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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.

Image (left) courtesy of: www.royalmail.com/creatures

 


Floating Island

Location: Nantlle Valley (Gwynedd) - Lake of the Turf Sod
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An island once floated around this body of water, acting as a meeting place between a fairy and her human husband, after she was prevented by other members of her race to walk on land.


 


Elf Meet

Location: Newcastle (Gwent) - Oak tree on former site of castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The oak tree was once believed to be a site where the little folk would congregate.


 


Not a Banshee?

Location: Newmarket on Fergus (County Clare) - Lough Gaish
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early 1900s?
Further Comments: Residents who lived close to the lough reported hearing the wail of a banshee which lasted for several nights. When the cries ceased and no one died, the locals doubted whether the sounds actually came from a banshee... A little man in green was also spotted in the area. Matching the description of a leprechaun, a witness tried to grab him for his gold, but the little man vanished.


 


Summoning the Fairies

Location: Newport Pagnell (Buckinghamshire) - Barrow in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Running around this barrow nine times is said to bring forth the fairies.


 


Wild Edric

Location: No fixed abode (Shropshire) - Lead Mines
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: A county hero, Wild Edric is said to emerge from the lead mines where he lives and charge off towards England's enemies when required. Once flesh and blood, it is thought his fairy wife may have had a hand in making him and his troops immortal.


 


Small Trolls

Location: Northmavine (Shetlands) - Trowie Knowe cairn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cairn was used by trows who would only leave it by moonlight to go hunting.


 


Sixty Gnomes in Cars

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Wollaton Park, swampy area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: September 1979
Further Comments: Appearing to several children, these friendly gnomes sat two per car and playfully chased the children around the park. The wee fellows looked 'like Noddy', but with white beards. The cars moved without sound.


 


Glaistig

Location: Oban (Argyll and Bute) - Dunstaffgne (or Dunstaffnage) Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Prior to major news
Further Comments: The Glaistig is a fairy-like entity that follows a family, only becoming apparent when good or bad news is heard (that is when she bursts into song, cheers, or cries). Since the castle burnt down, the creature has not been heard.


 


Dancing Girls

Location: Okeford Fitzpaine (occasional referred to as Oxeford) (Dorset) - Okeford Hill (aka Oxeford Hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Two men out for a walk reported seeing a score of semi-naked girls dancing on the slopes of the hill. The figures rhythmically moved in a perfect circle before suddenly vanishing.


 


Fairy in Long Green Coat and a Golden Belt

Location: Onehouse (Suffolk) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1600s
Further Comments: As a reward for keeping a clean home, fairies would bring one house owner gifts. However, he bragged about the fact to a group of friends, and the little folk were never seen again.


 


The Picktree Brag

Location: Pelton (Durham) - Exact location unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A goblin which enjoyed playing tricks on the locals, this creature would normally take the form of a farm animal before creating mischief.


 


Angry Fairies

Location: Penmaen (West Glamorgan) - Pennard Castle (ruins)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The owner of this former castle once refused the local fairies the right to dance at his wedding party. The upset little people conjured up a massive storm which then destroyed the building. The site is now home to a Gwrach-y-rhibyn.


 


Singing Fairies

Location: Pentraeth (Gwynedd) - Mynydd Llwydiarth
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard singing on the mountain and from the nearby lake, these fairies were very rarely seen.


 


Fairy Funerals

Location: Penwortham (Lancashire) - Church Avenue
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairy funeral processions were said to once have occurred here, always by the soft light of the moon. It is reportedly unlucky for mortals to gaze upon them.


 


Fairy Fair

Location: Pitminster (Somerset) - Blackdown Hill, between Pitminster and Churchinford (once known as Chestonford)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A villager riding home spotted a large fair taking place on the hill, with many people dressed in colourful clothing. He decided to investigate further, but as he rode up to the site, the fair vanished. After riding through the area, the villager turned, and was once again able to see the event behind him.


 


Fairy Kingdom

Location: Pontneddfechan (Powys) - Criag-y-Coed
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rocky outcrop is said to be the last haunt of the fairy folk in Wales.


 


Naked Pixies

Location: Porlock Vale (Somerset) - Meadows around area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pixies in this neck of the woods would sit around their fires naked, and if seen by a human, the voyeur would be 'fairy led' - forced to dance and run in frenzy through woodland until sunrise.


 


Mass Evacuation

Location: Portland (Dorset) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1750s
Further Comments: When the first church bell rang across this region, all the local fairies packed their bags and fled.


 


The Hall Knocker

Location: Poulton le Fylde (Lancashire) - Stalmine
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity, now dismissed and contained under a stone in the local church, would help out the local farmers with the more boring tasks.


 


Funeral

Location: Pulborough (Sussex) - Park Mound, castle ruins
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A funeral procession of little people was once seen in the grounds of this ruin.


 


Little People

Location: Puxley (Northamptonshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is thought the village is named after a type of fairy that once frequented the area.


 


Eveling

Location: Ravenglass (Cumbria) - Roman ruins
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Eveling, King of the Fairies, along with his daughter Modron lived in the Roman ruins found here.


 


Helpful Hob

Location: Reeth (Yorkshire) - Sturfitt Hall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A domesticated fairy who took up residence here left when the owner insulted it by offering the creature a new set of clothing.


 


Lady of the Lake

Location: Rhondda (Mid Glamorgan) - Llyn Fawr
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This beautiful woman sits on a stone on the bank of the lake, though she dives under the water if she becomes aware of anyone watching her.


 


Entrance to Fairyland

Location: Rhyd-ddu (Gwynedd) - Llyn Cwellyn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There was once a way into fairyland here - one man who took it disappeared for seven years! A nearby lake contains a floating island, from which fairy music can be heard.


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