Fairies ( a word which used to include pixies and elves ) have appeared in our folklore stories since at least Tudor times ( 1485 - 1603.) They appear in many different forms wearing a variety of clothes. The majority have magic powers such as the ability to cast magic spells or fly . They may also be able to make themselves invisible.
Although their are people who are sure that they have seen a fairy in our world, it is often said that they prefer to live in a place where only they can travel.
William Pudsey who owned silver mines in the Craven region in Lancashire (on the border with West Yorkshire) claimed that he was assisted by two elves (Michael and Lib) to forge coins. He was granted mercy for his crimes by his godmother Queen Elizabeth the first.
The Cottingley Beck fairies were seen by two young girls. Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright. Having borrowed a camera they even took photographs of their magical friends in 1917. The author (and creator of Sherlock Holmes) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle investigated the story and photographs. The news of the Cottingley Fairies became world famous.
Nearby also hosts stories of fairies and a Fairy Hole. Gilstead Crags in Bingley is the location. Author and historian Harry Speight wrote in 1904 that 'tiny creatures used to trip and dance and play their merry antics in the bright moonlight' near the Fairy Hole,
In 1977 a strange event was reported by several residents of Stonebridge Avenue, Hull. They were also seen by a police sergeant who reported. seeing little people dancing around. They were dressed in tight fitting garments with strange hats. The little folk danced into a patch of fog and vanished!
Remember: If Fairies can become invisible, no one can say for certain whether they exist or not!
Songs: With these recollections of Fairies in mind I jotted down the following words:
In wishing wells
Click here to visit our Musical Balloons page to play this song.
The Shellies are trying their best to find family friendly traditional events which will be occurring in the United Kingdom in 2014. More events will be added over the coming weeks and months. If you would like to suggest a 'happening' please contact us.
We have tried our best to make sure the accuracy of the information we have listed, but please contact the event organizers to make sure if the event is taking place and confirm the time and place.
Sunday the 12th of January at 3.30pm: Wassail at.
Trumpington Community Orchard
Location is behind Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9JP Contact the organizers http://trumpingtonorchard.org
For the history and facts behind the great tradition of Wassailing Joanna Crosby has kindly provided a link to her essay on the subject. essex.academia.edu/joannacrosby
Authors Ian and Marie.