Second encounter in the Smoke

Just experienced second occurrence in Waterloo station, of all places. I found out it used to be a marsh and pleasure garden, frequented by thieves and pickpockets(the garden, not the marsh), before it was a train station. Also the marsh was fed by the Tyburn river, which ran past the famous site of execution, Tyburn hill(not sure how a river from the north side of the Thames feeds a marsh on the south side). Also the marsh was owned by the Earl of Arundel, who was attainted and died while imprisoned in the Tower, he was canonized in 1970 as a catholic martyr(Phillip Howard, 20th Earl). I guess iron is not all it is cracked up to be as regards the ffayre-ffolke. Or maybe steel is somehow exempt. My head is still spinning.

Also missed the obvious the first time i wrote this(pleading special circumstances). The Thames is a liminal water par excellence. Continuously inhabited for close to 12,000+ years, a couple thousand for London alone.


About drcarlsonalbion

Musician in band earth. Folklore/History/Occult enthusiast, especially about British Isles.
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5 Responses to Second encounter in the Smoke

  1. Liam D says:

    This is fascinating. I’m studying Folklore in college at the moment, but we’re concentrating on local Irish lore at the moment. I had no idea about the origin of Waterloo and it was a station I would use often while working in London. About time you had a blog sir, thanks for sharing.

    • I am just reading a great book ‘Thames-the Biography’ by Peter Ackroyd, Anchor Books, he also has a good one called ‘London Under’, Nan&Talese. There is a lot of great folklore(I prefer to think of it as alternate, or oral culture history). Thanks for reading. DRC

      • Liam D says:

        I’ll be sure to look for some of Peter Ackroyd’s works, I wasn’t aware of him before. I’m still very wet behind the ears. I’m reading some of Patricia Lysaght’s books at the moment, most notably her coverage of Banshee/Death herald folklore around Ireland, Wales and Scotland. If you have any recommendations for British supernatural folklore, I’d love to hear them. Thanks again.

  2. Kevin Booth says:

    Maybe they used iron as a way to keep irrational human fear in check?

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