Fairytales in Yorkshire
Once upon a time in a Yorkshire village, two girls out were out exploring the woods when they inadvertently created a myth that has so far lasted 100 years.
The Cottingley Fairies have held onto our imaginations for a century, ever since photographs emerged showing cousins, Frances and Elsie playing among the trees with a series of small, winged figures.
Our Cottingley Fairy gin down Cottingley Beck
Whether they really were fairies or simply cardboard cutouts, it didn’t ultimately matter. They transformed the bare natural landscape into a magical place, where suspending disbelief added a new dimension to this otherwise overlooked location.
Right up until her death, Frances insisted that the fifth photograph was not faked, and her denial leaves a ringing in our ears no matter how rational we consider ourselves to be.
100 years later, Cottingley Gin, continues the fairytale story courtesy of a sprinkling of fairydust.