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A golden calf.


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

Concealed House

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - Castle Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story states that a mansion lies buried under the hill, filled with wealth beyond dreams. Another story says that the hill was created by the Devil, created by mud falling from his shoe. Walking around the hill seven times at midnight is said to summon him.


Location: Thimbleby (Yorkshire) - Farmstead in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Folklore says a bull's skin filled with gold was buried in this area.


Location: Thoresby (Yorkshire) - Farmer's field
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: A serving girl had a dream that treasure was buried in a field on the farm where she worked. She dug on the area and found many coins, which she distributed to her friends and neighbours. When the lord of the manor heard about the discovery, he declared the treasure belonged to him. The girl fled the neighbourhood, terrified of the lord's reaction once he realised that she had given most of the coins away.

Hidden Gold

Location: Upsall (Yorkshire) - Elder bush close to the castle ruins (not known if bush remains)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An Upsall man had a dream that if he travelled to London Bridge, he would become rich. Arriving at the bridge, he met another man who said that he had also had a dream in which he had travelled to Upsall and dug up treasure by a bush near the castle but did not know where Upsall was located. The Upsall man said that he had never heard of the place and quickly returned home to dig the treasure up himself. A similar story which is said to have occurred in several places across the UK.


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.

A ghostly Cardinal protects hidden treasure.


Location: Waverley (Surrey) - Waverley Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Ghost unknown, cat sighting 27 October 1825
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. The writer William Cobbett reported seeing a large grey cat while visiting the abbey, possibly an early Alien Big Cat encounter.

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.


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.

Buried Treasure

Location: Wendron (Cornwall) - Bodilly Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The original building which stood here was haunted by three ghostly figures, though they departed after one old lady spoke to them. Before leaving, as a reward for her kindness, the ghosts informed the woman that a wealth of treasure was buried under the farmhouse. Unfortunately, a series of accidents prevented the hoard being discovered, and now the area has been concreted over.

A cave filled with wealth.

Jack o'Legs

Location: Weston (Hertfordshire) - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Jack o'Legs was said to be a very tall man (perhaps fourteen foot tall!) who, armed with bow and arrow, robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. It is also said that a cave somewhere near here may still contain some of his ill-gotten gains.


Location: Weston (Yorkshire) - Dobb Park Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This three-headed hound stands guard over a hoard of hidden treasure somewhere on this site.

An old woodcut showing a large bird rising from flames.

Hideous Bird

Location: Weston Penyard (Hereford & Worcester) - Penyard Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A cave hidden under the castle contains a vast collection of gold and gems. The wealth is protected by a large bird which never sleeps and attacks any who come too close to discovering the cave.

Cromwellian Treasure

Location: Wexford (County Wexford) - St Michael's Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Cromwellian soldier stands guard over a hidden hoard of treasure somewhere in the area.

Cursed Hoard

Location: Wherwell (Hampshire) - Exact location unknown
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Somewhere in the village, a fabulous treasure is hidden; searching for it will do little good, however, as anyone who finds it will die.

Concealed Treasure

Location: Whitchurch (Hereford & Worcester) - King Arthur's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Arthur hid much of his loot in this cave, which Merlin then protected with a spell, ensuring the treasure would never be found.


Location: Wilmington (Sussex) - Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the barrows in this area is said to contain a Golden coffin containing a Roman body.

Clawed Stone

Location: Winceby (Lincolnshire) - Boulder near area known as Slash Hollow
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Moved to the side of the field in 1970
Further Comments: The stone was finally buried by a farmer, who dug a hole next to the boulder and pushed it in. A failed previous attempt had resulted in the Devil appearing who scratched the stone with his claws. The stone was believed to have been placed on top of treasure, however when the stone was finally moved to one said, no treasure (or Devil) was found.


Location: Winsford (Somerset) - Winsford Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wagon that haunts this spot was supposedly crushed as its owner tried to move aside the heavy monolith located here, to steal the treasure beneath.


Location: Winterborne Kingston (Dorset) - Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Dismissed 1858
Further Comments: It was once thought that a golden coffin was buried here, though a dig in 1858 discovered a lead one containing a Roman body.

Golden Coffin

Location: Winterslow (Wiltshire) - Exact location not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Another location said to contain a coffin made of gold, though its location is not really known (nor, for that matter, its existence).

Pixie Party

Location: Wold Newton (Yorkshire) - Willy Howe barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A human gatecrasher reported joining a pixie party that was occurring within this barrow - he soon ran off, not wanting to fall under a fairy spell. Another man was said to have picked up a golden coin each day from the barrow, left there for him by a fairy who liked him, although she stopped her act of generosity when the man told others of her. Finally, another story says there is treasure here, although it can never be removed.

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