Jane Frizzle

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Jane Frizzle lived in the seventeenth century in the Derwent Valley near Muggleswick Common, Edmundbyers, County Durham. She lived in a farm cottage known by the name of "Crooked Oak", situated to the north of Mosswood Banks, the birch clad "Sneep” with its rocky point, and the Badger Wood;[1] the cottage probably getting its name from the fact that there was a gnarled Oak Tree in the vicinity.

The cottage was of Jacobean origin, with an ornamental doorway, surmounted by a stone lintel, carved into which was “1684” and “T” and “I.R.”, being the date the cottage was built and the initials of the owners/builders.[2]

She appeared to live alone, and was, as such, probably wrinkled and a "little odd", which is why she was considered to be a witch by many of the local country-folk.

No one knows when she died, and the only “definite?” fact is that she lived in the seventeenth century and is thought to be buried in the corner of a field at Greenhead, near Carterway Heads.

She is mentioned in “Ode to the River Derwent”, a poem of some 40 verses by John Carr which appears in The Bishoprick Garland of 1834 by Sir Cuthbert Sharp.[3]

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  1. ^ Richardson, Charles (1852). Hunting in many countries. 
  2. ^ J W Fawcett (1902). Tales of Derwentdale (PDF). Robert Jackson, Front Street, Consett. 
  3. ^ "The Bishoprick Garland page 39" (PDF). 

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