VISITING WITH THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

VISITING WITH THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

VISITING WITH THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

Two cousins wandered in the woods, and reportedly found fairies willing to play and prance with them back in 1914.
Society loves fairies, lets face it the tales, and merchandise are everywhere. Even before marketing and 21st century life fairy tales were a huge deal. They were read and sung by passing bards, they were hunted out, sought out by men like the Grimm Brothers-it\’s not just a phase. These creatures can be winged, or like a human tall and perhaps elfin with their ears  or entirely like tinkerbell who can only speak with a whisper or a bell. Even better Labyrinth-they bite. Each interpretation is different from the previous one. The one thing remains, even today we seek them, from fairy doors to fairy gardens. We have not lost the hope that there is something else out there, different from us and magically available if one only knows how to conjure it. The Cottingley Fairies were one of these instances.

WHAT ARE THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES?

VISITING WITH THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

Two cousins in Cottingley England ventured into the woods and played a brook daily. They came home wet and muddy quite often. In fact, the youngest cousin Frances insisted to her mother that she was playing with fairies at the waterfall. Elsie the older cousin agreed with Frances. The pair begged for a camera to get proof for the adults and that is how the fairy pictures began. The girls began taking more and more pictures which started a sensation in the England. Some believed it was proof of fairies and others that is was a hoax. The girls insisted until their deaths that fairies are real, and that the pictures were not a hoax. The “living fairies” were pictured between 1917 and 1920.They even had Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fooled-even though his Sherlock would have had it  figured out.

VISITING WITH THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

HOW TO GET TO THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

VISITING WITH THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES

A scenic village Cottingley is located between Shipley and Bingley in Yorkshire, England. Cottingley is a wonderful place, historical and very much filled with remnants that Elsie and Frances (the Cottingley fairy girls) would notice. People do come here to find fairies for themselves, because hey it\’s a belief. Originally named for the sons of Cota, and a highly prized meadow area it was never inhabited by one family long. The area suffered from the plague in the seventeenth century and became famous because of the early 20th century living  fairies.

SCARY PLACES: THE WELL OF JOSHUA SPOONER

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The view of the well that Joshua Spooner was throw down when he was killed in 1778. It is still located in Brookfield,Massachusetts

WHAT DID JOSHUA SPOONER DO?

Joshua Spooner and his wife Bathsheba lived in Brookfield Massachusetts during the American Revolution. Bathsheba did what most women did, got married to the wealthiest option and dealt with her unhappiness. Well, even though Joshua had money (he was a wealthy planter) he could not give her happiness. Bathesheba began to have a liason, love affair adulterous journey with a dashing COntinental army captain by the name of Ezra Ross. Ross and Bathesheba became pregnant.

Joshua was an abusive man, according to Bathesheba and no amount of money could make her see past that. So on the night of March 1,1778 she enlisted two other soldiers to help Ezra beath Joshua to death and throw him down the well.

BATHESHEBA\’S LOVER WAS ONLY 16!

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Bathesheba\’s lover Ezra was only 16 years old when he fathered the 32 years olds child and killed her husband. The townspeople questioned her and the three soldiers who were captured and tried. Why kill him? Abuse, she stated again.
Her lover couldn\’t kill Joshua, even though she gave him the poison to do it and opportunities more than once. So she enlisted the help of two British soldiers who were AWOL. They gladly accepted her invitation, she told Ezra who came to help.

She was convicted, claimed she was pregnant and was given a examination. They did not find evidence and hung her. She was the first woman in America to be executed after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

So keep thee from the Evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Neither let her take thee with her eyelids. There are a thousand dangers, that poor young wretches are in by reason of the snares & traps which are everywhere laid … particularly the poor beardless youth not quite 18.
July 5, Rev. Ebenezer Parkman

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