Willy Howe is a large, tree-covered, Neolithic round barrow in East Yorkshire. Local folklore tells the tale of a farmer returning home late one night and hearing music coming from the Howe. On investigation he found a door which neither he or anyone else had seen before. He opened the door and looked inside, he saw a table groaning with food and a group of hobs making merry. The hobs spotted him and invited him in and offered him a drink. He took the drink and then rudely dashed off with the cup the drink was served in. The hobs gave chase but as soon as he crossed the first stream, the Gypsey Race, they gave up and returned to their feast. On arriving home he saw that the cup was a fabulous gold vessel. He presented the cup to King Henry I who later passed it on to his brother-in-law King David of Scotland
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This bit of folklore is very similar to the tale of the gold cup found in the Rillaton barrow in Cornwall. There is probably an element of truth in the finding of a gold cup after all..