Category Archives: Nottinghamshire Folklore

Nottinghamshire Hauntings

by Frank E Earp It is said that there are more legends and stories of ghosts per square mile in Britain than any other place in the world. How can we explain this remarkable fact? Perhaps one of the overriding … Continue reading

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May in Nottinghamshire: The Wellow Maypole

by Frank E Earp Wellow is a pretty, red brick village, made even more picturesque by the tall ‘English Maypole’ on the village green. The village was once a part of the estate of Rufford Abbey and is partly surrounded … Continue reading

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U.F.O’s Over Nottinghamshire

by Frank E Earp U.F.O’s fit in well within the remit of both the folklorist and social historian. When most people come across the term U.F.O’s they autocratically think of extraterrestrial space craft, – flying saucers, – but this should … Continue reading

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January: Blessing the Plough

by Ross Parish  “Despite attuning to the needs of the present day, old customs and rites are not forgotten and are practised. One farmer breeds and works Suffolk Punches, another farmer maintains a herd of Highland Cattle and on Plough … Continue reading

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The Wollaton Ghosts

by Frank E Earp Laughing ghost: In the early 1970’s Wollaton Park became the venue for an annual Festival, (the first of many which are now held in the City). During these events the Hall remains open to the public. … Continue reading

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The White Lady, Mystery Light and Wollaton’s Walking Ghosts

by Frank E Earp Whilst research for another article I came across some old notes and a newspaper cutting dated 1st October 1975. The notes and cutting refer to ghostly activity at one of Nottingham’s premier tourist spots, Wollaton Hall. … Continue reading

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A November Custom For whom the bell tolls..Newark’s Gopher Ringing

by Ross Parish  At the beginning of November I was privileged to both listen in and witness the last ringing of the Gopher ringing in 2014. Anyone who has lived in Newark and or those who have been in the … Continue reading

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The Origins of Bonfire Night

by Frank E Earp As a small child growing-up in 1950’s/60’s Nottinghamshire, I remember that the back end of the year and run up to Christmas was an exciting time. There appeared to be always something to look forward to … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Jack and the forgetful Witch

by Frank E Earp Here is my retelling of a once very popular Nottinghamshire folk-story. I could find no original title for it, so I have given it my own, I think it suits the story line: In a village … Continue reading

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The Ploughman and the Witch

by Frank E Earp Here are two stories of the believed power of witches over horses. The witch has long associations with the animal. There is a condition that horses sometimes get which leaves them sweating and their manes and … Continue reading

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