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Frances Griffiths - In her own words

Welcome to the Official Frances Griffiths site.

An official book has just been published containing the memoir’s of Frances Griffiths, the nine year old girl in the famous photograph named by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as The Fairy Ring.

Frances was nine in the summer of 1917 and twelve in 1920 when she saw fairies in the beck that ran behind the house in Cottingley where she was living with her mother, her Aunt Polly, cousin Elsie and Uncle Arthur Wright. This is a first hand account of that momentous event. The first time that either Frances or her cousin Elsie have put down their experiences in writing, and this is also the very first time that the fifth photograph, the only ever photograph taken of real fairies (The Fairy Bower) has been seen in colour.

The Fairy Bower in colour was made from one of the 15 Lantern slides tinted in 1920 by a photographic studio in Wealdstone, Middlesex, owned by a Mr Snelling on the instructions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edward Gardner.

The loveliest of the five fairies in that extraordinary photograph can be seen on the front cover of the book:' Reflections of the Cottingley Fairies - Frances Griffiths in her own words'.
It was taken at a distance of only three feet. The fairy can be seen looking directly at Frances (although she was not aware of it). Frances only saw what looked like a cocoon in the middle of a nest of grass when she took a snap with the camera given her by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

When the negative reached Snelling’s Studio, misty images on the plate were strengthened and to the astonishment of everyone, five transparent images of fairies were discovered. Even more amazing, wings can be seen outlined against the skyline. There appear to be many more fairies deeper into the grasses and harebells.

This extraordinary coloured photograph will soon be available on an A3 Poster - check back soon for more details.

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These extraordinary photographs took the world by storm in 1918 - Paul Atterbury - Antiques Roadshow
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