North-Western Fairies

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The North-West includes the historical county of Lancashire, little Westmoreland and the Lakes. These three counties and particularly Lancashire saw rapid industrialization in the nineteenth-century and extraordinary engineering works in terms of canals, railways and roads. However, fairy-lore and particularly boggart-lore perhaps surprisingly survived into the early twentieth century.

North-Western Fairy Places

Bannister Hall (Preston)

Brownside (Burnley)

Fairy Lane (Northenden/Sale)

Fairy Steps (Beetham)

Little Brooks (Goosnargh, Lancashire)

Mossock Hall (Bickerstaffe)

North-Western Fairy Tales

Billy Meets Jenny Greenteeth

Tat O’ Swinden: A Boggart Tale of Today

The Flit from Boggart Hole Clough

North-Western Fairy Sightings

A Golden Fairy in the Garden

A Methodist Boggart at Middleton (Lancashire)?

Beautiful Nature Spirit (Preston, Lancashire)

Boggarts in the Barn (Blackstone Edge, Lancashire)?

Dancing Cumbrian Fairies

Fairy Flocks Near Preston

Kendal Fairies

Liverpool Leprechaun Scare!

Lovely Female Fairies

Roses and Fairies (Lancashire)

Terrifying Encounter Near Carnforth (Lancashire)

North-Western Fairy Books

Bowker, James Goblin Tales of Lancashire (London: W.Swan Sonnenschein & Co 1883)

Hardwick, Charles Traditions, Superstitions and Folklore (Chiefly Lancashire and the North of England) (Manchester: Ireland & Co, 1872), 124-142

Harland, John and T.T.Wilkinson, Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports &c (London: George Routledge and Sons 1873), 10-12 and 141-142

Harland, John and T.T. Wilkinson, Lancashire Folk-lore: Illustrative of the Superstitioous Beliefs and Practices, Local Customs and Usages of the People of the County Palatine (London: Frederick Warne & Co. 1867), 49-62

Henderson, William Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders (London: W.Satchell, Peyton and Co., 1879)

McKay, John ‘The Evolution of East Lancashire Boggarts’, Transactions of the Burnley Literary & Scientific Club 6 (1888), 113-127

Roby, John Traditions of Lancashire, II vols (London: Routledge 1872), I, 375-384, II, 137-171

Thornber, William The History of Blackpool and Its Neighbourhood (Poulton: Smith 1837), 38, 99-104 and 329-334

TurnerBishop, AidanFairy and Boggart Sites in Lancashire,’ Lancashire’s Sacred Landscape, (Stroud: History Press, 2010), 94-107

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