They were brother and sister, and though they looked pretty normal, they had green skin, wore strange clothing, and spoke an unknown foreign language.
The people of the village tried to take care of them, but the children refused all food for the first few days until they were finally offered bean pods.
After some time, they learned to eat other foods and when they did, they lost the green color to their skin. The boy was sickly, though, and died shortly after he and his sister were baptized.
After she learned English, the girl, dubbed Agnes, explained that they had come from "St. Martins Land" which was a dark place because the sun never rose far above the horizon and where everything was green. She said that they had ben tending their father's herd when they heard a loud noise, possibly the bells of Bury St Edmunds, and suddenly found themselves standing by the wolf pit.
|Sign for Woolpit, created in 1977|
The girl would eventually be employed as a servant in Richard de Calne's household where it was reported that she was "vey wanton and impudent". She eventually married and moved away from Woolpit.
So there you go. Kind of a weird little story. Thoughts or theories?