Thursday, July 30, 2009

Getliffes Yard

On Derby Street is the hidden entrance to Getliffes Yard,three cottages and stables that have stood since the early 19th Century. Today restored to its former lively character, it is a vibrant community of shops, businesses and cafes, on original cobblestones below a magnificent glass dome.
Local legend has it that a witch lived here in times past along side a baker. The baker noticed that when ever the witches black cat was near by all the baking was ruined. so one day the baker threw a hot oat cake at the cat hitting it on the back and then chased it into the witches house. In the house there was no sign of the cat but the witch was howling in pain from a burn on her back.

9 comments:

  1. I'd better remind Miss Darcy not to hang around outside baker shops... Lovely photo, I like 'secret' places and there's something very special about those ordinary buildings that have survived from the start of the 19th century, too easy to imagine everyone in these days in Georgian grandeur and forget where bakers and witches lived and worked.

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  2. Nice story, and an unexpected view of Leek - most of your other images have been of run down buildings, and I'd come to the conclusion that Leek had seen better days. I'm glad that there is some vibrancy still in the twon.

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  3. Fabulous foto of a colorful, beautiful place! Love the plants, cobblestons, etc.

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  4. Do they still serve oatcakes here? I was recently introduced to your Staffordshire oatcakes and find them quite lovely. We tried to recreate them but to no avail. Would it be possible to get a photo of oatcakes being made or consumed?

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  5. very beautiful place and interesting story, congratulations!

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  6. The stories just add to the character. Absolutely beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love the colours Brett. The story is great - and is one that will always be retold.

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