Haunted Norfolk

Haunted Norfolk: St Marys, East Somerton

The Witches Leg

Today I want to write to you about a little walk I took.

As many of you will already be aware I hail from the UK, more specifically the County of Norfolk which has the world’s greatest concentration of medieval churches, more than 650.

A short drive, literally 15 min away from where I live sit the woods of East Somerton which housed such a church. However, this church is no longer in one piece, it fell to disuse in the 17th century.

Nature has reclaimed this ruin.

At least that’s one version of events.

The other version is far more interesting and dramatic. Being that the church was abandoned after a witch placed a curse on it.

During the height of the witch trials, one poor unfortunate witch with a wooden leg was burned alive in the church. As she died she cursed the church, in that her wooden leg would grow into a tree which would sunder the church.

The witch is also said to have put a condition in the curse, being that if anyone walks around the tree three times her spirit will be released.

But ghostly monks are also said to haunt the church and actively prevent her spirit from escaping.