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Witches, Monsters & Fairies in British Folklore

A fairy, painted by Sophie Gengembre Anderson

Here you will find grouped together articles and features about witches, fairies and monsters in British folklore.

The Pendle Witches - Perhaps the most notorious witch trial of the 16th Century.  In the year 1612 at Lancaster gaol, ten people were hanged for the crime of witchcraft. They became known as the  Pendle Witches...

Witches in England -  True stories of the persecution of witches in England. Not for the faint hearted! 

The Legend of Mother Ludlam, Surrey Witch - Mother Ludlam was a white witch who kindly lent objects to people with the proviso that the item should be returned within two days. One day however a man asked to borrow her cauldron...

The Kelpie - The kelpie is a shape-changing aquatic spirit of Scottish legend. But beware - these are malevolent spirits, hoping to lure you to a watery grave...

Helen Duncan - Scotland's last Witch  Spiritualist, medium (well large actually, she weighed in at over 22 stones (that's over 300 lbs to any reader from the USA)) and the last person in Britain to be tried and sentenced under the 1735 Witchcraft Act...

The Pittenweem Witch Trials - In 1705, as a result of some wild stories told by a 16 year old boy, three people died and others were cruelly tortured...

Do you believe in fairies? -  Stories about fairies abound throughout history - but in the 21st century, surely we don't still believe in them - or do we?

The Loch Ness Monster - The first recorded account of 'Nessie' is that of an eyeball to eyeball confrontation with the Irish saint, St. Columba in the 6th century...

The Legend of the River Conwy Afanc - The Afanc was a legendary Welsh water monster, likened, some have said, to the Loch Ness Monster. The Afanc lived in Llyn-yr-Afanc (The Afanc Pool) in the River Conwy...

Spring-Heeled Jack - He terrorised Victorian society, but who was this 19th century Batman?

Folk remedies, charms and potions  - Or thank goodness for the National Health Service!  Who were the 'Quake doctors', how do you cure warts and  what was the King's Evil? Read on...

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