The Old Corpse Road Folklore Collective

The Old Corpse Road Folklore Collective provides a resource for people interested in folklore, paganism, mythology, legend and all related matters. The site is aimed at those wanting to connect with other like-minded individuals and groups and allows us to share and enjoy the fruits of our past. We also extend our interests to all related matters such as black and folk metal, traditional folk music, artwork and local and worldwide events. If we sound like your type of people then join us. We accept all people into the collective as long as you respect one another...

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Witch of Wookey Hole

Wookey Hole is a village close to Wells in Somerset, England. The name Wookey is thought to come from the Old English wocig (an animal trap). The village of Wookey Hole is dominated by the Wookey Hole Caves, which were formed by the action of the River Axe on the limestone hills. Within these caves, the Witch of Wookey Hole dwells. 

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Amergin Glúingel and the Song of Amergin

Amergin Glúingel ("white knees") was a Pre historic bard, druid and judge who was appointed by his two brothers, the kings of Ireland as Chief Ollam of Ireland, his poems are part of the Milesian mythology.

The Milesians are thought to be the final settlers in Ireland and Amergin’s work is significant within the Irish Mythological Cycle.

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The Richmond Drummer Boy Legend

Legend has it there used to be a tunnel connecting Easby Abbey to Richmond Castle. After many hundreds of years, possibly at the end of the 18th century, the tunnel was rediscovered under the Keep of the Castleby some soldiers . It had been quite damaged over the passing of time; only a small boy could pass through the fallen rubble.

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The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt was a folk myth prevalent in former times across Northern, Western and Central Europe. The fundamental premise in all instances is the same: a phantasmal group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting, horses, hounds, etc., in mad pursuit across the skies or along the ground, or just above it. It is often a way to explain thunderstorms.

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The Sockburn Worm

The Sockburn Worm was a ferocious wyvern that laid waste to the village of Sockburn in Durham known before 1066 as Storkburn. 

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Hell's Kettles - County Durham

VictorianHell's Kettles, also known as ‘Kettles of Hell’ or ‘Devil’s Kettles’ located at Oxen-le-Hall, in the south of the parish of Darlington and have been the subject of numerous legends and superstitions. 

These three, supposedly bottomless pits are rumoured to have taken the lives of people and animals; drowned or eaten alive by the Pikes and Eels thought to infest them. Believed to contain the souls of sinners, many reports claim that the bodies of victims can be witnessed floating in the pools when clear.

Thought to have been created by a ferocious earthquake in1179, the water is believed to be hot as a result of reverberation. The sinkholes are fed by artesian water and have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for their ability to support a hard water "fen" flora.

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Herne the Hunter

Herne the HunterHerne the Hunter is an antlered ghost, associated with Windsor Forest and Great Park in the English county of Berkshire. 

The first recorded mention of Herne appears in William Shakespeare’s play, The Merry Wives of Windsor and little else was written about him until the 16th century.

Shakespeare describes Herne as “a spirit” and “sometime a keeper…in Windsor forest” who is seen to “walk round an oak, with great ragg’d horns” at midnight during winter-time.

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Corpse Roads

Corpse roads provided a practical means of allowing the transport of corpses to cemeteries that had burial rights. In Britain, such routes are have been given similar names such as: bier road, burial road, coffin road, coffin line, lyke or lych way, funeral road, procession way, etc. These "church-ways" have developed a great deal of associated folklore regarding wraiths, spirits, ghosts, and such-like.

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The Devil's Arrows

DevilsArrowsLocation : United Kingdom - Boroughbridge, North Riding of Yorkshire

The three huge standing stones on the western outskirts of Boroughbridge are among the least understood and most neglected historic monuments in Britain. Where they came from, how many there were originally, what their purpose is, and who placed them and when, have been for hundreds of years – and are still today – matters of conjecture.

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The Oak and Oakmen

Most people know the rhyming proverb 'Fairy folks are in old oaks'.

'The Gospel Oak' or 'The King's Oak' in every considerable forest had probably a traditional sacredness from unremembered times, and an oak coppice in which the young saplings had sprung from the stumps of felled trees was thought to be an uncanny place after sunset. An oak coppice was often considered an evil and dangerous place to travel through at night, especially if it was a blue-bell wood.

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The Crier of Claiffe

For centuries ferrymen rowed passengers across Lake Windermere, between Ferry Nab and Sawrey. This 500m crossing saves miles on the journey from Windermere to Hawkshead and beyond.The wooded heights on the west bank of the lake are known as Claiffe Heights and legend has it that in the 15th century this was home to the Claiffe Crier.

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