Fairy Foreland (Somersby)

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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!

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