What's the story about?
Longarms and Jenny Greenteeth are fabled creatures of the bog, whose
lives are as tangled as the water weed they know so well. They inhabit
a dark, wet and mysterious place, full of submerged secrets."
and Millie stumble into their hidden, damp and mossy world and find
themselves embarking on a puzzle-solving adventure which leads them a
merry dance throughout their exciting summer holiday whilst staying
with their grandparents near Wybunbury Moss in Cheshire."
Nellie Longarms is a children's story based on the facts and folklore of the Cheshire Village
The story is intended to appeal to children of about 10
years of age.
It is a work of fiction and characters are imaginary. However:-
Wybunbury, pronounced “Winbury” by locals, is a village in South Cheshire.
Wybunbury Moss with its floating raft of peat exists.
leaning tower of Wybunbury is a well known Cheshire landmark and
engineers who worked on the Pisa project in the latter years of the
20th Century studied Victorian methods of stabilizing Wybunbury tower.
A long lost treasure was found locked in an old tin chest in the leaning tower (1969).
The tower bells still ring (2007) – practice on Thursday nights.
Wybunbury Delves School was endowed by the local Delves family.
Sir John Delves fought with the Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers, 19th September 1356.
older members of the Wybunbury community were children they were warned
of the dangers of the Moss and of Nellie Longarms who lived there.
Perhaps present day Wybunbury children are similarly warned but
newcomers to the village, in its new housing projects, may not be aware
Greenteeth did a similar job to Nellie and kept village children away
from farm cess pits and similarly dangerous and watery places.
The fig pie race is still (2007) an annual event.
waters of Tom Wall Well, also known as Tam Wall Well, were believed to
have healing properties. The well’s original site is now overgrown but
the spring still runs.
Greenteeth seems to be generally known and occurs in the folklore of
various parts of Britain. As far as I am aware Nellie Longarms is
peculiar to Wybunbury Moss.
John Bailey, 12th February 2007
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