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Moonraking: The Folklore
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If you're born and bred in the county, you can rightfully claim to be a 'Moonraker'.

But who were the first Moonrakers?

There are many communities who lay claim to originating the story but the one we favour is set in Devizes where a group of sixteenth century smugglers were forced to hide their contraband in The Crammer after being surprised by a visit from the excisemen.

As a ruse, the smugglers pretended they were attempting to rake a 'cheese' that had rolled into the water.

The excisemen, seeing the men were in fact raking the moon's reflection, left the simple country-folk to their labours and rode out of town, unaware that the Wiltshire men were having the last laugh!

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Graham Dunn
Wroughton the place where they sat the pig on the wall to watch the band go by

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On the BBC radio programme 'Open Country' this morning (Sat 3 May) the small town of Marsden situated about 6 miles south west of Huddersfield in W.Yorks also laid claim to this designation.

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FOLKLORE

Beltane
Spring Equinox
Winter Solstice
Community History
The Celtic Wheel
Black Dogs
Moonraking
Name-calling
Oak Apple Day
Flying monk
Devilish Wiltshire
The ghostly fair
Maypoles

SEE ALSO

Interview with a Vampire Researcher

The Inn among the stones

Is this Devizes hotel room really haunted?

Wiltshire's spookiest corner: The Mechanics' Institute, Swindon

The Landscape

Spooky Stuff

The Folklore

What does it all mean?

The Gallery

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BBC Wiltshire
Broadcasting House
56-58 Prospect Place
Swindon
Wilts
SN1 3RW
Telephone: 01793 513626
E-mail: wiltshire@bbc.co.uk

 


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Telephone: 01793 513626 | E-mail: wiltshire@bbc.co.uk


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