Land of Lore Films

Land of Lore explores the use of short film in the telling of folklore. With the increased popularity of lore, largely due to the group of folklorists who started #FolkloreThursday, I was looking for a fresh approach to exploring the folklore and ghost stories of my adopted Cumbria. In collaboration with Bardsea-Green Films, the journey begins.

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The Boggart in northern English folklore is either a type of Goblin, or a malevolent spirit, inhabiting the house, or outdoors in marshland or under bridges. Other names include Bogey, Bogeyman, Hobgoblin, Dobbie. Cumbria has a wealth of Boggart lore.

Boggart of Leece

Boggart of Graythwaite

The Janet Tree is the tale of the knitting witch of Shap.

The Janet Tree

In legend, when Dyfnwal ab Owain, King of Strathclyde was defeated and killed in battle, his body was buried at Dunmail Raise, and his crown cast into Grisedale Tarn for safekeeping.

Dunmail, the last King of Cumbria

Adam Bell, the Robin Hood of the North was a legendary English outlaw. He and his companions William of Cloudsley and Clym of the Clough lived in Inglewood Forest near Carlisle and were figures similar to Robin Hood. Their story is told in Child Ballad 116 entitled Adam Bell, Clym of the Cloughe and Wyllyam of Cloudeslee.

Adam Bell

The Screaming Skulls of Calgarth is a famous Lake District ghost story, the screaming skulls of the Crook family, after their wrongful execution by Myles Philipson.

Screaming Skulls of Calgarth

An Ulverston Ghost Story is a lesser-known ghost story as told to me by two of the witnesses.

An Ulverston Ghost Story

The Red Lady of Woodland is an apparition I personally witnessed in 2019, a type of female ghost, similar to the White Lady.

Red Lady of Woodland