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Watch Folly, Ipsden

Watch Folly, Ipsden

Photo: Andrew Smith, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Ghost of a Hanged Shepherd Boy

The low rise topped with trees known as Watch Folly sits just off the A4074 in between Ipsden and Little Stoke, not far from the banks of the River Thames.

The hill is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a shepherd boy who was dutifully tending to his flock when he encountered a gang of men who attempted to steal his sheep.

Rather than risk capture and prosecution, these men seized the poor lad and hanged him from an oak tree that stood on the top of the hill. The ghost of the shepherd boy has haunted the hill ever since.

Find out more

  1. 'Oxfordshire Ghost Stories' by Richard Holland (Bradwell Books, 2013, ISBN: 9781902674735)
  2. 'Haunted Britain' by Anthony D.Hippisley Coxe (Pan Books, 1973, ISBN: 0330243284)

Watch Folly, near Ipsden

Region: South Oxfordshire

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