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GUEST,me Folklore: Origin of 'Going to hell in a handcart' (37) RE: Folklore: Origin of 'Going to hell in a handcart' 01 Nov 11


In Fairford church, Gloucestershire, the great West window (installed before 1517 AD) shows the Day of Judgment in stained glass, with the innocent going to heaven and the guilty going to hell. Among the latter is an old woman in a wheelbarrow, being pushed to her doom by a blue devil. So the idea of "going to hell in a handcart" is a good 500 years old.


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