What are the Cottingley Fairies – British Folklore

What are the Cottingley Fairies

Everyone wants to believe that fairies are real, and for a short time in West Yorkshire, in a village called Cottingley, photographs seemed to suggest that two young cousins had photographed their existence in the early 1900s.  The Cottingley Fairies garnered wide public interest in the United Kingdom, and even instigated a response from the … Read more

The Semerwater Myth – An Underwater Town in North Yorkshire

The Semerwater Myth - Yorkshire mythology

Everyone has heard of the great underwater metropolis of Atlantis in Greek mythology, but to the people of North Yorkshire, there may be a mystical underwater city closer to home. The Semerwater myth tells the story of a prosperous city found at the bottom of the large lake.  But how did the story begin? What … Read more

Who is Mother Shipton? English Mythology

Who is Mother Shipton in Yorkshire Mythology

Mother Shipton is a legendary soothsayer in England mythology who was said to hail from Knaresborough, Yorkshire. The witch, who many folk tales describe as being hideously ugly, is still a common feature of folk tales in North Yorkshire, and much of Knaresborough’s tourism is centred around her.  But who exactly is Mother Shipton? Where … Read more

What is Ceffyl Dŵr? Welsh Mythology’s Mysterious Water Horse

What is the Ceffyl Dŵr

Welsh mythology is home to many interesting folk tales and mythical creatures. Some of the most notable examples include the Coraniaid, demons who were slain by Llud and Llefelys, and Afanc, a lake-dwelling monster that has been described in multiple forms.  One of the lesser known creatures in Welsh mythology is Ceffyl Dŵr, a mythical … Read more

What is the Shug Monkey? British Folklore from Cambridgeshire

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In the East of England, in the county of Cambridgeshire, a peculiar tale exists of a half-dog, half-monkey creature known as the Shug Monkey.  Situated in south-east of Cambridge and north-west Haverhill, this weird creature has had a number of sightings over the years. But exactly what is the Shug Monkey? Read on to find … Read more

What is the Oozlum Bird? The Australian and British Legendary Creature

What is the Oozlum Bird

The Oozlum Bird is a mythical creature found in British and Australian folklore that is said to display ridiculous behaviour, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Indeed, it is perhaps best known to British audiences for being at the centre of the Carry On Up the Jungle film of 1970, where it is said to … Read more