Monday, March 06, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.65: Feldon Avenue

This ancient tree stands before a small green hillock or mound at the corner of Feldon Avenue and Eastcote Lane. It is speculated that the the name of Feldon Avenue is derived from the Old English term Fae Don meaning something like 'fairy fort' or 'fairy castle'. Machen claims that the term 'fairy' itself derives from the concept of 'the fair folk' - an honorific used by a fearful populace to both designate and appease a squat, mishappen and troglodytic people who supposedly once haunted the Neolithic European landscape.

Coincidentally, at the beginning of October 1975, the mound was partially excavated when the Water Board sought to fix a burst pipe. During the dig, a strange black stone - marked with curious indentations or scratches - was apparently uncovered and removed from the site. Soon after, residents of Feldon Avenue began reporting regular, nightly disturbances caused by what were described to the police as 'ugly' and 'uncouth' children. These reports were not taken seriously until, on the night of October 31st, a newborn baby girl was seemingly abducted from a house in Feldon Avenue. The child was never found, although immediately after her disappearance the disturbances which had so afflicted the unforunate residents of the neighbourhood suddenly and unexpectedly ceased.

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