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Writer investigates Wollaton Park gnomes case


Posted on Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 | Comment icon 44 comments

The story has long remained something of an enigma. Image Credit: The Gardeners Chronicle
A bizarre encounter by six schoolchildren in 1979 is the subject of a new investigation by Dr Simon Young.
The peculiar incident, which took place in Wollaton park, Nottingham, involved a group of young children aged between eight and ten, who all claimed to have witnessed a remarkable sight.

Their testimony told of an evening encounter with several dozen white-bearded "gnomes" who, at half their height, wore Noddy-style caps and drove around the park in tiny bubble cars.

The children remained adamant that they had spent around 15 minutes in the gnomes' company.

Fast-forward to the present day and now writer and historian Dr Simon Young has reopened the case in a renewed effort to get to the bottom of the mystery and learn what actually happened.

To aid in his research he is seeking out the original children who will now be in their 40s.

"The Wollaton Park sightings badly needs a longer study," he said. "I would like to interview them about their memories. I will guarantee absolute anonymity."

"People are understandably very sensitive about these matters."

Bizarrely, there were even encounters with the alleged gnomes by adult witnesses some years prior, as detailed in Marjorie Johnson's book "Seeing Fairies".

In the early 1900s, Mrs. C. George claimed to have seen "little men dressed as policemen".

"They were smiling and looking very happy," she said at the time. "They hadn't any wings, and as far as I can remember they were between two and three feet in height."

Source: Nottingham Post | Comments (44)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #35 Posted by fred_mc on 19 February, 2017, 14:42
That's because there is no inter-dimensional standard for fuel contents. It would be like filling up petrol with the wrong octane or lead contents or even like filling diesel in a petrol car.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Black Monk on 19 February, 2017, 18:19
Not only did they see gnomes, but they also saw them driving little bubble cars! What a great thing to witness. It's similar to the sightings of leprechauns by various people in Liverpool in the 1960s.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Torviking on 19 February, 2017, 19:45
It's just umpa lumpas on a day off, leave em alone.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Lobotomy on 21 February, 2017, 3:30
"I would like to interview them about their memories. I will guarantee absolute anonymity." Which is quite funny given that their names and pictures are plastered all over the place. Nottingham Post from a few days ago
Comment icon #39 Posted by seeder on 21 February, 2017, 3:58
and this one had the bubble type roof https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_car
Comment icon #40 Posted by seeder on 21 February, 2017, 4:04
maybe he meant any info taken in an interview would not have names attached to the reports...... so it wont be a "John Smith said"....more of a... "One of the people said" type of report
Comment icon #41 Posted by seeder on 21 February, 2017, 4:06
the open top version
Comment icon #42 Posted by seeder on 21 February, 2017, 4:09
lots of designs fall under the "Bubble car" label, have as look https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bubble+car&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjC5_7BpaDSAhWmBsAKHesoAQwQ_AUICCgB&biw=1366&bih=635#imgrc=_
Comment icon #43 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 21 February, 2017, 7:37
These are cool: Messerschmitt KR200 (1,450 hp Daimler Benz ; sorry I mean 200 cc two-stroke); and Heinkel Kabineroller:
Comment icon #44 Posted by Black Monk on 27 February, 2017, 11:06
Me and my brother used to call VW Beetles "bubble cars" when we were kids. They were much more commonplace then. Whenever we saw one we used to say: "Look! There's a bubble car!"


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