Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday Weird: The Green Children of Woolpit

The Green Children of Woolpit were two children who appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, UK, in the 12th century. The brother and sister had green colored skin, even though they appeared normal in all other ways. They spoke an unrecognized language and refused to eat anything other than pitch from bean pods.
Eventually, their skin lost its green color. After they learned English, they explained that they were from the “Land of St Martin,” which was a dark place because the sun never rose far above the horizon. They claimed that they were tending their father’s herd and followed a river of light when they heard the sounds of bells. Then they arrived in Woolpit

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The Green Children of Woolpit were two children who appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, UK, in the 12th century. The brother and sister had green colored skin, even though they appeared normal in all other ways. They spoke an unrecognized language and refused to eat anything other than pitch from bean pods.
Eventually, their skin lost its green color. After they learned English, they explained that they were from the “Land of St Martin,” which was a dark place because the sun never rose far above the horizon. They claimed that they were tending their father’s herd and followed a river of light when they heard the sounds of bells. Then they arrived in Woolpit

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In the 12th century in Suffolk, England, two children appeared in the village of Woolpit beside one of the wolf pits the village was named after.

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?
The Green Children of Woolpit were two children who appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, UK, in the 12th century. The brother and sister had green colored skin, even though they appeared normal in all other ways. They spoke an unrecognized language and refused to eat anything other than pitch from bean pods.
Eventually, their skin lost its green color. After they learned English, they explained that they were from the “Land of St Martin,” which was a dark place because the sun never rose far above the horizon. They claimed that they were tending their father’s herd and followed a river of light when they heard the sounds of bells. Then they arrived in Woolpit

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10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The color probably came from their diet. How they suddenly wound up at the wolf pit is a head scratcher though.

Matthew MacNish said...

Probably Jojen and Meera Reed.

Aurora Smith said...

Hummmm. Interesting.

Rena said...

That's strange. And because it's strange, I'm going to go yarn spinning.

It wasn't the food that made them green, it was dye. The boy was always sickly, and the girl hatched a plan to save his life. If the people of the town thought they were a miracle of some sort, then they might get him the medicine they needed. They'd been destitute long enough to know that their lives depended on them being absolutely "in character" for the whole time.

How they got there was made up.

(or you know, alien teleporter accident in space akin to that Pixar short...)

mshatch said...

I've heard of these two children. Very strange.

Hart Johnson said...

Matt wins--they are frogmen of the swamps. Sounds like that pit is some sort of portal.

Arlee Bird said...

I have no idea, but that is an odd tale.

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Medeia Sharif said...

Very strange. Could be related to fairies or aliens.

John Smith said...

Watch this video, share it with as many people as you can. this changed how I perceived gender issues.
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Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I have a friend that ate so many vegetables he turned yellow. I imagine something like this could happen to another person if they weren't mindful of their diet. It's unfortunate the boy died. How sad.

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