Peg Powler

Peg Powler is described as crowned by green tresses, which are usually symbolic of a river deity, and local folk belief asserts that she lures to her depths the young and the unwary, whom she drowns or devours. The foam or froth which gathers on the higher reaches of the river in great masses is known as “Peg Powler’s Suds“, while a thinner accumulation of this surface scum is known as “Peg Powler’s Cream“. Children were solemnly warned against disporting themselves on the banks of the Tees, as Peg would assuredly “get” them when they were off their guard.

Lewis Spence

Minor Traditions of British Mythology

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