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Fairy Reports from the Paranormal Database

Fairies are mythical creatures that are believed to have inhabited the UK and Ireland long before humans arrived. The name fairy can be confusing, as it can refer to the collective of all metaphysical or preternatural creatures (including pixies and goblins), or a specific type of entity within that group (popularly believed to be human-like, small and capable of flight). What follows is a list where fairy encounters have (or are likely to) occur.

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Music

Location: Cahir (County Tipperary) - Knockgraffon Motte
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies could once be heard making music under this artificial hill.


 


Dancing

Location: Calver (Derbyshire) - Stocking Field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People once believed the fairies came out at dusk and celebrated by dancing in this field.


 


Little People

Location: Capel St. Mary (Suffolk) - Old house on edge of woods
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies were once said to frequent this locale.


 


Little People

Location: Carmyllie (Angus) - Carmylie Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a popular place for pixies to frequent and dance, they have not been seen in recent years. They are said to be protecting a concealed hoard of gold.


 


Changeling

Location: Castlemartyr (County Cork) - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary Scannell discovered that her own healthy baby had been replaced by a sickly child which did not stop crying - a changeling! A wise woman told Mary to underfeed the changeling and to beat it. Within a week the new child had gone, and the fairies returned Mary's own baby.


 


Dancing Folk

Location: Cauldon Low (Staffordshire) - Ribden Lowe (round barrow on top of a hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The round barrow on this site was home to a hundred or so dancing fairies (according to Mary Howitt), with nine harp players to provide music.


 


Watching Pixies

Location: Challacombe (Devon) - Area between village and Chapman's Barrows, locally known as Pixie Rocks
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These little fellows use the rocks as a lookout area, the jagged crags forming a natural defence.


 


The Funny Man

Location: Chelmsford (Essex) - Springfield Place, near Chelmsford
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1864, 1946
Further Comments: Many have complained of being harassed by an unknown force while at the building, reports blaming an ugly little dwarf said to haunt the area, particularly the churchyard.


 


Dwarf

Location: Chudleigh Knighton (Devon) - Exact location unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little man is said to stand guard over a fabulous wealth, once concealed from greedy men.


 


Strange Sprite

Location: Church Stowe (Northamptonshire) - St Michael's Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: During construction of the church
Further Comments: This religious building was due to be built in a slightly different position, but every night a large fairy appeared and moved the walls. The builders finally gave in and finished the construction where the sprite recommended.


 


Little Old Men with Long Beards and Pointy Hats

Location: Clacton-on-Sea (Essex) - Jaywick's Frobisher Primary School, school field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Two girls watched a couple of fairy folk, described as looking like the average garden gnome, dig a hole in the school's playing field.


 


Fairy Music

Location: Clava Cairns (Highland) - Stone Cairns
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The haunting sound of fiddling has been heard in this ancient area, leading some to say that the music is produced by fairies. A few people who have removed stones from the site are reported have returned them after suffering from bad luck.


 


Dancing Trolls

Location: Cleveland (Yorkshire) - New Marske Woods
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Around midnight
Further Comments: Small troll-like creatures are said to party and play jovial music in this wooded area. They welcome anyone who shows no fear of them.


 


Urisk

Location: Clifton (Perth and Kinross) - Eas Na H'urvisg - waterfall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cascade of water is named after the human/fairy hybrid that once lived there.


 


Chatterer

Location: Clitheroe (Lancashire) - Well Hall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An entity here was said to keep a former owner company - the old woman would sit by the fire with the spirit next to her.


 


Dancing Pixies

Location: Clocaenog Forest (Clwyd) - General area, & Craig Bron Bannog hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people have been seen in this area for many years now, often dancing the night (and day) away.


 


Pwca

Location: Clydach (Gwent) - Pwll y Cwn pool
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water spirit, Pwca was once thought to hide out in this deep pool of water located under the waterfall here.


 


Party

Location: Cockden (Lancashire) - Hey Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people were said to use this area as a meeting ground.


 


Hidden Fairies

Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Castle How - hillfort
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Children digging in the area were said to have unearthed a small fairy house - it later vanished, along with their digging equipment, though two small figures were observed in the area for several days afterwards.


 


Fairies Playing around Trees

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Victoria Road
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: An inhabitant of the road watched a group of fairies dancing around an old tree trunk.


 


Little Man

Location: Coleford (Gloucestershire) - Unknown building in town
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1926?
Further Comments: A little man-like figure was found in crawling around in a coal scuttle. The figure was carried out and left on the driveway, never to be seen again.


 


Angry Dwarf

Location: Colne (Lancashire) - Hobstones Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1950 to 1974
Further Comments: This entity, part fairy and part ghost, was seen many times and drove out several families, until exorcised by clergy. The bleeding, severed arm was said to be the most noticeable and terrifying feature of the manifestation. Phantom cavaliers were also reported, as were violent poltergeist outbreaks.


 


Ugly Fairy

Location: Corsham (Wiltshire) - Churchyard
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature, standing no taller than one metre, was seen sitting upon one of the gravestones. It was once seen by two women - one fainted, the other traumatised. A third woman with them saw nothing.


 


Brownie

Location: Cranshaws (Borders) - Cranshaws Tower
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This friendly entity would help keep the building clean and tidy, though it left for good after a servant criticised the quality of its work.


 


Leprechaun

Location: Crookstown (County Cork) - Fort in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little fellow wore a red cap, a black jacket, long grey stockings and narrow shoes with turned up toes. His home was in a row of bushes which grew close to the fort. Most people knew not to go near the bushes, but Mr Sullivan decided that they needed a trim. After a few minutes cutting away, he severed the top of his finger, so quit the task.


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