Customary conclusions

Part V, the final part of our 'Custom, folklore and magic' series draws the key themes together and asks what future generations would make of the hundreds of padlock keys littering the bed of the Wharfe alongside the bridge. Where a rich customary life offers meaning, celebration and pleasure, benefit is plain to see regardless… Continue reading Customary conclusions


Animal magic

Part IV of our series on 'Custom, folklore and magic' enters the realm of Satan through the haunted Fairfax family in the Washburn and shows how animals have been used as demonic signs for generations. by Paul Wood, January 2023 Fantastic beasts, representing good and evil, appear throughout history and Otley's early iconography is no… Continue reading Animal magic