Folklore

Discover the old myths and tall tales handed down over the generations from our ancient lands…

The Story of St Leonard, England’s Last Dragon Slayer

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PETULA MITCHELL tells us about the St Leonard, the 6th century French hermit who killed England's last dragon near Horsham in West Sussex

What Lurks In Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Woods?

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Enter Dartmoor's Wistman's Woods at your own peril, lest you come face to face with evil, warns RICK HALE

Evil fairies bewitch ploughman on Bennachie

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Guest writer DUNCAN HARLEY tells of a a fairy dance and a snoring giant on the hill of Bennachie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Jim Fitzpatrick on Irish Mythology, Phil Lynott and Che Guevara

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ANN MASSEY speaks to renowned Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick about Irish mythology, Phil Lynott’s love of Irish folklore and dark poets and THAT Che Guevara poster!

Ireland’s Top 10 dark folk songs based on hauntings and death

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Here’s our top 10 favourite Irish folklore and dark history inspired songs, according to ANN MASSEY!

Going Underground: 3 Subterranean Spirits

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KATE CHERRELL takes us underground to visit the world of miners and the spirits who would sometimes give them a helping hand...

10 Weirdest British Easter traditions you never knew

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals some strange and wonderful Easter traditions from Britain

5 Scottish death customs you never knew existed

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A Highland Funeral by Sir James Guthrie, 1883.
KATE CHERRELL looks at five unusual Scottish death customs

Did Welsh Giants Once Roam the Valleys?

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CLAIRE BARRAND goes searching for Welsh Giants!

5 strange British funeral superstitions

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Welsh funeral
Death and funerals are surrounded by folklore and superstition. KATE CHERELL reveals some of the strangest beliefs concerning British funerals...

Spooky Christmas Folklore You Need to Know!

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals the spooky backgrounds to many of the ancient Christmas folklore and traditions that we still enjoy!

6 Welsh Places with Gates to Annwn, ‘The Otherworld’

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CLAIRE BARRAND tells us where to find gateways to The Welsh Otherworld of Annwn….

Old Prophet Edmund Jones, The Fairy Minister of Wales who saved...

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CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about Edmund Jones aka The Old Prophet Jones, a crucial collector of Welsh folklore

Fire-gazing folklore: A guide seeing through the flames

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CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about the folklore of fire-gazing

Gurning Man of Glasgow Mystery: The truth revealed!

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Gurning Man Glasgow
Discover the truth behind the Gurning Man of Glasgow, MJ STEEL COLLINS reports

Secret Devil’s Standing Stones in Marston Moretaine

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MELISSA ELBORN follows in the Devil’s footsteps in Bedfordshire village, Marston Moretaine.

Top 10 scariest Banshee appearances in Ireland

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ANN MASSEY gives us her top 10 terrifying Banshee appearances from history in Ireland…

Britain’s strangest food-related superstitions

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CLAIRE BARRAND discusses folklore in the kitchen and the rules we must follow to ensure we don't have back luck!

The Corpse Bird: A Guide to Welsh Owl Folklore

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Barn Owl, Owl Folklore
Owls feature prominently in Welsh and wider Celtic folklore, says CLAIRE BARRAND

England’s 6 most terrifying historic vampire cases

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Croglin Grange Vampire
Real-life vampires and other bloodsucking creatures are found throughout English history, says RICK HALE

Who is the Bogeyman and where did he come from?

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Fungus the Bogeyman
The Bogeyman: CLAIRE BARRAND reveals the British origins of the monster we all know

Beltane in Wales: How to Celebrate Welsh May Day

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May Day Rituals
CLAIRE BARRAND explains the superstitions and customs of Beltane in Wales, the Gaelic May Day festival...

Cryptid Worms: Legend and Lore

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CLAIRE BARRAND explores the disturbing stories of Cryptid Mutant Worms from folklore

Cornish Owlman: Everything you need to know

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The strange Cornish Owlman was first seen in Mawnan Smith in the 1970s. NIA JONES reveals its strange legend.

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