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USD 8. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most fascinating counties are vividly retold by local storyteller The Journey Man. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Staffordshire reflect the wisdom and eccentricities of the county and its people.

The Journey Man is a professional storyteller who has been telling stories across the world for over twenty years. Product Details About the Author. About the Author The Journey Man is a professional storyteller who has been telling stories across the world for over twenty years.

For the last few years he has been gathering folk tales from across his home county of Cheshire and leading storytelling walks in the area. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Companion to the Royal Heritage of Britain. More than a biography of kings and queens, this title is an encyclopaedic work on More than a biography of kings and queens, this title is an encyclopaedic work on every aspect of monarchy in Britain from semi-legendary times to the present day.

It provides a reference for discovering more about individual monarchs and the View Product. Attempts to understand how Roman Britain ends and Anglo-Saxon England begins have been undermined by Attempts to understand how Roman Britain ends and Anglo-Saxon England begins have been undermined by the division of studies into pre-Roman, Roman and early medieval periods. Pluckley, Kent Reputed to be the most haunted village in England. Roche, Cornwall Site of a Holy Well said to contain waters for soothing the insane. Rothbury, Northumberland Venue for annual Shrove Tuesday football match.

Roslin, Midlothian The nearby Rosslyn Chapel is renowned for its carvings, grail tourists can walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar. Rowsley, Derbyshire The site of well-dressing each June. Legend recalls that the devil threw the stone at the nearby church but missed. Runswick, Yorkshire A nearby cave called Hob Hole was once the home of a brownie that could cure whooping-cough. St Keyne, Cornwall Newly-weds race each other to the water from her well, as the first to taste it will be the dominant partner. St Weonards, Hertfordshire The Saxon Saint Weonard is said to be buried in a golden coffin within a burial mound close to the church.

Servage Wood, Somerset Once the home of a dragon with an unhealthy appetite for ponies. Sewingshields, Nothumberland One of several sites where King Arthur and his Knights are said to be lying in an enchanted sleep. Shapwick, Somerset The site where a number of pilgrims were murdered by Saxons as they returned home from Rome.

The crime was discovered when a miraculous beam shed light on their resting place. Shawcross, Derbyshire A Shrove Tuesday football game takes place each year. Shepton Mallet, Somerset Legend claims that the Devil once came a calling with his horse and cart to take an old woman to Hell. Sible Heddingham, Essex Site of the last recorded instance of a suspected witch enduring the swimming test back in Stonehenge, Wiltshire Modern Druids gather each year for midsummer celebrations.

Stony Middleton, Derbyshire Well-dressing site each July. Talland, Cornwall A local legend tells of a phantom coach driven by a demon. Thirwall Castle, Northumberland Associated with a legend concerning a dwarf and a golden table. Tichborne, Hampshire Venue for the famous Tichborne Dole custom that dates back to the twelfth century. Tideswell, Derbyshire The site of well-dressing each June. Tintagel, Cornwall Legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Tissington, Derbyshire Venue for well-dressing each May.

Truro, Cornwall Venue for a Christmas wassailing custom. Tunstall, Norfolk The bells of the local church were once stolen by the Devil. Walsingham, Norfolk The shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was a popular destination for pilgrims until it was destroyed in the Reformation. It was restored in Wareham, Dorset Each November the Leet Court convenes to consider matters of local concern, the legacy of a once powerful feudal court system.

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Watton, Norfolk A local legend recalls that following an unholy contract a ghostly coach arrived to collect the soul of George Mace. West Hallam, Derbyshire Traditional well-dressing takes place each July. Whitwell, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each July. Winchester, Hampshire St Swithin the ninth century Bishop of Winchester is best remembered for his forty days of rain. Winster, Derbyshire The venue for an annual pancake race since Wishford, Wiltshire Villagers gather to preserve their Grovely Forest rights.

Related articles Well Dressing The tradition of well dressing with flowers in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire. The history of the Dorset Ooser, an ancient and rather grotesque! Adderbury Oxfordshire Local folklore connects the Devil with the church spire. Ambleside, Cumbria A rush-bearing ceremony takes place on the last Sunday in July. Ashbourne, Derbyshire Shrovetide Football is played with goal a mere 3 miles apart. The village is also know for well-dressing.

Ashford, Derbyshire The tradition of well-dressing takes place in May. Athelney, Somerset King Alfred hid from his enemies and burned those famous cakes when sheltering in a cottage here. Atherstone, Warwickshire A venue for the annual Shrovetide Football event.

Bakewell, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place in June. Bardney, Lincolnshire A shaft of holy light appeared before the monks of Bardney when they refused to accept the bones of St Oswald. Barlow, Derbyshire The well-dressing tradition is practised every August. Barrowden, Leicestershire A traditional rush-bearing ceremony takes place here each June.

UK days out with myths and legends

Barwick-in-Elmet Famous for its Maypole dancing event. Baslow, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place here each July. Bath , Somerset Associated with legend of the leper Prince Bladud, who discovered the healing power of the spa.

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Berden, Hertfordshire The annual ceremony of the enthroning of the Boy Bishops takes place here each December. Berkeley, Gloucestershire The Witch of Berkeley was carried away to hell by the Devil on a horse covered with spikes. Berry Pomeroy, Devon Preferring death to dishonour, two brothers rode their horses off the castle ramparts after a failed rebellion attempt. Blidworth, Nottinghamshire A cradle-rocking ceremony takes place each February in the local church.

Bloxham, Oxfordshire A local legend connects the Devil with the church spire. Bonsall, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place here each July. Bourne, Lincolnshire The annual running auction is held each Easter Monday. Bradwell, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place here each July. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Associated with a legend that involves the slaying of a magical boar by Sir Rylas. Buckland, Surrey The village was once terrorised by a fearsome creature known as the Buckland Shag.


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Buxton, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place here each June. Carlisle, Cumbria Several Arthurian legends are connected to the city. Chanctonbury Ring, Sussex A hillfort linked with legends of buried treasure, druids and the Devil himself. Chelmorton, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each June.

Chelmsford, Essex One of the most infamous sites associated with the witchcraft trials. The next is scheduled for Cilgerran, Cardiganshire Venue for the annual coracle races that take place each August. Deerhurst, Gloucestershire For years the townsfolk lived in fear of a dragon until it was slain. Dilston, Northumberland Linked with supernatural occurrences after the Jacobite leader James Radcliffe was beheaded in London. Dore, Yorkshire Well-dressing takes place here each July. Dunmow, Essex Each leap year the Dunmow Flitch Trial is held in order to establish the couple who share marital bliss.

Edenbridge, Kent Bonfire celebrations take place on 5th November. It is said that she could turn herself into a cat.

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Etwall, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each May. Eynesbury, Huntingdonshire A local legend recalls a duel between two spear-throwing giants. Farne Islands, Northumberland Evil pagan spirits were soon evicted to the outlying islands when St Cuthbert arrived there. Featherstone Castle, Northumberland The setting for the legend of the phantom wedding party. Folkestone, Kent At various times and events during the year the Hooden Horse makes an appearance. Foolow, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each August. Frensham, Surrey The Legend of Mother Ludlam , a friendly old white witch who lived in a local cave close to village of Frensham.

Grasmere, Cumbria Every July a rush-bearing procession and church ceremony takes place. Great Melton, Norfolk Associated with sightings of ghostly horse-drawn coach with headless coachman and passengers. Griffydam, Leicestershire The griffin that terrorised the village was eventually put to the sword by a knight.

Handale, Yorkshire Home of the Serpent of Handale, a local dragon that developed an unhealthy appetite for the village womenfolk. Hartington, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each September. It is also the venue for the annual Jack-in-the-Green festival. Hatherleigh, Devon Blazing tar barrels are rolled through the streets each November.

Heath, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each July. Hell Gill Beck, Yorkshire Site of some stones that local legend says the Devil dropped whilst building a nearby bridge. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire The town mayors are traditionally weighed in order to check their diligence. Holmwood, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place every July.

Holywell, Cambridgeshire The well that gave its name to the village was reputed to cure eye ailments. Holmesfield, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place every July.

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Hope, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place in June. Jedburgh, Roxborough The famous ball game is held here each February. Keynsham, Somerset Legend has it that the ammonites found here are the petrified remains of snakes that St Keyne turned to stone. They still decorate some of the cottage walls in Keynsham Kilve, Somerset Once frequented by the fearsome Blue Ben, a dragon, said to have been the mount of the Devil himself. Kirklees Park, Yorkshire One legend claims that Robin Hood died at the local nunnery, he was buried where his arrow landed.

Lambton Castle, Durham Legend recalls that the famous Lambton Worm, a local dragon, met its bitter end here sometime in the fifteenth century. Lanark, Strathclyde Associated with the unique Whuppity Scoorie custom. Little Cornard, Suffolk Where two dragons fought in the fifteenth century. Little Chester, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place every May. Litton, Derbyshire Well-dressing takes place each June.

Llanarth, Cardigan The Devil was forced to jump from the church tower. Llanfor, Merioneth A village once terrorised by a satanic pig. Related articles. Well Dressing. The tradition of well dressing with flowers in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire. The Mermaids of the Peak District. Believe or not, but the land-locked Peak District is home to not just one, but two mermaids! Dorset Ooser. Next article. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. The traditional election of the Mayor of Ock Street is held in mid-July. The shape of the Church of St Andrews is said to have been inspired by four oxen. A rush-bearing ceremony takes place on the last Sunday in July. Shrovetide Football is played with goal a mere 3 miles apart. King Alfred hid from his enemies and burned those famous cakes when sheltering in a cottage here. Well-dressing takes place in June. Associated with the legends of Sir Lancelot, also the haunt of the Laidley Worm.