Fairies and Little People

 
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.


 
Kelpie Bridle

Location: Rannoch (Highland) - Lochanna Cuile (location may have changed identity), near or on Rannoch Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man travelling from Pitlochry to Nether Lochaber rested in this area and found a horse's bridle made of pure silver which burnt hot to the touch. A wise woman told the man it belonged to a Kelpie and instructed him to hang it in his home on a crook of rowan. The man did as instructed and was blessed with luck for the rest of his life.


 
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 (aka Sturfit Hall) (no longer standing?)
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.


 
Coal Discovery

Location: Rhymney (Gwent) - Valley area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The coal deposits in the valley are said to have been discovered by fairies after they killed a giant which was attacking their homes. The giant was assassinated as he slept and the fairies set fire to his body; they realised that the ground continued to burn after their enemy's body had turned to ash.


 
Music in the Air

Location: Risca (Gwent) - Twm Barlwm mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies are said to produce the sweet music which occasionally drifts down from the mountain at night.


 
Peg Powler

Location: River Tees (Durham) - Waters of the river
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water entity would pull under anyone who swam too close to her home - witnesses would only see her green hair seconds before their friends who would be pulled under the water.


 
White Horse

Location: River Wharfe (Yorkshire) - Wharfedale's Strid
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Together with a fairy, this pale horse rises from the dangerous waters once a year. It has been known to drown people who come too close.


 
Cure for Whooping Cough

Location: Runswick Bay (Yorkshire) - Hob Holes - caves along the coastline
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Any child taken into the caves at low tide would be cured by the little people (or little person, depending on the legend) who lived within.


 
Goblin Home

Location: Ryme Intrinseca (Dorset) - Buckbarrow (current name of location unknown)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Though no trace of the structure now remains, a barrow in this neighbourhood was once the home of goblins (or a close fairy family member).


 
Healing Waters

Location: Sabden (Lancashire) - Fairy Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The one time rendezvous point of the little folk, their magical powers ensured the water of the well cured the sick.


 
Blessing

Location: Santon (Isle of Man) - Fairy Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It is considered unlucky not to say 'good day' to the fairies as you cross the bridge. In recent years, people have begun to leave gifts and notes on a nearby tree for the fairies.


 
Several Dancers in White Muslin

Location: Saxmundham (Suffolk) - Harpers Lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Observed by a couple of young children, the dancers only remained visible for a few seconds before disappearing.


 
Jinny On Boggard

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - River Trent on Humberside / Lincolnshire border, area known as Jenny Hurn bend
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature was like a small man or woman, though it had a face of a seal with long hair. It travelled on the water in a large pie dish. Another creature here, or possibly another form of the same one, had large tusks and swam in the water; it would only leave to feed.


 
Fairy Fort

Location: Shannon (County Clare) - Airport
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: While constructing a new runway during the 1950s, the chief engineer was warned that the work would result in the destruction of a fairy fort - the location of the runway was changed, leaving the fort undisturbed.


 
Apports

Location: Shiant Isles (Outer Hebrides) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The island is renown for its mischievous fairies, who take objects or mysteriously place other objects in strange places.


 
Pixies

Location: Shurton (Somerset) - Wick Barrow, aka Pixies Mound (on the site of Hinkley Point power station, private property)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This barrow was the home to pixies, who were said to have caused several accidents during the construction of the power station.


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