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The Giant of Yewdale
Yewdale, Lancashire


When the Giant, known as Great Will of the Tarns, came to live above Yewdale Head, he gained repute as a useful labourer. But one day, as Lady Eva le Flemming was walking with her maid Barabara through a coppice, the Giant sprang out upon them. Snatching up Barbara, as though she were an infant, he disappeared among the trees. Lady Eva raised the alarm, horsemen rode in hot pursuit and the Giant, enraged at being cornered, dashed his victim into the foaming torrent. Her lover plunged to her rescue nut both were drowned. It was small consolation to Lady Eva that the Giant was slain by his pursuers.

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