Fairy Pipes

: Welsh Folk-lore

Cetyn y Tylwyth Teg, or Fairy Pipes, are small clay pipes, with bowls

that will barely admit the tip of the little finger. They are found in

many places, generally with the stem broken off, though usually the bowl

is perfect.

A short time ago I stayed awhile to talk with some workmen who were

engaged in carting away the remains of a small farm house, once called Y

Bwlch, in the parish of Efenechtyd, Denb
ghshire, and they told me that

they had just found a Fairy Pipe, or, as they called it, Cetyn y Tylwyth

Teg, which they gave me. A similar pipe was also picked up by Lewis

Jones, Brynffynon, on Coed Marchan, in the same parish, when he was

enclosing a part of the mountain allotted to his farm. In March, 1887,

the workmen employed in taking down what were at one time buildings

belonging to a bettermost kind of residence, opposite Llanfwrog Church,

near Ruthin, also discovered one of these wee pipes. Pipes, identical in

shape and size, have been found in all parts of Wales, and they are

always known by the name of Cetyn y Tylwyth Teg, or Fairy Pipes.

In Shropshire they have also been discovered in the Fens, and the late

Rev. Canon Lee, Hanmer, had one in his possession, which had been found

in those parts, and, it was called a Fairy Pipe.