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Writer investigates Wollaton Park gnomes case


Posted on Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 | Comment icon 51 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 (51)


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Recent comments on this story
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!"  
Comment icon #45 Posted by poi on 10 July, 2017, 13:49
i was bought up in Wollaton on charlbury Road and back then a lot of the area was woods fields old dried up canals, ponds, slag heaps of coal etc where we used to play as children we were probably about half a mile from wollaton park main gates and back then you could almost walk to Wollaton Park without going out of the woods and fields  I am 50 now so I am going back to the late 1970s. one evening in summer me and a friend were stood on the side of an old dried out canal it was midsummer maybe 9 oclock at night just going dark but you could still see quite well and I looked across the other ... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by oldrover on 10 July, 2017, 22:03
Poi, I can't pretend to believe in the possibility of little humanoids, but I genuinely enjoyed your story. 
Comment icon #47 Posted by taniwha on 11 July, 2017, 8:25
If the children at Woolaton Park actually saw dolls instead of gnomes this story has taken on a very sinister and creepy twist indeed.  
Comment icon #48 Posted by Black Monk on 16 July, 2017, 11:02
Why?
Comment icon #49 Posted by Ozfactor on 16 July, 2017, 11:32
dolls in remote controlled cars ! 
Comment icon #50 Posted by Matt221 on 16 July, 2017, 12:44
My mate had one in his car collection great fun to drive
Comment icon #51 Posted by ChaosRose on 16 July, 2017, 14:19
People are actually investigating this?


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