Folklore

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

The Wrekin Giant, the monster who hated the people of Shrewsbury

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The Wrekin Giant
The Wrekin Giant's grudge lead to him to create hills in Shropshire, says PHILIP DAVIES

How to use the Witch’s Rosary

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Rosary beads aren’t something that is just limited to the Christian faith as PHILIP DAVIES finds out

Black dogs and other terrifying warnings of death

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Guest writer K.B. GODDARD ponders the legends of portents of death around the Spooky Isles

The art of co-operating with fairies

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AMY VAN CASTEELE says fairies can be helpful or problematic depending on how you deal with them...

What is a Selkie or Seal Bride?

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AMY VAN DE CASTEELE reveals that not all Scottish fairiers are landlubbers...

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies

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The Cottingley Fairies is a fascinating case, says NIA JONES

The Ying and Yang of Scottish Fairy Queens

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AMY VAN DE CASTEELE reveals how stories of fairies differ greatly in different parts of Scotland

The Devil in Derbyshire

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K.B. GODDARD explores Derbyshire's surprising folklore links with the devil...

How Finn McCool made the Giant’s Causeway

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This Saint Patrick's Day, JANET QUINLIVAN tells the story behind one of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway

Pearlin' Jean: A Ghost Story Of Umpteen Variations

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Pearlin Jean, Pearlin' Jean
MJ STEEL COLLINS looks at Pearlin' Jean, Scottish ghost legend, which has many versions, each as scary as the other!

The Dark Side of Magic: Witches and the Sidhe

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AMY VAN DE CASTEELE takes a look back at the time when witches and fairies were anything but the fodder of children's stories

Stoney Middleton’s Dark Past

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Guest writer K.B. GODDARD takes a look at one of England's most spooky villages, Stoney Middleton in the Derbyshire Dales

6 Strangest Beings from Scottish Highland Folklore

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MJ STEEL COLLINS reveals creatures that might be encountered in a good Highland folktale

The Sea Tombed Village of Singleton Thorpe

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BARRY McCANN looks at fascinating story of the fabled submerged village of Singleton Thorpe reputedly near Blackpool in Lancashire

Boggart Hole Clough – what is a Boggart?

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boggart hole clough - what is a boggart?
BECKY KEANE tells us about the Legend of Boggart Hole Clough in Manchester

The Evil Ghost Vicar of Ratcliff Wharf

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St Anne's Church, Limehouse
EDDIE BRAZIL looks at the construction of urban folklore horror in the form of a murderous vicar from London's east end

Otta F Swire, Scotland’s Forgotten Folklorist

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Otta Swire, Otta F Swire
MJ STEEL COLLINS looks at the little known Scottish author Otta F Swire and her amazing Herbridean folktales

Big Cat Sightings of North West England

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Big Cat Sightings of North West England
BECKY KEANE takes a look at mysterious big cat sightings in North West England

Britain’s weirdest May Day rituals

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May Day Rituals
It's May Day so POLLYANNA JONES is going to tell us about some of the UK's more bizarre rites of spring

Beware of the Evil Changeling Child

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Guest writer POLLYANNA JONES retells the Herefordshire folktale of The Fairy Changeling

6 Magical Places to Visit from the life of St Patrick

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON celebrates St Patrick's Day by pointing to the places important in the life of Ireland's patron saint

17 Things you didn’t know about Saint Patrick 

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Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this list of things ANN O'REGAN thought you should know about Ireland's patron saint

Ireland’s 7 Darkest Goddesses that inspire revenge and death

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Irish Goddesses are the perfect woman’s guide to revenge, infidelity, intoxication and death, says ANN MASSEY

The Deadly Lure of the Irish Femme Fatale

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Irish Vampire Dearg Due
ANN MASSEY O'REGAN takes a look at the supernatural Irish Femme Fatale.

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Shrewsbury: 5 Haunted Places to Visit

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Shrewsbury is an ancient, medieval town with a spooky, haunted feel. Here are 5 of its most haunted places to visit.