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.
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.
The Janet Tree is the tale of the knitting witch of Shap.
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.
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.
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.
An Ulverston Ghost Story is a lesser-known ghost story as told to me by two of the witnesses.
The Red Lady of Woodland is an apparition I personally witnessed in 2019, a type of female ghost, similar to the White Lady.