Tizzie Whizie – the Beast of Bowness

I came across this amusing little piece of information today which I thought rather fun. Here it is in its entirety.

The mysterious Tizzie-Whizie

Photograph of the alleged Tizzie Wizzie

The Tizzie-Whizie was allegedly first spotted by a Bowness boatman around 1900. He regaled tourists in the town’s Stag’s Head Hotel about his thrilling encounter with the extraordinary creature.

Shy, water-loving creatures, Tizzie-Wizzies are reputed to have the body of a hedgehog, the tail of a squirrel or fox and a pair of bee-like wings.

From “A Boatman’s Grandson”: This one was captured in 1906, struggling and squealing, it was rushed to Louis Herbert’s Photographic Studio, opposite St Martin’s Church. Having calmed it down with some warm milk and morsels of ginger biscuit he took this immortal portrait of the Tizzie Whizie, before it jumped off his table and flew out of the window to regain its freedom.

It had a very faint cry, which could just be heard if you had your ear at water level. Many thousands of postcards were sold from this one photograph. The boatmen used to conduct Tizzie Whizie hunts and the evasive Tizzie Whizie would invariably finish under one of the piers and one of the tourists engaged in the hunt would be ‘accidentally’ pushed into the lake !

Sometimes the boatmen would say that it had escaped to Belle Isle and if any of the hunt followers wished they could be taken across the lake to look for it. When asked why they couldn’t see it flying across the lake, the reply was ‘because it was a very good underwater swimmer’.

(Courtesy of www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/localspecialities/ghostsandmyths)

Our Pyreneans love walking along Bowness Bay, seen here one late summer evening.

Bowness Bay is only a 7-minute walk from Blenheim Lodge. ‘Hey, Tizzie Whizie? Where are you?’

So, dear reader, what do you think?

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4 Responses to Tizzie Whizie – the Beast of Bowness

  1. Clowie says:

    That’s a fun story. I think the Tizzie Whizie is probably a great friend of the Loch Ness monster.

  2. blodge1 says:

    Do you know, there is supposed to be a Bownessie? I might write about it next!

  3. Clowie says:

    No, I hadn’t heard that! I’d love to hear the story.

  4. blodge1 says:

    Great! I was just thinking of writing about Bownessie tonight. Hope you will like it.

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