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Sightings of Fairies & Their Kin

Butter Makers

Location: Baysdale (Yorkshire) - Unidentified spring or well in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little folk would use water in this area in the creation of their butter.

Fairy Home

Location: Beanley (Northumberland) - Moors in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The moorland in his region was considered a place where the little people could hide.

Moving Fairies

Location: Beary Mountain (aka Bearey Mountain) (Isle of Man) - Upper part of the site
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early 1800s
Further Comments: A group of fairies carrying household items were observed walking up the mountain, disappearing into the mists which circled the top. It was thought they moved home to escape the sound of a newly built mill.

Water Fairies

Location: Beddgelert (Gwynedd) - Aberglaslyn Pass
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness watched the little people playing merrily in the water at the pass. Nearby is the grave of Gelert (the dog that was mistakenly killed by its master after saving a child from a wolf) where the hound's ghost has been reported. Finally, the ghostly woman in white who haunts the area is an ill omen, with death said to follow a sighting.


Location: Bedruthan (Cornwall) - Beach, cliff top, & Bedruthan Steps
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Some believe these creatures to resemble mutant dwarfs (two foot high, large eyes with deformed and twisted heads), while others call them the ghosts of those killed while being forced to work for the Romans... Either way, they can be heard mining and picking away at the rocks underground in these areas.

Sounds of Hunters

Location: Bedwellty (Gwent) - Mountain in the area, close to Ebbw Fawr
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Evan Thomas claimed to have scared away invisible fairy hunters by drawing his knife (it was said that fairies were afraid of knives and iron).

Flying Pigs

Location: Bedwellty (Gwent) - Field known as Y Weirglodd Fawr Dafolog
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Six people watched a flock of fairies flying in the sky - two people said they resembled sheep, two people said greyhounds, and the other two said pigs.

Helpful Fairies

Location: Beedon (Berkshire) - Burrow Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people here are traditionally helpful in nature, and once fixed a plough for a farmer. When archaeologists tried to dig up the barrow in 1850, a storm blew up and drove them away. A golden coffin is said to be buried in the area.

Red Caps

Location: Beelsby (Lincolnshire) - Unnamed field in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In an unnamed field in this area treasure is reputedly buried. Two fairy-like entities wearing red caps are said to occasionally appear, searching for the hoard.

Small Staircase

Location: Beetham (Cumbria) - The Fairy Steps
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Too small for normal human use, the stairs are believed to have been designed for fairy use. A local legend says if you can climb them without touching the stone cliffs on either side, you will be granted a wish.

Apologise to the Tree

Location: Belfast (County Dublin) - Ormeau Golf Club
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Tree still present
Further Comments: If the fairy tree found near the course is hit by an errant golf ball, the player is advised to apologise to avoid the wrath of the little people. Even if not struck, it is said that golfers nod at the tree as they pass. Just in case.

Young Girl

Location: Ben Alder (Highland) - Below the mountain, en route for Loch Ossian
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: April / May 2011
Further Comments: Having traversed old drover track on western shoulder of Ben Alder, a walker was looking for a suitable spot to cross a stream. The walker noticed the image of a smiling young girl, dressed in blue/green watery outfit, sitting on a slab of rock amidst the fast moving water. She was pointing to the water, enticing the walker to cross. The walker panicked and moved further downstream, crossing at a point where the water was calmer.


Location: Berriew (Powys) - Field between Hafodafel and Pen-y-Llwyn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A child walking this path with his aunt watched many people moving around a sheep pen, including a pale woman wearing a red jacket and a crown. When the child mentioned it to his aunt a little later, she said he must have been dreaming, as only ruins stood in that field.

Fairy Song

Location: Bincombe (Dorset) - Singing Barrows, Bincombe Down
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Midday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Local superstition states that if you place your ear to the ground here at midday, you can hear the soft singing of fairy folk.

Fairy Rings

Location: Birstall (Leicestershire) - Mill Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area was widely believed to be the haunt of fairy folk, where they would come and dance in the pale moonlight.

Fairy Guardians

Location: Bishopton (Durham) - Castle Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the castle is long gone, the area is still a place where fairies hide - anyone trying to steal earth or soil from the land is warned off by whispering voices.

Fairy Fair

Location: Black Down Hills (Somerset) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Fairies were once believed to hold annual fairs on the hills, singing and dancing throughout the night.

Little Man

Location: Bottlehill (County Cork) - Road heading towards Cork
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Farmer Mick Purcell was forced to take his cow to Cork to sell. While on the road Purcell met a little man and swopped the cow for a small bottle. Understandably, returning home with a bottle instead of money upset Purcell's wife, until he opened it - out sprang two figures which covered the table with gold and silver dishes.

Figures in Brown

Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Branksome Park estate
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen in a garden on this estate, several little people dressed in brown played in and around the bushes before being scared off.

Fairy Home

Location: Braddan (Isle of Man) - 'Real' Fairy Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Bridge still present
Further Comments: This is another site said to be home to the fairies, and it is considered unlucky not to say hello or wave to them as you cross the bridge.


Location: Braddan (Isle of Man) - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A short phantom with a hairy and evil face, this entity would haunt the churchyard. It could only be safely passed if bowed to three times.

Fairy Photographs

Location: Bradford (Yorkshire) - Cottingley, fields around
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1917
Further Comments: Becoming world famous, the handful of fairy photographs taken here by the girls Elsie & Frances are still a bone of contention in the fortean world. The book by Joe Cooper, 'The Case of the Cottingley Fairies', is worth reading for further (and very detailed) information.


Location: Bradwell (Derbyshire) - Wells in the village
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Easter Sunday (tradition died out nineteenth century?)
Further Comments: Children in the area would drop pins in the village wells for luck. Each well had a fairy protector who would know whether a child had not performed the ritual. The following day, children had glass bottles tied around their necks on string; if a child had not dropped a pin, the fairies would break their bottle.

Fairy Stone

Location: Braemar (Aberdeenshire) - Mill (unlikely to stand) close to the River Dee
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A kelpie crept into the mill at night and used a fairy stone to grind a sack of flour to give to a mortal woman he had taken a liking to. The miller awoke and heading out to his workplace, spotted kelpie leaving the site with the sack of flour over his shoulder. The miller picked up the forgotten fairy stone and lobbed it at the kelpie. The stone struck the kelpie's leg, breaking it, and causing the entity to roll into the River Dee where it drowned.


Location: Breadalbane (Stirling) - Hills around the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Urisk were said to be part human and part fairy, and shunned by both races. They would sometimes be seen sitting by the roadside or loitering outside farms and other buildings in want of food.

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