Ep 61: Wollaton Gnomes Special with Kate Ray and Dr Neil Rushton

This episode, is part of a Wollaton Special which initially released on Sunday evening as a video on my YouTube channel. If you are not familiar with the Wollaton Gnomes encounter here’s a short explanation:

On 23rd September 1979, six school children reported encountering thirty gnomes driving ‘Noddy’ type cars around Wollaton Park, near where they lived in Nottingham. It had taken place around 8.15pm, while they were playing.

After a series of events, they ran from the park and some of the younger children appeared to be traumatised afterwards. Upon return to school, their headmaster tape recorded separate interviews with all the children.

They answered a number of questions about their experiences and gave detailed descriptions of the gnomes. This transcript still exists and is available here.

In the following days, local and national press released articles about the incident. The case eventually went quiet. To date, the witnesses have been unresponsive to multiple appeals to discuss the event.

In 2022, Dr Simon Young published a collection of essays about the Nottingham fairy mystery which, I contributed to along with some other researchers including Dr Jack Hunter, Dr Neil Rushton, and Kate Ray.

Neil, Kate and I recently took an expedition to Wollaton Park and in the YouTube version I’ve included a short film about what we did there. If you are interested, I’d recommend going there and watching the film and please do subscribe as it all really helps the Project. But Effectively, we we aimed to connect with the landscape and sense out the areas where events may possibly have taken place.

At the end of our gnome wander video we hold a debrief session which took place a couple of days after our trip. I’ll be sharing that debrief session here in this episode. We plan further expeditions later this year and I will produce more episodes about the case later in the year.

Watch this space for further action in this area and I hope you enjoy the episode.

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I highly recommend Dr Simon Young’s and Chris Woodyard’s episode about the Wollaton Gnomes on their and Boggart and Banshee Podcast.

Kate Ray and Neil Rushton also produced an episode about the Wollaton Case and a further one involved a chat with Dan Green who was also a contributor to the book.

And Kate will be releasing a gnome-themed novel set in Wollaton Park in June 2023

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