Haunted Trees and other Myths & Legends of the Forest

 
 


Lady Anne's Cracked Grave

Location: Tewin (Hertfordshire) - St Peter's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1780 to present
Further Comments: Not believing in an afterlife, during her earthly days Lady Anne Grimston scoffed that trees would ruin her tomb if she was wrong. Sure enough, her tomb is now ruined by a large tree that has split the stone open. One legend has the Devil appear near her grave every New Year's Eve, on the stroke of midnight.


 
 


Eric

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - Thetford Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2005
Further Comments: The spectre of an elderly gentleman is said to wander around the picnic site in the forest - it is reported that people have spoken to him before he vanishes into thin air.


 
 


Queen Boadica and Daughters

Location: Theydon Bois (Essex) - Epping Forest, Iron Age Hillfort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several old reports exist of Boadica being seen at this location with her daughters, though nothing has appeared recently.


 
 


Jumping Devil

Location: Thornecombe (Dorset) - Trees between village and Birdsmore Gate
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil is sometimes thought to exercise by jumping over the trees located between these two locations.


 
 


Horse sized Dog

Location: Thorney (Northamptonshire) - Woods in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Summer only (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This great dog is said to be the size of a small horse, also sharing a few other equestrian characteristics.


 
 


Old Woman

Location: Toft (Cheshire) - Seven Sisters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shade of an old woman is reported to sit under this group of trees.


 
 


Piskie Kidnapping

Location: Treonike (Cornwall) - Nearby woodland
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young local boy was taken one night by the fairies, and found several days later alive and well. He said that a beautiful lady had taken him into a fantastic palace, where he had fallen asleep, only to wake up to his rescuers.


 
 


Man in Black with Tall Hat

Location: Trimley St. Martin (Suffolk) - Field near T junction, wire fence with trees
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mistaken as a local farmer by a metal detector enthusiast, the man in black disappeared when approached.


 
 


Shuck and Friends

Location: Tuamgraney (County Clare) - Wooded area
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This wooded hollow is particularly haunted around Halloween, when it is said to change into dense woodland with demonic creatures, including a red eyed dogs and rams.


 
 


Little Drummer Boy

Location: Upper Halling (Kent) - Wooded area in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July & August 2004 (dusk)
Further Comments: Local children have reported hearing the sounds of drumming in an area which is believed to be haunted by a young drummer who died there.


 
 


Black Sally's Tree

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Hyde Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A tree in the park is rumoured to be haunted by Black Sally, who was murdered as she slept underneath the canopy. The tree no longer stands, though the rumours of ghosts continue.


 
 


Scarred Figure

Location: Ware (Hertfordshire) - Presdlaes School woods
Type: Other
Date / Time: Seen 2003?
Further Comments: A locally told story is that of a hooded character wearing a black cape that runs around this wooded area. The ghost's skin is covered with scar marks, and its bright yellow-green eyes have black slit pupils. The entity chases after anyone it meets.


 
 


Speeding Horseman

Location: West Auckland (Durham) - Route between town and Hamsterley Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen galloping at the speed of an arrow, this horseman vanishes once he enters the dense woodland.


 
 


Grey Man

Location: West Saltoun (Lothian) - Woods south of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wizard executed in Edinburgh confessed to talking to the ghost which haunted these woods, which manifested as a man dressed in a grey gown.


 
 


Warriors

Location: West Stoke (Sussex) - Kingley Vale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghosts reported in this area are said to have strong links to the nearby barrows, connected to a battle that occurred here between Saxons and Viking warriors in the ninth century. Some say that the trees in the area transform into something else at night and move around the area.


 
 


Talking Trees

Location: Whitcombe (Dorset) - Culliford Tree (also known as Came Wood)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A woman who was planning to build a house on this barrow said that she changed her mind after hearing a voice talking to her, sounding as if it had come from the trees.


 
 


Little Creature with Glowing Eyes

Location: Wichling (Kent) - Wooded area and the church
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A group of four people in the church yard at night reported seeing a small entity with glowing red eyes run by them. They quickly left after hearing a strange whistling and watching a fast moving cloud cover the area. There are other stories which involve small figures seen standing by the edge of the woods.


 
 


Black Robed Figure with a Skeletal Face

Location: Wickham Market (Suffolk) - Potsford Wood, B1078, gibbet marked by plaque
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s, 1997
Further Comments: The location of the hanging of Jonah Snell (record 815), though nothing to suggest that the shade here is he. In 1997 a couple reported being harassed by a black shapeless object that moaned gently at them late at night when their car broke down near the site, while the 1980's sighting occurred in broad daylight: a truck driver stopped for a call of nature near the plaque, paused to read it while walking into the woods, and felt a tap on his shoulder. Turning, he came face to face with a skeletal form, hooded and dressed in robes. Needless to say, he ran for the truck and drove off


 
 


Child in Yellow Dress

Location: Windsor Forest (Berkshire) - Callins Bridge, near Shurlock Row
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: This young girl with raven hair is reported to lead anyone who follows her to a mass grave of soldiers killed in the Civil War.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Winslade (Hampshire) - Spring Wood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Part of this wooded area is haunted by a ghostly woman in grey.


 
 


Mr Grey

Location: Wissett (Suffolk) - Grey's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mr Grey hanged himself from a tree along this lane, and now his ghost is said to sway on the end of a rope from the branches.


 
 


Blood of George

Location: Wixford (Warwickshire) - George's Elm Lane, elm tree
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown if tree still present
Further Comments: The tree was said to have grown from a stake driven into the heart of a man buried here named George (some legends say Saint George). The tree would bleed if cut.


 
 


Man in Tricorn Hat

Location: Woodhall Spa (Lincolnshire) - Pine Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man wearing a cloak and a tricorn hat is said to drift through this wooded area. A phantom woman in white and the sound of wailing have also been reported.


 
 


Dancing Skeletons

Location: Worthing (Sussex) - Broadwater Green, old oak tree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A local tale says that these animated bones appear on midsummer night's eve to dance and jig until the sun rises on the following day.


 
 


Distorted Mist

Location: Wrexham (Clwyd) - Kings Mills, 'Biniki' tourist spot, Hang Man's Tree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The strange mist seen moving slowly around the tree base may be connected to the previous usage of the thick branches.


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