Downham CAT 10 10 1914 002 downham diamonds

"Downham Diamonds"
Small crystals, known as Downham Diamonds", may be found quite commonly at Downham, by digging into the earth with a fork; anyone will show you where. Of course they are of little value, but have long been known, for they are referred to in an old song preserved among the Parker family papers at Browsholme Hall, entitled a "Balade of Maryage"
"When summer's heat will dry no mire,
And winters rain on longer patter,
When lead will melt withouten fire,
And barley-bread do need on water;
When Downham stones with diamond rings,
And cockles be with pearls compared;
When gold is made of grey-goose wings,
Then will my love and I be married."
Dr Witaker says: "At Downham is found a species of crystals, usually called Downham Diamonds, which in lustre equal Bristol stones."

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times 10/10/1914

Tom 26 5 1899 Rev. Curling 004

Preston Chronicle 25/6/1899

Tom Mar 8 1905 A 002 REading Room

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