Folklore

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

Cursing Stones, the mysterious altar for revenge in Ireland

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Cursing stones have been used to exact revenge throughout Ireland for centuries. CHRIS RUSH takes a closer look.

4 Halloween traditions we all love and the creepy reasons behind...

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Mirrors can be spooky on Hallloween night
KERRY GREENAWAY gives a little nod to the spirits around us with a look at Halloween traditions

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

Fire-gazing folklore: A guide seeing through the flames

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CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about the folklore of fire-gazing

Huw Llwyd of Cynfal Fawr, The Mercenary and Sorcerer of North...

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NIA JONES recounts the magnificence of Welsh legend Huw Llwyd of Cynfal Fawrw Llwyd of Cynfal Fawr, The Mercenary and Sorcerer of North Wales

What is a Selkie or Seal Bride?

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

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

Fachen, a Strange Giant

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JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about the half giants known as Fachen, which had one eye, one arm and one leg

Spring Heeled Jack and other phantom attackers

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Spring Heeled Jack
Guest JON KANEKO-JAMES looks at the legend of Spring-Heeled Jack...

Morgan Le Fay, the woman who stole Excalibur

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NIA JONES tells us about the legendary wicked Arthurian character Morgan Le Fay for Spooky Isles' Wicked Women Week

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

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...

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

David Copperfield and other amazing caulbearers in fiction

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Born with a caul David Copperfield
David Copperfield, Hamlet and Danny from The Shining are all caulbearers in fiction, explains CLAIRE BARRAND

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.

Fairy Shock Troop of Ireland

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ANN MASSEY O'REGAN tells us why you should always have a piece of iron in your pocket should you cross the Slua Sidhe in Ireland.

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!

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.

Leprechauns: Everything you need to know

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Leprechaun
ANN MASSEY tells us about Ireland’s most recognisable and smallest inhabitant

The Legend of Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

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Mitchells-Fold-Circle
PHILIP DAVIES tells of us the mystery surrounding Mitchell's Fold Circle in Shropshire...

The Brag, don’t ride the shape-shifting Devil Horse!

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The Brag
JON KANEKO-JAMES tells us about shape-shifting devil horses from the north of England

Lancashire Day, a time to celebrate wonderful monsters, witches and strange...

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A close up of the plaque on the Witches Grave in Woodplumpton, Lancashire
Guest writer CHRIS NEWTON marks Lancashire Day by revealing the county's strangest folktales and mythic legends

Mari Lwyd: How the Welsh celebrate Christmas with Horse Skull

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The Mari Lwyd Christmas tradition in Wales sees locals carrying a decorated horse skulls, says CLAIRE BARRAND

Halloween monsters crawl out from real Irish folklore

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ANN MASSEY O’REGAN gets us ready for Halloween with these real life monsters from Ireland's folklore

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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.