January 14, 2019 3 min read
English folklore is a kind of story, told throughout the generations as a way of teaching lessons about a country's heritage. Parents and grandparents pass stories down over the years to keep traditions and practices alive. As with any folklore, English tales are often fantastical, and they've been enriched throughout the years by England's complex history.
Folklore can come in many different forms, from happy stories intended to make children smile and laugh, to stories that act more like fables, providing an education into morals or ethics. Some families even have their own folk stories that trace all the way back to long-forgotten ancestors.
The Purpose of English Folklore
For many people, Folklore is both a way to pay homage to English history and a nostalgic opportunity to remember their heritage. The many political upheavals, revolutions and artistic renaissances that England has seen over the years has produced countless stories - many of which we no longer tell.
While there are many great tales to come out of England, Scotland, and Wales, many of the best stories have been forgotten over the years. You may know the story of Tom Thumb and Robin Hood almost off by heart, but you're less likely to hear about Boggarts, Herne the Hunter or Jack O Kent.
Forgotten English Folklore
Over the years, some folktales have been picked up and re-imagined into more modern stories and films at the cinema, but other stories have lost their appeal as England has evolved.
Here are just some of the stories in English folklore that we don't hear as often.
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