In his poem ‘The Brook’, Alfred Lord Tennyson celebrates the upper River Lymn as it runs through the place of his birth, Somersby. We quote:
With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.
This photograph suggests that, by the late nineteenth century, there was a place known locally as Fairy Foreland. There are three possibilities here. (i) Tennyson put a local fairy site in his poem; (ii) locals called a local bend of the river the Fairy Foreland after Tennyson; or (iii) an opportunist photographer decided to christen a bit of the bank of the Lymn thus!