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  • The Monster of Ryde October 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Monster of Ryde

    Some weeks ago Beach had some fun running through twentieth-century British monster stories. Here was one of his favourites. It has everything: a lion’s head, big tracks, a creepy cry and became part of a war-time propaganda campaign. We are at Ryde on the Isle of Wight off the coast of southern England: it is […]

    Hallucinogenic Fairies on the Isle of Wight? June 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Hallucinogenic Fairies on the Isle of Wight?

    There are fairy-dead counties in England, counties from which no or few fairy legends survive, particularly in the south-east. At the top of the league table is fairyless Kent, but not far behind is the Isle of Wight. To the best of my knowledge there is only one nineteenth century-legend (and nothing before) and that […]

    Genocide on the Isle of Wight? July 13, 2010

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Genocide on the Isle of Wight?

                Beachcombing has noted before the refusal of archaeologists to face up to some of the bloodier customs of our ancestors. And what better example of this than the way that most archaeologists looking away on coming across any evidence of mass killings or human sacrifice in Dark Age Britain? Indeed, despite there being […]