Have you heard about the witch of East Somerton?

St Mary's church East Somerton, where a large oak tree grows. Photo by Brian Wells.

St Mary's church East Somerton, where a large oak tree grows. Photo by Brian Wells.

Norfolk is filled with Medieval buildings, but the ruins of St Mary's Church at East Somerton are linked to a story like no other.

Set within the grounds of Burnley Hall, St Mary's, a perpendicular church, was built in the 15th century.

Originally a parish church, but later used as a chapel for the residents of Burnley Hall, the building fell into disuse during the 17th century.

It is often said that centuries ago, a witch with a wooden leg was buried alive in St Mary's and from her leg, a large oak tree grew and destroyed the church.

Today the tree can be found growing in the middle of the original nave.


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Some believe that if you walk around the tree three times, the vengeful spirit of the witch will be released.

Would you be brave enough to try it? Let us know in the comments below.

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