A circular pit near Flamborough was said in the nineteenth century to be where a girl named Jenny Gallows committed suicide. It was a common belief along the coast that anyone running nine times round it could hear the fairies. Another was that, when the eighth circuit was complete, the spirit of Jenny dressed in white would rise from the pit and cry out:

Ah’ll tee [tie] on me bonnet

An’ put on me shoe,

An’ if thoo’s nut off

Ah’ll seean [soon] catch thoo.

John Nicholson, recording this story in 1890, says that, some years previously, a farmer had ridden round the pit and to his terror Jenny rose and chased him. Just as he entered the village, she gave up the pursuit but bit a piece out of his horse’s flank, and the old mare had a white patch there to her dying day.



Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
Copyright © Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson 2005, 2008

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