The screech of a Barn Owl flying past the window of a sick person was seen as a certain omen of death.
The Barn Owl's screech was also regarded as a warning that cold weather or a storm was at hand.
A rather odd belief was that if you kept walking around an owl, it would keep turning its head until it had wrung its neck!
Raw owl's eggs were used as a sure fire way to cure drunkenness. And owl's eggs, cooked until they had been reduced to ash, were used in potions to improve eyesight.
Owl broth was believed to cure Whooping-cough.
To see an owl is regarded as good luck in Northern England.