Thoroughly Modern Midsummer getaway to Whimple – a Devon village whose name is so parody England that if an 'English Placename Generator' produced it you'd give the algorithm a sharp look (recorded in the Domesday Book as Winpla, from the Brythonic Celtic for 'white pool' - which is cute but, naturally, the constituency has elected a Conservative MP since its creation 🙃) – & Ottery St. Mary, where we attended their annual Pixie Day.
Pixie Day celebrates the 1454 exile of the pixies - who had for centuries caused trouble in the town, especially from 600 AD onward, when the spread of Christianity by early missionaries threatened their coexistence with pagan society - & their defeat in 1455, when they attempted to take revenge by kidnapping the church bellringers (pixies can't abide the sound of church bells - the bells' first peal, on Midsummer 1454, drove them out of the town) but were foiled when the ringers escaped. Every year, the town's children re-enact this, in costume - clearly, Pixie Day is counterrevolutionary.
📸 by @liam529
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