A regular feature of people’s encounter with liminal and numinous sites is an anomalous or disquieting experience… This section considers the non-mundane side of antiquarian field work.

The Buzz or ‘Hummadruz’

John Billingsley isn’t the only one to get a buzz from the countryside; here he reports on some experiences of the so-called ‘hummadruz’. “This isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs” wrote William Shakespeare for Prospero in the play The Tempest. Perhaps he was writing from personal experience, for this isle of Britain …

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Strange Phenomena

Thomas Hanley’s fascinating account of aerial apparitions of military manoeuvres first appeared in the Yorkshire Folk-Lore Journal in 1888, and remains of much interest in the annals of northern forteana. On the 18th of January, 1792, a singular meteoric appearance was observed near Stockton-on-the-Forest, about four miles from York, which resembled a large army in …

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Northern Lights

Mike Haigh compiles reports of anomalous lights over the Pennines Anomalous light phenomena have been noticed travelling over the landscape by people throughout human existence. Each culture interprets these events according to its own belief system. When our own modern culture first apparently noticed these unusual phenomena during the 1940s it tried to understand them …

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Janet’s Foss

A Strange Experience at Janet’s Foss, near Gordale Scar, Malham, N Yorks. One of the entries we received in our Alternate Realities competition in 2008 was this intriguing report by Paul Degnan It was 21st March 1972. I was hitch-hiking with my girlfriend around the Dales. I wanted to show her round the Malham area, …

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