The New Forest was formed around 1079
by William the Conqueror specifically as a hunting preserve for deer. Although
peasants who lived in the forest were granted permission to let their own
livestock graze in the forest, they were not permitted to interfere with the
The rapid increase of prices during the early 19th Century
led to smuggling and highway robberies. Smugglers used routes in the forest to
smuggle their goods from the inlets and creeks of the coast. General routes for
smuggling contraband from Lymington were via New Milton and the BeaulieuRiver.
The Naked Man was an oak tree within the New
Forest where smugglers and highwaymen (who were unlucky to be
captured) were left to die inside a gibbet. The Naked Man still exists as a
remnant of the oak tree. Many years ago the tree was struck by lightning and
there is a huge split in the relic of the trunk. The tree is surrounded by a
fence to preserve what remains of this historic oak tree.
The Naked Man was a site recommended to Shelly. We were
pleased to investigate as the Naked Man is also a place of pagan interest.
Witches are known to meet at the Naked Man and it is said that famous witches
Doreen Valiente and Stuart Farrar had their ashes scattered at the Naked Man
On Sunday 7th
October 2007 the 'Twilight Shadows Paranormal' team conducted an
investigation at the Naked Man in the New Forest.
We were all excited at the prospect of investigating this
interesting site. While we were walking towards it the forest noises sounded
especially eerie. Apart from the screeching and hooting of owls, a fox was
screaming nearby. Although we knew it was a fox, the sound was blood-curdling.
Several times during our walk towards our destination Shelly and I thought we
heard footsteps following behind. We kept turning around to look but could see
We arrived at the site.
We all assembled around the Naked Man discussing the
energies and feeling horror that we were standing at the site where the gibbet
hung encompassing prisoners within its iron cage.
Loretta saw a black figure nearby which was definitely not
of human origin. We decided to try and attempt a vigil with Matt filming. We
waited quietly. Matt heard voices to his right but he could not determine the
content of the conversation. For a while the temperature seemed to plummet and
everyone felt very cold.
I heard a male voice clearly say "Look at him creeping
about, he is a coward. He won't come near"! We waited for a while longer
and suddenly I was gripped by the most terrible pain. I had my back to the tree
and it felt as if two hands were gripping me from behind and under each arm. It
got tighter and tighter until I told the entity responsible to "back
off" which it immediately did. (I was sure that I would be left with
bruises but there were no marks when I checked. However if I press under my
left arm, it feels sore as if the soft tissue has been gripped). We all felt as
if the coldness had dissipated and we were warm again.
We stayed there chatting about the terrible atrocities that
had happened there. Although we had previously perceived that the atmosphere
would be cheerless and depressing, it wasn't. In fact, the ambience was
positive and pleasant. Nothing else of a paranormal nature occurred.
Eventually we decided to finish the investigation and return
home. We all enjoyed our visit to the Naked Man.