Tales from English folklore

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St Hilda and the Snakes​

Whitby Abbey, on the coast of North Yorkshire, is the setting of a curious English legend. It is said that the curly ammonites that erode from the cliffs there are snakes, which were turned to stone after a local abbess prayed for God to banish them.

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The Dancers of Stanton Drew​

In the second of our Tales from English Folklore series, we bring to life the legend of how Stanton Drew Stone Circles in Somerset were apparently formed. It all began with a wedding long, long ago...

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The Cult of Mithras​

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On Hadrian's Wall lies the ruin of a subterranean temple to a little-known god, at the centre of a secretive Roman cult. New members were initiated in a mysterious ceremony of which we know very little. Our latest episode imagines what may have taken place...

 

Blackleaf

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Oct 9, 2004
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Charles II and the Oak Tree​

In our latest English folktale, follow King Charles II on his escape from the Battle of Worcester to Boscobel House, where the locals helped him into a rather ingenious hiding place...

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The Wronged Lady of Okehampton​

A local legend in the Devon village of Okehampton tells of a murderous woman, doomed to pay an eternal penance for her alleged sins. Join two Victorian gentlemen as they are given a guided tour, and hear the spine-chilling tale of Lady Mary Howard...

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The Wild Man of Orford​

A story from the Suffolk town of Orford tells of a peculiar creature pulled from the sea by local fishermen. Hair-covered and illiterate, he was a mystery to the local townsfolk.