British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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Hen Hole

Hen Hole

Northumberland has many traditions of Fairies but none so eerie as the one recorded by M.A. Richardson in his Table Book of the Hen Hole, a chasm south-west of the highest point of the Cheviot. Richardson alleges in his book that the chasm is so wide and deep that the rays of the sun never touch its sides and often a 'snow egg' is still to be seen there at Midsummer. He writes:

In the days of old, a party of hunters were chasing a roe upon the green hills of Cheviot, when they heard singing issuing from this chasm, the sweetest music they had ever heard, and forgetting the roe which scoured away unheeded, they were impelled to enter, and could never again find their way out.

The story echoes traditions of people enticed by the sound of otherworldly music into the fairy hill or dwelling underground.