Strange Pages from Family Papers

Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer (1848 - 1923)

“Among other qualities which have been supposed to belong to a dead man’s hand, are its medicinal virtues, in connection with which may be mentioned the famous ‘dead hand,’ which was, in years past, kept at Bryn Hall, Lancashire… Thus the case is related of a woman who, attacked with the smallpox, had this dead hand in bed with her every night for six weeks, and of a poor lad living near Manchester who was touched with it for the cure of scrofulous sores.”

Though not all chapters have such gruesome subjects as The Dead Hand, all are full of a curious mixture of superstition and local history that will delight and amuse the modern listener. (Summary by David Barnes).

Read by Annika Feilbach, Carl Manchester, Claire Goget, Cori Samuel, David Barnes, Graham Redman, Hugh McGuire, Jennie Hughes, Lizzie Driver, Peter Yearsley, Philippa, Sarah McIntrye, Sarah O'Connor and Stuart Pyle.

Genre(s): Dramatic Readings, Social Science (Culture & Anthropology)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Fatal Curses Group 00:41:20
Play 02 The Screaming Skull Group 00:26:34
Play 03 Eccentric Vows Group 00:37:30
Play 04 Strange Banquets Group 00:29:50
Play 05 Mysterious Rooms Group 00:36:33
Play 06 Indelible Bloodstains Group 00:28:45
Play 07 Curious Secrets Group 00:31:14
Play 08 The Dead Hand Group 00:10:54
Play 09 Devil Compacts Group 00:24:47
Play 10 Family Death Omens Group 00:27:03
Play 11 Weird Possessions Group 00:12:24
Play 12 Romance of Disguise Group 00:32:05
Play 13 Extraordinary Disappearances Group 00:33:57
Play 14 Honoured Hearts Group 00:14:19
Play 15 Romance of Wealth Group 00:24:29
Play 16 Lucky Accidents Group 00:14:16
Play 17 Fatal Passion Group 00:27:41