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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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...legends . The most common folk narratives in England (apart from jokes) are stories about remarkable events in the history of a particular locality, the supposed origins of its landmarks and place-names, curious features of its buildings, etc. Their contents range across the whole spectrum of traditional themes, from the realistic, through the amazing-but-not-impossible (e.g. the Hangman 's Stone), to supernatural beliefs now outmoded (the Devil , fairies ), or still current ( ghosts , curses ). Some are so plausible that only experience can show...