We cover here the range of material that comes under folklore and cultural tradition, including legends, customs, folk magic and others

Treacle Mines

Eileen Roche dives into a folklore trope, and recommends ‘suspend disbelief here’   The subject of Treacle Mines has a long and interesting history, which I suspect will be of interest to some NE readers. I first became aware of their existence when some friends took me for a walk one hot summer’s day on

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Britain’s herbal heritage: Folklore and a kernel of truth

A homespun pharmacopeia was once more than simple folklore, as Mark Greener shows   Folklore often contains kernels of truth. In 1568, for example, gardeners in England began cultivating Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis). First recorded in the wild in 1640, Goat’s Rue (also called French Lilac or Italian Fitch) is now a common wildflower.1 Healers

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Yew’ll drink to that?

In NE145, a review of the ‘Celts’ exhibition that took place in London and Edinburgh observed the curiosity of a wooden keg assumed to have held drink being made from the highly toxic yew. Mark Greener considered the implications.   At first sight, yew isn’t the wood you’d choose for a tankard, bucket or barrel.

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