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5 British folklore creatures with unusual names

When it comes to mythological and folklore creatures, us Brits really don’t piss about. We can proudly boast some of the most quirky creatures from anywhere in the world. As the country with place names such as Mudford Sock, Bitchfield, and Wetwang, you can expect some… unique names on this list of 5 British folklore creatures that you probably haven’t heard of.


Tiddy Mun

One from my own backyard, the Tiddy Mun is apparently a bog spirit in Lincolnshire. The spirit apparently has the oddly specific ability to control the waters and mist of the South Lincolnshire, and the Carrs of North Lincolnshire.

Apparently only as tall as a three year old, and neutral in intention, the Tiddy Mun is called so after the local word ‘tiddy’ meaning small.


Bugbear

More than just a pet peeve, the Bugbear is an English folklore creature was used to scare children into behaving like the Boogeyman. The Bugbear is said to be like a goblin.


Jenny Greenteeth

She may sound like someone encountered under poor disco lighting, but Jenny Greenteeth is a sinister and evil spirit according to British folklore. A river dweller, she is said to drag children and the elderly to a watery grave. Said to be green and haggard in appearance, with green skin and sharp teeth.


Shellycoat

A small brownie like creature stalking the swamps of Northern England and Scotland. It’s name comes from the coat of shells it is said to wear. A non-malicious creature, the Shellycoat was said to be mischievous, and to play pranks and mislead those that enter their domain.


Shugmonkey

With a name that sounds like a young couples pet name for each other, the Shugmonkey is said to be some kind of cross between a monkey and a dog. The cryptid lives around Cambridgeshire, but wasn’t reported prior to WW2 making it a relatively recent folk tale.



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