Haunted Trees and other Myths & Legends of the Forest

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: This is the location where the hanging of Jonah Snell occurred, though nothing suggests that he is the ghost in question. 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 away.


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.


Leading Figure

Location: Yealand Conyers (Lancashire) - Village and Warton Woods
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An undescribed ghost once took a woman by the arm in this wood, leading her to the village before vanishing.


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