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Can you name the these people and creatures from the English Folklore of the South West?

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A legendary character from the village of Mousehole, Cornwall who braved to winter storms to catch fish to feed his village. They are celebrated with a festival every December 23rd
A neolithic, chambered long barrow situated on Cleeve Hill. It is one of the Costwold-Severn group
A hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset. Some folk stories indicate that the image is an outline of the corpse of a real giant.
A granite cross on Dartmoor, where an Anglo-Saxon Earl of Devon in the 11th century is believed to have died there during a snowstorm
The founder of Cornwall, a warrior and fighter of giants.
A hollow wooden head with horns, a beard, and a hinged jaw which allowed the mouth to open and close. Part of a local variant of the charivari custom known as 'skimity riding'.
The tale associated with this place concerns a child who gets lost picking primroses and is given a gift by fairies and return safely home.
A ghost story that built up around a stretch of road in Dartmoor. Drivers tell of two hand grabbing their wheel and driving their car off the road.
A teenager/young adult who slays a number of giants, generally though to be during the reign of King Arthur.
The last resting place of a suicide victim who is thought to have died in the late 18th century. A popular subject for local ghost stories
A country in Arthurian legend, said to have bordered Cornwall but sunk under the waves.
A Mythical creature - mischievous, tiny and childlike. They are fond of dancing. In modern times interchangable with faries but historically their rivals
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A Westcountry custom practised on the last Thursday of October related to Halloween in Somerset. Children will march around with a jack o'lantern, singing a song.
A magistrate in the early 17th century, who became Cornwall's version of Faust, having bargained his soul for power, fame and success.
The castle where the legendary King Arthur was born
The subject of the folk song of the same name, featuring Uncle Tom Cobley
A series of limestone caverns, a show cave and now a tourist attraction. Linked to a legendary witch
A poem by William Blake, inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury
A cryptid that is reported to live, in the Forest of Dean. In 1802, villagers disrupted by a mysterious giant boar, despite the species being extint in Britain
A male sea-spirit in Cornish folklore that inhabited mines and coastal communities as a hobgoblin during storms.
The Queen of the Pixies, often depicted naked and associated with fire and water elements.
A mythical creature in Welsh, Cornish and Devon folklore. They are the equivalent of Irish leprechauns and English and Scottish brownies.
Alternately referred to as either a cleric or wizard who regularly beats the Devil in bets and games. He is most well known around Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.

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