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Black Annis
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Background
Purpose To teach children not to wander
Country England

Black Annis, also known as Black Agnes, is a boogeyman figure in English folklore. She is said to haunt the countryside of Leicestershire, living in a cave in the Dane Hills, with an oak tree at its entrance.

Characteristics[]

Physical appearance[]

She is imagined as a blue-faced crone or witch with iron claws and a taste for humans (especially children).

Legend[]

She supposedly goes out onto the glens at night looking for unsuspecting children and lambs to eat, then tanning their skins by hanging them on a tree, before wearing them around her waist. She would reach inside houses to snatch people. Legend has it that she used her iron claws to dig into the side of a sandstone cliff, making herself a home there which is known as Black Annis's Bower. The legend led to parents warning their children that Black Annis would catch them if they did not behave.

Origin[]

It is thought that the earliest written reference to Black Annis was from the eighteenth century, from which a title deed referred to a parcel of land as "Black Anny's Bower Close".

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