Witches and Black Adders

Enid Porter’s Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore (1969) relates an interesting tale of the Fen’s Black Viper. Apparently the Black Viper [common European Adder] was common to the undrained peat Fens of the past and that black reptile, invisible against...

A fisherman’s tale

Considering that the record catch for a freshwater eel in the United Kingdom is just 11lb 2oz (5.03kg), this rather fishy tale from 1892 should be taken with an ample pinch of salt – “A monstrous eel is caught in Whittlesea Mere. Enormous weight of...