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Sightings of Fairies & Their Kin


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 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.

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.

Fairy Mine

Location: Brecon Beacons (Powys) - Exact area unknown, but possibly mountain closest to Aberbeeg
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man crossing the mountain watched a fairy coal mine at work. The operation was taking place in complete silence, and the witness knew that no mortal mine existed in the area.

Secret Door

Location: Brecon Beacons (Powys) - Llyn Cwm Llwch (somewhere around the area)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year, a secret door opens here which will take mortals to the fairy realm. The door was once always open, but after a man stole a fairy flower, access was restricted. The area is also home to an old woman who uses music to lure the weak willed into the lake waters where they drown - once she has killed nine hundred people, she will regain her youth and become mortal.

Goat Man

Location: Bridge of Orchy (Argyll and Bute) - Ben Doran
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Urisk was banished to the mountain by a saint and has remained here since.

Music in the Air

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Colmer's Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: Fairy music was once not uncommon in this area. While last heard in 1939 by a group of school children, one hundred years previous it was said a young girl danced herself to death to the tunes.

Market Place

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Langdon Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill and the area around it are said to be a haven for the fairy folk - one man once stumbled upon a fairy market from which he tried to steal gold. By the time he reached home, the coins had changed into pebbles.

Fairies enjoying the pond.

Water Lovers

Location: Brington (Northamptonshire) - Unnamed pond in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Fairies in this parish could be seen playing on the surface of a pond and within the plants on the banks.

Little Red Capped Man

Location: Brixham (Devon) - Area around Lupton House
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The author Violet Tweedale reported seeing a twelve centimetre tall man dressed in green, sitting beneath a small plant. He vanished after a minute of her observing him.

Dying Cattle

Location: Brosna (County Kerry) - Former croft at Knockeencreen (currently a cattle shed?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A man whose cattle were dying mysteriously was informed by a passing gypsy that his home was blocking a fairy path, and by leaving the doors open at night, the fairies could pass happily pass through. The man did so, and the deaths stopped.


Location: Broxted (Essex) - Broxted & Tilty area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing at all times of the day and night, locals have blamed the gnomes and other fairy folk for a multitude of tricks. While several sightings have been reported, none in living memory.

Uniformed Pixies

Location: Brynberian (Dyfed) - Pentre Ifan Cromlech
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These little people, standing a couple of feet tall, wore red military uniforms, as if guarding the burial site. Other people have seen the little people dancing over the dolman.

Fairy Battle

Location: Buckland St Mary (Somerset) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The town is said to have become a battleground for a fairy war - red fairies with pointed ears engaged little green pixies until the former group were driven out.

Fairy Bridges

Location: Bundoran (County Donegal) - Roguey Walk, Tullan Strand
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was said that the Fair Folk danced upon the Fairy Bridges, which are actually naturally formed sea stacks. There is also another formation close by known as the Wishing Chair.

Burnley Football Club, Lancashire.

Bee Hole Boggart

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Area around Burnley Football Club
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre 1843, exact date not known.
Further Comments: Years before the area was developed, the entity patrolled the area looking for people - it once kidnapped and murdered an old woman, leaving her skin to be discovered on a rose bush.

Fairy Hangout

Location: Burnsall (Yorkshire) - Elbolton Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pixies, fairies and other members of the little people are still said to live in and around the hill.

Last Home

Location: Burpham (Sussex) - Harrow Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The last fairies in England are said to have resided here, until chased away in the 1900's by archaeologists.

Sound of Little People

Location: Butcombe (Somerset) - Fairy's Toot, aka Nempnett Thrubwell
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounds attributed to goblins have been heard underground in this area.

A manifesting water spirit.

Water Spirit

Location: Buxton (Derbyshire) - Moorland near the Roaches
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Appearing just before the witness went skinny-dipping, this thirty foot tall water elemental scared the potential swimmer away.


Location: Cahir (County Tipperary) - Knockgraffon Motte
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies could once be heard making music under this artificial hill.


Location: Calver (Derbyshire) - Stocking Field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People once believed the fairies came out at dusk and celebrated by dancing around a blindfolded midwife (also a fairy) in this field.

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