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Piano nobile

Main floor of a Palladian or Georgian building.

Piece Hall

Rare example of a large-scale cloth hall – an exchange for trading woollen and worsted cloth “pieces” – that is largely intact.

Pierre Adolphe Valette

French Impressionist painter who taught at the Manchester School of Art from 1906 until 1920.

Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery & Tiles

Former manufacturer of tiles, vases and bowls established in 1892, best remembered for their fine glazes such as Royal Lancastrian.

Pit Brow Women

Female surface labourers at British collieries. They worked at the coal screens on the pit brow (pit bank) at the shaft top until the 1960s. Their job was to pick stones and sort the coal after it was hauled to the surface.

Pitfour estate

Estate in the Buchan area of north-east Scotland, home to James Ferguson of Badifurrow, the first Laird of Pitfour, and two generations of his family.

Pittenweem witches

Five Scottish women accused of witchcraft in the small fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife on the east coast of Scotland in 1704.

Plague stones

Hollowed out stones or boulders containing vinegar to disinfect coins, usually placed at or near parish boundaries, relics of medieval plagues.


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Pollock and the Porroh Man

Short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1895, about a murdered witch-doctor whose severed head haunts the man responsible for his death.