Weird Norfolk: The witch of East Somerton revisited

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's curator, Siofra Connor and EDP photographer Antony Kelly went out to the ruins of St Mary's church at East Somerton to see if they could capture some of the atmosphere of this magical place.

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Hidden amongst a thickest of trees are the ruins of St Mary's church. Built in the 15th century only the tower and walls of the nave remain. Local folklore tells of a witch who was buried alive in the nave of the church by the villagers of East Somerton. Her wooden leg grew into a massive oak tree which destroyed the church. The oak tree still stands proud in the centre of the ruined church. Supposedly walking around the oak tree three times will release her spirit.

The area is frequently visited by paranormal investigators and they say they rarely leave disappointed.

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church for Weird Norfolk. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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