Epping Forest; The Most Haunted Forest in England
Some places around the world carry legitimately terrifying histories that can evoke feelings of dread. From tragic sites of haunted ghosts to dense and dark forests of death such as the Aokigahara Forest, also known as suicide forest. One of the supposedly most haunted forests with the spookiest and eeriest experiences is the Epping Forest.
Epping Forest is an area of ancient woodland in England. It is a former royal forest, and is managed by the City of London Corporation Epping Forest, Essex, England. The size and density of Epping Forest have made it a popular hideout for criminals and an infamous burial spot for bodies. Notorious highwayman Dick Turpin hid there in the early 1700s, and more than a dozen murder victims have been discovered in the woods since the 1960s.
The forest is thought to have been given legal status as a royal forest by Henry II in the 12th century. This status allowed commoners to use the forest to gather wood and foodstuffs, and to graze livestock and turn out pigs for mast, but only the king was allowed to hunt there.
It is no surprise then that the forest has developed a reputation for spooky sounds and ghostly apparitions. Some people also claim that if you drive to Hangman’s Hill and park in neutral, your car will slowly be pulled uphill.
A number of accounts have reported muffled sounds of drums and marching emanating from the forest, and some people believe that this is caused by the spirits of dead soldiers. Several reports have been made over the years of spirits apparently taking material form.
In the 1960s, there were sightings of ghostly figures emerging from a pond near Lindsey Street in Epping. The figures were said to emerge from the pond on horseback before riding towards town and disappearing. Another pond at an unknown location deep in the woods is said to draw people to commit suicide in its murky waters, after two young lovers died in a tragic murder-suicide at the pond many centuries ago.
Even if you don’t believe in the myths, just the appearance of the woods is likely to send a chill up your spine. The pollarded trees haven’t been cut since the late 1800s giving them an overgrown and bulbous look that you won’t find anywhere else. Restless spirits have also been blamed for Epping Forest’s most well-known and bizarre supernatural phenomenon that persists to this day.
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