Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Bronte Fairies and Other Local Fairy Stories

Bradford and Keighley were full of fairies and elves, according to folklore. Grove Hill Dike, above Sladen Valley Reservoir, was a place of fear for children as they believed a troll lived there. Emily Bronte called the Dike 'Blackhorse Marsh' in Wuthering Heights, as even she knew all about this story. There are a couple of wells, one at Priestthorpe, Bingley and another at Blackhill, Keighley, that were named in honour of Jennet, the Fairy Queen. One of the servants of the Brontes actually claimed that the fairies has been driven away by industrialisation.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a devout Spiritualist and great believer in the Occult who is most well known for writing 'Sherlock Holmes', claimed to have accounted fairies. The Cottingley Fairies were however fakes dreamed up by Frances and Elsie, although they did fool Conan Doyle for a while fairies were also documented as having been seen in Lister park, also known as Manningham park, Bradford.

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