Tomb Raiders - Legends of Hidden Treasure

 
 


Treasure Guardian

Location: Shipham (Somerset) - Wimblestone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present, said to dance when a full moon falls upon Midsummer Night
Further Comments: This large monolith's treasure could be seen in the hole left as the stone danced around its field.


 
 


Chest of Gold

Location: Shorwell (Isle of Wight) - Elm tree in an unnamed wood near the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Protected by a magical black bird, the chest can only be pulled from the ground by a dozen white oxen.


 
 


Tunnel

Location: Sidbury (Wiltshire) - Unnamed Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown, story told circa 1954
Further Comments: A well in the village was said to have contained a tunnel that led to Sidbury hill. Somewhere within the tunnel is concealed a golden chair.


 
 


Hidden Treasure

Location: Slad (Gloucestershire) - Area known as Pan's Wood (may no longer exist or has been renamed)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Accidents or sudden death is said to have prevented treasure hunters from finding the hoard hidden somewhere here. Even if people have come close to finding it, strange noises have caused them to flee.


 
 


Old Lady with Gold

Location: South Shields (Northumberland) - House along Thrift Street (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - likely to be pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A maid venturing into the basement at night encountered a phantom elderly lady who instructed her to reach into an opening in the cellar wall. The maid did so, and pulled out a bag of gold and the deeds to the house. The maid unsurprising retired.


 
 


Devil's Treasure

Location: Southwood (Norfolk) - Old church and Callow Pit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend states that the door handle of the church is all that remains of a treasure chest discovered by three (or two) men at the bottom of Callow Pit. As the men tried to take the chest away with them, Old Nick appeared and pulled at the other end - the men managed to escape with only one handle from the chest.


 
 


Smuggler's Gold

Location: Spike Island (County Cork) - Golden Rock
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This stash of gold was hidden by a smuggler in an area which came to be known as the Golden Rock. It was said that the hoard was protected by the ghost of a murdered servant.


 
 


Woman in Silk

Location: Spreyton (Devon) - Bush House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930
Further Comments: A phantom woman dressed in black silk was said to haunt this building, and anyone brave enough to follow her would be led to a vast amount of money. The loud rustling of her dress would normally alert anyone nearby to her presence.


 
 


Devil's Gold

Location: Staple Fitzpaine (Somerset) - Devil's Stone, near the church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The stone was once thought to have gold concealed underneath, hidden by the Devil. However, when moved to make way for a new road, nothing was found.


 
 


Treasure

Location: Stonyford (Hampshire) - Barrow Hill (aka Money Hills)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is said to contain hidden wealth.


 
 


Shuck with a Monk's Body and Dog's Head

Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Clopton Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This strange entry in the 'shuck' category stands guard over a hidden hoard of gold. A legend states that St Felix instructed a monk and a dog to guard the buried treasure, and over the years the entities merged into a single presence.


 
 


Highwayman

Location: Stretton Baskerville (Warwickshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A highwayman, some say Dick Turpin himself, hid some of this takings in this deserted medieval village. He died before managing to retrieve the money, and now he rides towards the village on horseback.


 
 


Curse

Location: Taunton (Somerset) - Castle Neroche
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Treasure believed (by some) to be concealed in the area around the Iron Age hillfort has yet to be fully discovered - death and serious accidents have befallen all those to have tried. Another legend says that the treasure is protected by a dragon.


 
 


Treasure Guardian

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Down House Farm
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend says this house was haunted - the farmer's wife met the ghost on the stairs, who told her that a great deal of wealth was concealed under the water pump. After she had found it, the ghost never troubled anyone again.


 
 


John Alcock

Location: Temple Grafton (Warwickshire) - Alcocks Arbour (aka Rolls Wood Hill), Croft Lane
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Present
Further Comments: Highwayman John Alcock stashed much of his ill-gotten gains in a cave under this hill, in a chest protected by three locks and guarded by a cockerel. The bird will only let treasure hunters pass if they possessed one of Alcock's bones. Another legend says that the hill was created by the Devil. Out picking nuts on Devil's Nutting Day (21 September), Old Nick stumbled across the Virgin Mary who ordered him to drop the nuts. The Devil did, and so the hill was created.


 
 


Calf

Location: Thatcham (Berkshire) - Grimsbury Castle (hillfort)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: N/A
Further Comments: In the nearby woodland, a golden calf is reputedly buried.


 
 


Concealed House

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - Castle Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story states that a mansion lies buried under the hill, filled with wealth beyond dreams.


 
 


Treasure

Location: Thwing (Yorkshire) - Willy Howe round barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hoard of treasure is reputed to be buried near this barrow.


 
 


Bird

Location: Verwood (Dorset) - The Verwood Stone (aka Hoarstone, aka Stephen’s Stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Under this stone is said to be a golden container. A large black bird protected the treasure, scaring away any tomb raiders. There have been reports of unnatural cold spots in the area.


 
 


Treasure Boat

Location: Veryan Beacon (Cornwall) - Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden boat with silver oars was once believed to be buried in the area. The craft was used by the Cornish giant Gerennius. The barrow was opened in 1855, and no treasure found.


 
 


Guardian Dog

Location: Wambarrows (Somerset) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black hound was said to protect the nearby hill from treasure hunters.


 
 


Wandering Saxon

Location: Washington (Sussex) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom Saxon warrior was once said to wander throughout this area. Sighting ceased after a large hoard of Saxon coins were discovered by a farmer and either sold or taken by the Government.


 
 


Cardinal

Location: Waverley (Surrey) - Waverley Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing in the dining hall, this former Cardinal was reportedly seen many times drifting around. It is believed that he could stand guard over a hoard of hidden treasure.


 
 


Gamekeeper's Treasure

Location: Weedon Bec (Northamptonshire) - Tree opposite park lodge gates
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Shortly after dying, a gamekeeper would manifest under a tree opposite a set of gates at midnight. A parson was told the story and investigated, visiting the site at night. Calling out for the ghost, the parson was met with instruction to dig at the site. The parson did so, and found a bag filled with coins. The gamekeeper was never seen again.


 
 


Treasure

Location: Wellington (Somerset) - Cockcrow Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This stone, animated by the sound of a cockerel's crow, is said to cover a secret treasure.


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