Category: Legends

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Christchurch Priory, Christchurch

Larger than some cathedrals, the Grade I listed Christchurch Priory dates back to the 11th Century and is attributed to Ranulf Flambard (Born circa 1060 – Died 5 September 1128), then Dean of Twynham,...

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Cissbury Ring Tunnel Legend

According to an article in the Worthing Herald dated 27th October 2016, a ‘legend surrounds a tunnel while supposedly led from the (now-demolished) medieval Offington Hall to the Iron Age hill fort at Cissbury...

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Maud’s Elm

Sometime around 1907 a huge elm in Cheltenham was felled. This tree was a local landmark but was no longer safe to leave standing. The tree was known as Maud’s Elm and was associated...

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Wallace’s Heel Well, Ayr

Wallace’s Heel is a natural spring on the banks of the river Ayr associated with the legendary exploits of William Wallace. Many of the stories surrounding William Wallace originate from a poet/minstrel known as...

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Redesmere, Siddington

A floating island with an attached legend could once be found at Redesmere in the grounds of Capesthorne Hall. The following description by Robert Charles Hope is published in The Legendary Lore of the...

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Why The Wren Flies Close To The Earth

ONE day when the birds were all together, one of them said, “I have been watching men, and I saw that they had a king. Let us too have a king.” “Why?” asked the...

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Easton Wood Devil

In her ‘Nummits and Crummits’ (1900), Sarah Hewett gives the following account. ‘An old man living in South Devon, once told me that as he was one night returning from Starcross to a farm...

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Harry ca Nab

Harry ca Nab (also known as Harry Cannab) is traditionally thought to be the Devil’s Huntsman. This phantom is described as riding a bull or a winged horse and goes out hunting wild boar....

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St Mary’s Church, Broadwater

‘Be careful if you have any plans to go for your evening jog around the churchyard in Broadwater – legend says that if you run around the oldest tomb in the yard, the devil...