The Old Witch – An English Fairy Tale

The Old Witch – An English Fairy Tale

Two sisters seeking fortunes, a magic money chimney, and a lesson in reaping what you sow.   This text was taken from More English Fairy Tales – Illustrated by John D. Batten The Old Witch An […]

The Bogey-Beast – An English Fairy Tale

The Bogey-Beast – An English Fairy Tale

A very cheerful old woman, a shape-shifting trickster and a big black pot of luck. This story was taken from English Fairy Tales – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham   The Bogey-Beast An English Fairy Tale THERE […]

The Imp Tree

The Imp Tree

The Imp Tree tale is from Fairy Gold: A Book of Old English Fairy Tales. It was compiled by Ernest Rhys and illustrated by Herbert Cole. Rhys was a famed writer and editor – best known […]

The Lambton Worm – An English Legend by Joseph Jacobs

The Lambton Worm – An English Legend by Joseph Jacobs

This week we are celebrating our English heritage and have chosen for you the traditional English legend of The Lambton Worm. The legend originated in County Durham in North East England around the River Wear. It […]

The Story of the Three Bears – An English Fairy Tale from Andrew Lang

The Story of the Three Bears – An English Fairy Tale from Andrew Lang

The Story of the Three Bears is one of the world’s best-known fairy tales. It was originally written by English poet Robert Southey in 1837. This English folktale has been adapted many times over the years but […]

Catskin – An English Cinderella Tale

Catskin – An English Cinderella Tale

Catskin is an English Cinderella tale collected by Joesph Jacobs from his book More English Fairy Tales. It is identified as a Cinderella tale as it shares the ‘persecuted heroine’ theme. It tells the tale of a young […]

Mr and Mrs Vinegar – An English Fairy Tale

Mr and Mrs Vinegar – An English Fairy Tale

Mr and Mrs Vinegar is an old English fairy tale taken from Flora Annie Steel’s English Fairy Tales.  This wonderful book, originally published in 1922, is illustrated by Arthur Rackham.  This story tells a tale of married […]

Tom Tit Tot by Joseph Jacobs – An English Rumpelstiltskin Tale

Tom Tit Tot by Joseph Jacobs – An English Rumpelstiltskin Tale

Tom Tit Tot is the English variant of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in his English Fairy Tales, published in 1890. Like the German tale, the name-guessing game is crucial to the story. […]

Jack and the Beanstalk – An Old English Fairy Tale

Jack and the Beanstalk – An Old English Fairy Tale

Jack and the Beanstalk is an old English fairy tale. It has been written many, many time by different folklorists and storytellers throughout history. Early appearances include The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean […]

Johnnie and Grizzle – The English Hansel and Gretel

Johnnie and Grizzle – The English Hansel and Gretel

To celebrate National Storytelling Week we are kicking off our new and exciting project; Fortnightly Fairy Tale – whereby we will be sharing with you a wonderful fairy tale, on a fortnightly basis. To receive these fabulous folklore stories from times […]