Fairies and Little People

 
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.


 
Farm Hand

Location: Skipton (Yorkshire) - Close House
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Being a dab hand with corn thrashing, this fairy fellow was most welcome at the house, but left when accidentally insulted by the owner.


 
Fairy Flag

Location: Sligachan, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Dunvegan Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Flag of the MacLeod's was given to them by a fairy that changed herself into a mortal and married into the family - it can only be used three times, but each time it is waved, it grants the MacLeods victory over a foe. Used twice before (1490 & 1580), the flag remained true to the fairy's words. The Fairy Bridge near the castle is considered inherently evil, and upsets animals.


 
Phynnodderee

Location: Snaefell (Isle of Man) - Tholt-e-Will, Snafield mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phynnodderee, also known as a fenodyree, started to help someone build their home but fled the area after a gift left for the fairy unbound it from the site.


 
Leaving Fairies

Location: Snizort, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Dun Borve
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The locals once played a trick on the fairies here - they promptly moved away in protest.


 
Dancing Fairies

Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Llyn Du'r Arddu
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small lake on the north side of Snowdon is home to a number of fairies and goblins who dance around the shoreline.


 
Little People

Location: South Barrule (Isle of Man) - South Barrule hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The south facing side of the hill are said to be where the vast majority of the island's fairies and pixies live. It is also said that a giant sleeps under the hill, cursed by Merlin.


 
Fairy Fort

Location: South Harris (Outer Hebrides) - Dun Borbe
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old hill fort once belonged to the fairies, although by stabbing the hill with a knife, one can hear the little people speak.


 
Nanny Diamonds

Location: Southwell, Portland (Dorset) - Road between Southwell and Cheyne
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little folk are still reputed to dance and cause mischief along this piece of road.


 
Speech

Location: Sowerby (Yorkshire) - Pudding Pie Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies can be heard talking within the hill if the listener either runs around the hill nine times anticlockwise while the moon is waxing, or they stick a knife into the centre of the mound, or both.


 
Robin Roundcap

Location: Spaldington (Yorkshire) - Spaldington Hall (demolished 1838)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1838
Further Comments: An elf took up residence here, putting out fires and spoiling food. He was banished to a nearby well by three members of the clergy.


 
Home

Location: St Andrews (Fife) - Small knoll close to the Martyr's Monument, and nearby Witch Lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies were once thought to live around the knoll, which local legend says was also used as a site to burn witches if they survived their dunking at nearby Witch Lake.


 
Fairy Cow

Location: St Buryan (Cornwall) - Field called Park-an-Ventan, Bosfrancan (no longer there?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local farmer once kept a cow that was used by fairies after dark - the little folk were driven away, and the farmer's luck changed from good to bad.


 
Fairy Feast

Location: St Catherine's Point (Isle of Wight) - Puckaster Cove
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people were once seen here, eating and having a party.


 
Blinded

Location: St John (Jersey) - Lavoir des Dames
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies which were believed to live bathe here would strike anyone blind who spotted them. The area is also said to be home to spooky noises, although the source is unknown.


 
Dancing People

Location: St Just (Cornwall) - Carn Gluze barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Traditionally the homes of fairies, this barrow is one of many in the area and the little people have been seen dancing around it.


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