Fairies and Little People

Phynnodderee

Location: Snaefell (Isle of Man) - Tholt-e-Will (aka Tholt-y-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 is asleep under the hill, having been 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.


Missing Wife

Location: St John's (Isle of Man) - Ballaleece Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: The farmer's first wife was kidnapped by fairies, so he later remarried. A short time later, the first wife briefly reappeared and told the farmer that if swept the barn free of straw, then he would be able to grab her fairy horse and rescue her when she next rode past. The farmer shared the plan with his second wife, but filled with jealousy, she ensured that a piece of straw was left on the barn floor. The rescue failed and the first wife never returned.


Troll

Location: St Johns (Isle of Man) - Trollaby Lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Trolls were said to once lurk around various places on the Isle, with place names indicating where they lived. Church bells were said to have driven them away.


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.


Gateway to Fairyland

Location: St Pierre du Bois (Guernsey) - Creux es Faies (megalithic tomb)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Tomb still present
Further Comments: Legend names this site as an entrance to fairyland, with the little people being seen milling around the doorway. If one left a bowl of porridge by the doorway with unfinished knitting overnight, by the following day the bowl would be empty and the knitting complete.


Washing Folk

Location: Staining (Lancashire) - High Cross way
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These fairies would arrive in the area at midnight to make use of the stream water to wash their clothing.


Cake Baking Fairies

Location: Stogursey (Somerset) - Wick Barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pixies here rewarded a man with a cake after he helped them repair a cooking implement.


Dances

Location: Stoney Stanton (Leicestershire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This village was once said to be well known for its fairy rings and fairy dances.


Soft Ringing

Location: Stourpaine (Dorset) - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people ring the church bells after covering them with dew, ensuring the soft ringing is seldom heard by mortals.


Dozen Dancing Fairies

Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Exact area unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1842
Further Comments: Whilst walking one night, a gentleman watched a dozen doll-like figures dancing around in a ring. He reported them as being more like little ghosts than solid creatures, making no sound and wearing sparkling dresses, standing no more than three foot high. Fairies were once quite common (as common as fairy sightings are) in the meadows surrounding the town.


Tiny Frolicsome People

Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Tavern Street
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing only at night, tiny people were often seen dancing and singing along Tavern Street, disappearing only after becoming aware that they were being watched.


Brownie

Location: Strathmiglo (Fife) - Strathmiglo Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This invisible entity lived in the castle and was only detectible when it stole food from the pantry.


Fairy Battle

Location: Taum (County Galway) - Cnoc Meadha, aka Knockmagha, Knockma, or Knock Ma (hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa 1846
Further Comments: It was said that fairies fought openly above the skies of this hill during the potato famine. The hill is also said to be the burial place of Finnbheara, king of the Connacht fairies.


Built by Fairies

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - South Down Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: It is said that the Queen of the fairies helped build this bridge by turning some of the water below into boulders.


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