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The Green Skinned Children Who Appeared In An English Village

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Woolpit, Suffolk, England

While reaping the harvest in the village of Woolpit, England a strange discovery was made. Within a hole in the ground, used to trap wolves, were two children and both – a boy and a girl – were green in colour and spoke an unknown language.

The strange story from the 12th century remains a mystery today.

The children were taken to the home of Richard de Calne, a Knight living at Wikes, where at first they refused all food until they discovered bean stalks, which they were happy to devour. The restricted diet obviously wasn’t too healthy and the boy became sickly and soon died.

The girl, however, gradually adjusted to her new life and extended the range of foods she would eat. She lived a reasonably normal life, learned to speak English, but was described as being rather loose and wanton in her conduct.

Gradually the girl was persuaded to tell her story of how she came to be found in Woolpit.

Ralph of Coggeshall, an English chronicler, recorded her explanation:

“Being frequently asked about the people of her country, she asserted that the inhabitants, and all they had in that country, were of a green colour; and that they saw no sun, but enjoyed a degree of light like what is after sunset.

Being asked how she came into this country with the aforesaid boy, she replied, that as they were following their flocks, they came to a cavern, on entering which they heard a delightful sound of bells; ravished by whose sweetness, they went for a long time wandering on through the cavern, until they came to its mouth. When they came out of it, they were struck senseless by the excessive light of the sun, and the unusual temperature of the air; and they thus lay for a long time. Being terrified by the noise of those who came on them, they wished to fly, but they could not find the entrance of the cavern before they were caught.”

Many explanations have been given but a hidden world within the earth is the most common. Somehow the children had perhaps stepped through a door from a parallel dimension. The Scottish astronomer, Duncan Lunan, has suggested something completely different and puts forward the theory that the children were transported to Earth from another planet in error by a malfunctioning matter transmitter.

Today’s Woolpit Village website keeps their version of the story very simple:

“One prominent feature of the village sign is two small children. They depict a story that goes back to the 12th century and tells the legend of The Green Children of Woolpit.

This curious tale is recorded as taking place at about the same time as Sampson’s journey to Rome.

Very briefly, reapers were astonished at the discovery of a boy and a girl in a hole in the ground. The children were green, and spoke no recognisable language. The boy, who was sickly, soon died, but the girl grew up in Woolpit, and is said to have married a man from King’s Lynn. This story has been re-enacted on many occasions and has appeared on children’s television.”

Wikipedia gives a rather more mundane explanation:

“Many Flemish immigrants arrived in eastern England during the 12th century, and they were persecuted after Henry II became King in 1154; a large number of them were killed near Bury St Edmunds in 1173 at the Battle of Fornham fought between Henry II and Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester.

Paul Harris has suggested that the green children’s Flemish parents perished during a period of civil strife and that the children may have come from the village of Fornham St Martin, slightly to the north of Bury St Edmunds, where a settlement of Flemish fullers existed at that time. They may have fled and ultimately wandered to Woolpit.

Disoriented, bewildered, and dressed in unfamiliar Flemish clothes, the children would have presented a very strange spectacle to the Woolpit villagers. The children’s colour could be explained by green sickness, the result of a dietary deficiency.”

But there is another tale of green children being found, this time in Spain.

“… from Banjos, Spain in August of 1887. A boy and a girl of greenish color were found abandoned near a cave. They did not speak Spanish and wore unfamiliar clothing.

Their eyes were described as Oriental in appearance … both children refused to eat at first. The boy grew weak and died, but the girl survived, learned Spanish, and explained that she and her companion came from a sunless land …  the girl is reported to have claimed they had been caught up in a whirlwind and found themselves in the cave. The girl died in 1892.” Source

From where the children from Woolpit and Banjos originated is anyone’s guess: an underground world, from another planet or dimension? Or maybe there is a more simple, Earthly explanation.

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    • House of John

      This guy is going to learn the hard way that his technique of deception
      is not going to play long here on BIN.
      You either put the date this story was originally published in the title/header or
      you can get banned!

      • WarAngel77711

        No this is documented historically. One of the World’s “Mysteries”, although, I suspect someone out there knows the truth…

      • Dustdevil

        Idle threat, at best. Otherwise, you’d have already banned “Live Free or Die”, “Chase for Asylum”, and a hundred other regulars on BIN. At least the green-kids story is a very old ‘enduring myth’ akin to sasquatch and leprechauns, that can actually be referenced without anything but a quick story summary.

        FYI, it has happened ‘according to legend’ in a dozen European nations, at various times (note that the Spain version dates it to the 1800′s, while the English version dates it to the 1200′s). It probably has its roots in some truth, but chances of finding out the truth are like trying to get a laboratory nowdays to actually commit to an unknown hair being from a bigfoot.

    • calmdowndear

      If the parents of the children were Flemish fullers or in a similar profession attached to the woolen cloth industry, they may simply have been dyed green from dyeing woolen cloth. Later when the girl could speak English she may just have thought it was best to keep up to the prevailing thought that they had arrived from some strange place in order to ensure her continued acceptance into that community.
      Strange Spanish parrarel story though I must admit. :mrgreen:

    • dimitri

      What? No video?

    • freedomringsforall

      what ever happened to leprechauns?

    • greenghost

      I always thought they were of the fairy race.

    • eatmorevegetables

      they are obviously nephilim…

    • MileHiLife

      Hmmm….may explain the green teeth issues of the UK :mrgreen:

      • Alan

        Copper pipes might explain it too, along with chlorine penetration corrosion, and, the fact that a lot of the Ukidliuns don’t wash their teeth, un secretly {away from authoritah} smoke weed, and suck alot of pussy, ass, un cock… :grin:

    • Alan

      Chemical imbalance, :razz:

    • StavoV

      WOW!!!! What a story. I sort of embellished a bit for the grand babies. Giving those little green kids, fangs and blood red eyes and that they would for no real reason, howl at the moon. :grin:

    • John

      Quote”“One prominent feature of the village sign is two small children. They depict a story that goes back to the 12th century and tells the legend of The Green Children of Woolpit.

      This curious tale is recorded as taking place at about the same time as Sampson’s journey to Rome. “Unquote

      Samson was living thousands of years before the twelfth century so I cant see how this is possible…a bs statement spawned from ignorance….the roman empire was well over by the 12th century lol…..

      • calmdowndear

        Er, you may need to familiarise yourself with a subject called history….

        In 1016 Ulfketel, Earl of East Anglia, granted the church and manor of Wlfpeta to the Abbey of St Edmunds. The monks received ten marks yearly from this grant, but the King appropriated the revenues for the benefit of one of his officials. A monk named Sampson determined to put matters right and in 1159 travelled to Rome to obtain a charter from Pope Alexander III. Despite being captured and robbed by his enemies in the course of his journey, Sampson managed to preserve the Popes precious letter directing the reversion of the village of Woolpit and its church to the monks, and returned to England after three years. The monks were once again able to enjoy the income, and Sampson was later appointed Abbot.

        You surely don’t believe there was only ever one person in the world called Samson do you?

        Sam(p)son is an English variant of the Anglo Saxon name Simpson in turn derived from Simeon or Shimeon, a Hebrew name meaning, obedience.

    • Sean

      There is something called The London Triangle, like the Bermuda Triangle spoken about by Charles Fort in “the book of the damned”

      China had a few Blue people, who got stuck they said when their UFO crashed, they made those stones that look like some kind of computer code, there is some Photos of them you can find Online

      Their is also the Blue family from Kentucky and somewhere in scandinavia think it is, there is suppose to be a Cloaked Island with tall Blue ? that can be seen at certain times when there is fog

      There is also a Map called “Mappa Mundi” think it was drawn in 1300 where it shows all kinds of strange ? Humans and ? animals in different areas of the world and also draws the Earth as Flat along the edges water or stargates or Portals, since it has been documented that sailors sailing to the edge have ended up somewhere else on earth altogether

    • underdog

      i heard of people eating carrots and thay had orange skin . thay had a story on that show 1000 way to die .

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