Peg Powler

A water-sprite that haunted the River Tees in northern England. She had green tresses, and an insatiable desire for human life. Tales were told at Piersebridge of her dragging naughty children into its deep waters when playing, despite the warnings of their parents.

The foam or froth which is occasionally seen floating on the river was called Peg Powler's Suds, and the finer and less sponge-like froth was known as Peg Powler's Cream.



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