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Chained Oak Postings

An archive of your past comments on The Chained Oak Legend messageboard (To see the story, and join the current messageboard, click on the link on the right).

sarah.
i went there in the middle of the night, its an old tree wrapped in chains,. scary.

cactustoad
Having worked at Alton Towers for a number of years, there were always stories flying around about the 'woman in black' haunting the ruins. It was my job to open and close the ruins and there certainly was some sort of presence. It would throw things around and make noises although I never saw 'it'. It happened mainly when the ruins were being opened first thing before the public were allowed in.
Work colleagues have had similar experiences - one said he did see her and never went into the ruins again. The blackhole is reportedly haunted by a ghost we affectionately called 'Herman the German'. Herman would make the ride shut down inexplicably - nothing to do with the staff of course!
The chained oak in Dimmingsdale wood has a strange feeling surrounding it and a frind of a friend said she had a ghoslty experience on the old coach path. You tell me?

Stokywolf
If you look around on google you will find very interesting stories on alton Towers Ghosts. 24 in all and also u should find a story about the man with a black dog. I live in Meir Park and Loads of people in and around my street Have sighted a man in Uniform. Many people believe this is the spirit of a pilot who crashed on the old Airport that is to be underneath the houses. My grandma told me how she saw the plane come down and crash. The main runway is still there but its just a big Grass strip now behind the factory's next to Tescos.

sam
to dave i have seen the old lady in white when i seen her she was crying she said she wanted to see her dad i felt sorry for her because she said she died because there was too much pain in the world

sam
theres a weird story about three soldiers that walk along a bridge and if you look at the third one you die on the way home

Luke
iv been ther and it scared me. theres a really creepy kinda glow in the area. i saw it n i got like a shiver all up my back. although the hole thing is beautiful, the way the tree has grown over the chains in places is something iv never seen before. i recommend anyone going ther, it has my seal of aproval :P

hannah lea
i have looked up a lot about the oak tree since i went on hex i think tis story is true in some way my cousin does not like the hex she said she was not afraid of spooky stories but i think she is

deezil
i think chained oak is a grate place

chris
i am from caverswall and i am lookin for places to go and look for ghosts. any one know of any where or any good web sites

Dan Lewis
I think ghosts are good and are good at night when it is dark and ghosts can't be seen in the day cos they like the dark do ghosts.

Dave (Leek)
Can anyone supply me with any haunted locations in Leek? Or anywhere to be honest! Just starting out as a ghost hunter?? Thanks

piers james
hello sammuel i have just descoverd this article well done its very good i belive in the story of the chained oak it felt the same at stowley house

Joe Trigg
The tree is huge. I have actually visited it and it is very scary as it has a chain round it like in Hex.

heather stoke-on-trent
i do believe in ghost, ive seen one in my bedroom once when i was younger. ever since then i began to go to spiritualist church which many of times i have got messages of members of my family that have passed away. me and my friends have also visited cotton college in alton towers that is "haunted" still trying to find out tho.

Bob
I always think that superstition BRINGS bad luck!

ali
i was driving home one night ,it was pouring down with rain. My mobile phone started to ring i took my eyes off the road for a second, and when i looked at the road again there was awoman dreesed in white standing in the middle of the road then she dissapeared. The spooky thing is that the woman looked like my nan who has been dead for almost 24 yrs ! ! ! !

Lucy
the chains are actually there because they were used to pull heavy loads up the bank. it was called a spur oak.

Chris Elms
I read that the beggar man was in fact an entertainer at one of the Earls banquets. His guests however ridiculed him. The furious man then cast his curse on the tree that was then outside his hall. I have been to see this tree and there is nothing around the area that resembles a banqueting hall. Perhaps there was a building where the farm is now.

mark
this is the first i have heard of the chained oak.we have spent alot of time in the woods surrounding alton climbing on the unique rock.slain hollow the battle field down by the river is really nice.as too is ina's rock where ina spent the night before his battle.off to see the tree now.

rock
ive bin up to the tree at 2am with mates snd it is spooky it scared me relly spooky place

Laura
I certainly believe in the legand of the chained oak tree. I haven't actually seen the tree but hopefully i will go on halloween when i go to alton towers. I also believe there are many presences and maybe witch craft was practiced in alton for some reason around the towers, i always seem to get that feeling of others. Look at the country side when approaching alton towers, i have always found that interesting as a child.

sally
I,along with some friends took a lovely walk around alton last sunday it was a beautiful day so warm. After a snack at the ramblers retreat i took the 5 min walk to the"chained oak" i was spooked it was cold all around the tree i was fascinated but was glad to leave i do believe the legend.i say go and see for yourself....

Andy
Went to Alton Towers & went on the Hex ride.We weren't sure how much of the story was made up for the benifit of the ride.Stopped in a local pub for a drink & found out that most of it ws true.So we went to see the chained oak that night.10 o'clock at night under a full moon ,definately an eerie place at night !! .We then went back in daylight to get a good look at it,not so scary that time but it definately has 'something' about it !

Jeremy
So when you say go past the entrance to AT which direction are you talking about going? is the tree down towards the chained oak hotel? or is it the other direction?

bob had
the tree was chained up by some kids for a joke i saw them years ago

Peter ( again)
Just to say that when I was at Alton in the 60s , the oak was referred to as The Druid's Oak.

sarah
Go past the entrance of alton towers. Down the contry lane there is a house on the right with a wood next to it the tree is down the path through the woods, it is sign posted now but never used to be. i found it before the hex was built... very spooky late at night!!

Mark
Anyone know the exact location of the Chained Tree?

Peter
I went to Alton Castle school which had a ghost called the Grey Lady. She was regularly seen by the pupils. We went to the Chained Oak at least once a term. It was a good walk. The tree was a friendly old tree and the boys loved it. It had a presence about it. We also used to go to the Rock , Cromwell's Rock where Cromwell knocked down the old Norman castle. The Norman castle was built ontop a Saxon Castle. The Convent was VERY haunted. There are catacombs under it that the bones of old nuns were laid in after death. The Roman Road and the Battlefield on the outskirts of Alton was another good place to visit.

rebecca
it felt like you were upside down

darren whelan
ive gone to see the tree,but i dont belive it is haunted at all,ive even touched the tree and the chaines and filmed it too,

giselle
yes cotton college near Cheadle is haunted by father fabian - or some name like that. ive visited it and theres a presence there. theres a book about in hanley library of the history. it was once used by monks.
my son damien has seen ghosts & my home was haunted, but now the spirits have gone
l am a pagan myself. infact i am a witch - but im not a satanist or anything like that. just a pagan, as are my five children. we honour our mother earth and adore nature and animals. i have two beautifull guinea pigs and i live upon a canal barge, where i see nature and wild life .good ghost hunting to you all blessings

alan
I live in Alton and know all about the legend of the chained oak. I can tell you that I won`t go anywhere near it and so of many Alton folk as well. Had one to many experiences there

Amy Berrisford
I dont believe the area of the tree to be haunted but the castle in the grounds of alton towers i think is...
As for the tree i believe that the legend is true and what happen then really did happen its really fasanting for our local history. it just shows you dont have to look far from home to be spooked :D

Nathan Reed, James Musgrove & Mel Newsome- Newcast
Hey all...
From the 16th to 19th August 2005, we visited alton towers staying at THE CHAINED OAK FARM - which is the most friendly place we have ever been! On numerous occasions we passed the OAK TREE not knowing anything about it... UNTIL the day we visited HEX at Alton Towers.. 2 GREAT nights of sleep led to a night of pure PARANOID THOUGHTS, as we could look down the hill from our window and see the tree. it was so scary and we knew we were being watched, as we could feel a strong physical presence amongst our room in the B & B! The ride wouldnt have been scary had we not been staying in the centre focus! The Legend must be true!!!!! The feeling is soooo unreal!

piers james
hello sammuel i have just descoverd this article well done its very good i belive in the story of the chained oak it felt the same at stowley house

hazel frm painsly
i dont belive it !!!!!!!! biig woo it's not haunted i've slept in the castle ive seen the oak iv'e been on hex,but the most haunted thing ive seen was the teacher!

Cathy
I think it is real cuz when i went it felt strange like when you first wake up and feel thick headed. Nice article sammy c u in september

Andy and Rach
We visited the chained oak today. Rachel didn't realise that the tree was real. After quite a walk we found the tree... it is massive and very creepy. The stone steps are ancient and worn by the elements but the tree itself shows how long the chains have been there. The tree has actually grown around the chains and all the major branches are secure. We touched the tree and climbed round to touch the chains... it is really creepy. It was a really bright, sunny day and there were loads of people around the woods... but it was dark and deathly quiet around the tree. Would have been even scarier at night but even during the daytime it made you feel strange. There is no way these chains would have been put here as a joke, they have been too acurately placed and secured with bolts etc. Would have taken a lot of time!!

Laura
Ok so i went 2 visit Alton Towers yesterday nd was freaked out wen after goin on Hex my dad sed we should explore the towers.Wen they all went off in one direction i stayed in the music room/small library and was freake dwen i heard really heavy hurried footsteps coming near me.After i'd ran away i saw a shadow in the banqueting hall and i swear that it was a man who i had seen on a painting only 2 long ago .The earl or shrewsbury.

rachel
I visited the chained oak today and i had this weird feeling. i climbed the steps and touched the root and touched the chains. Me and my friend where walking down the path trying to scare each other when someone who works at alton towers came round the corner and he scared us both! lol. The chains look really rusty and the tree has grown round them. There are chains at the very top of the tree and there's something spooky about it.

gareth howes
I visted alton towers twice and was pretty mistified by the story on the ride Hex. When we saw the tree ive got to say it would seem strange that, that much effort would have bee put in for nothing

Jonathan Spindler
The Hex is a thrilling ride full of mystery. The bits I like about the ride is the start but mostly the finish after the climax when you see that creepy face looking down at us and the log sparkles, the music has this small bit at the end when the room returns to normal that I like because it gives me that feeling that everything is returning to normal and back to reality. I believe the legend is true. I haven't actually been to the old oak tree myself but I believe it actually took place. I heard that the chains weren't planted there for publicity, they have been there for years and most of the chains are embedded in the tree. Has anyone found the scar where the branch fell from? It wasn't hacked down by an axe or cut down by a chainsaw, it was really struck by lightning. How will anyone who don't believe in myths, legends and curses explain that? This is some creepy stuff.

SIOBHAN
I have seen the chained tree and it lookes pretty real but i am not sure about that curse thing.

Joe Trigg
The tree is huge. I have actually visited it and it is very scary as it has a chain round it like in Hex.

charlotte
We visited the chained oak today and climbed the steps up to it! We all came back down the steps apart from my 7 year old daughter who flew down the bank and skidded into us with great force (as if she was pushed) she landed on her bottom! Later on, we discovered a large scratch under her arm almost as if somebody had grabbed her and caught her with their nails!

Sam Hale (writer)
Hi, square head, yes I know about the towers times article. But that is the one about the 'changed' version of hex. it was a man

melly
wel wot can i say the chained oak appened wen i got piles there were 8 of us on a walk den we saw the witch she engraved r names near da oak if u dnt believe look 4 urself!!

laura
we went to see the chained oak today....its weird because u suddenly get a strange feeling whilst standing next to it.the actual chains r so old their embeded into the tree. iv been wanting to know more but am having no luck :-(

square head
if you don't believe me then check out www.towerstimes.co.uk or search for the chained oak at alton towers.

square head
the old beggar was actually a woman not a man!!!

Greg
lets just say that the chained oak might have been chained for a reason that has got nothing to do with ghosts

william Berisford
I agree with Freddy because it did the same to me when I went there. I think we both had the same expirence and that you should advertise for it so more people will see what we have

ash
Chained Oak...i think that the branch in hex is fake an it shouldnt b there, cuz u r trickin people an lil kids

* P + T *
We went on the Chained Oak ride at alton towers and wanted to no whether the legend was fact or fiction. so was this really a legend before alton towers made the ride?

Sarah Fox
I feel sorry for Tom who's teeth and hair fell out!

Greg
i dont know if the storys true but i dont believe in ghosts and the chained oak is chained for a purpose but if its to do with that particular story we will never know

sarah.
try the legend of the old oak tree by alton towers. i went there in the middle of the night, its an old tree wrapped in chains,. scary.

Stokywolf
If you look around on google you will find very interesting stories on alton Towers Ghosts. 24 in all and also u should find a story about the man with a black dog. I live in Meir Park and Loads of people in and around my street Have sighted a man in Uniform. Many people believe this is the spirit of a pilot who crashed on the old Airport that is to be underneath the houses. My grandma told me how she saw the plane come down and crash. The main runway is still there but its just a big Grass strip now behind the factory's next to Tescos.

alan
I live in Alton and know all about the legend of the chained oak. I can tell you that I won`t go anywhere near it and so of many Alton folk as well. Had one to many experiences there

Amy Berrisford
I dont believe the area of the tree to be haunted but the castle in the grounds of alton towers i think is...
As for the tree i believe that the legend is true and what happen then really did happen its really fasanting for our local history. it just shows you dont have to look far from home to be spooked :D

Nathan Reed, James Musgrove & Mel Newsome- Newcast
Hey all...
From the 16th to 19th August 2005, we visited alton towers staying at THE CHAINED OAK FARM - which is the most friendly place we have ever been! On numerous occasions we passed the OAK TREE not knowing anything about it... UNTIL the day we visited HEX at Alton Towers.. 2 GREAT nights of sleep led to a night of pure PARANOID THOUGHTS, as we could look down the hill from our window and see the tree. it was so scary and we knew we were being watched, as we could feel a strong physical presence amongst our room in the B & B! The ride wouldnt have been scary had we not been staying in the centre focus! The Legend must be true!!!!! The feeling is soooo unreal!

piers james
hello sammuel i have just descoverd this article well done its very good i belive in the story of the chained oak it felt the same at stowley house

hazel frm painsly
i dont belive it !!!!!!!! biig woo it's not haunted i've slept in the castle ive seen the oak iv'e been on hex,but the most haunted thing ive seen was the teacher!

Cathy
I think it is real cuz when i went it felt strange like when you first wake up and feel thick headed. Nice article sammy c u in september

Andy and Rach
We visited the chained oak today. Rachel didn't realise that the tree was real. After quite a walk we found the tree... it is massive and very creepy. The stone steps are ancient and worn by the elements but the tree itself shows how long the chains have been there. The tree has actually grown around the chains and all the major branches are secure. We touched the tree and climbed round to touch the chains... it is really creepy. It was a really bright, sunny day and there were loads of people around the woods... but it was dark and deathly quiet around the tree. Would have been even scarier at night but even during the daytime it made you feel strange. There is no way these chains would have been put here as a joke, they have been too acurately placed and secured with bolts etc. Would have taken a lot of time!!

Laura
Ok so i went 2 visit Alton Towers yesterday nd was freaked out wen after goin on Hex my dad sed we should explore the towers.Wen they all went off in one direction i stayed in the music room/small library and was freake dwen i heard really heavy hurried footsteps coming near me.After i'd ran away i saw a shadow in the banqueting hall and i swear that it was a man who i had seen on a painting only 2 long ago .The earl or shrewsbury.

rachel
I visited the chained oak today and i had this weird feeling. i climbed the steps and touched the root and touched the chains. Me and my friend where walking down the path trying to scare each other when someone who works at alton towers came round the corner and he scared us both! lol. The chains look really rusty and the tree has grown round them. There are chains at the very top of the tree and there's something spooky about it.

gareth howes
I visted alton towers twice and was pretty mistified by the story on the ride Hex. When we saw the tree ive got to say it would seem strange that, that much effort would have bee put in for nothing

Jonathan Spindler
The Hex is a thrilling ride full of mystery. The bits I like about the ride is the start but mostly the finish after the climax when you see that creepy face looking down at us and the log sparkles, the music has this small bit at the end when the room returns to normal that I like because it gives me that feeling that everything is returning to normal and back to reality. I believe the legend is true. I haven't actually been to the old oak tree myself but I believe it actually took place. I heard that the chains weren't planted there for publicity, they have been there for years and most of the chains are embedded in the tree. Has anyone found the scar where the branch fell from? It wasn't hacked down by an axe or cut down by a chainsaw, it was really struck by lightning. How will anyone who don't believe in myths, legends and curses explain that? This is some creepy stuff.

SIOBHAN
I have seen the chained tree and it lookes pretty real but i am not sure about that curse thing.

Joe Trigg
The tree is huge. I have actually visited it and it is very scary as it has a chain round it like in Hex.

mark
this is the first i have heard of the chained oak.we have spent alot of time in the woods surrounding alton climbing on the unique rock. slain hollow the battle field down by the river is really nice.as too is ina's rock where ina spent the night before his battle.off to see the tree now.

Laura
I certainly believe in the legand of the chained oak tree. I haven't actually seen the tree but hopefully i will go on halloween when i go to alton towers. I also believe there are many presences and maybe witch craft was practiced in alton for some reason around the towers, i always seem to get that feeling of others. Look at the country side when approaching alton towers, i have always found that interesting as a child.

sally
I,along with some friends took a lovely walk around alton last sunday it was a beautiful day so warm. After a snack at the ramblers retreat i took the 5 min walk to the"chained oak" i was spooked it was cold all around the tree i was fascinated but was glad to leave i do believe the legend.i say go and see for yourself....

Andy
Went to Alton Towers & went on the Hex ride.We weren't sure how much of the story was made up for the benifit of the ride.Stopped in a local pub for a drink & found out that most of it ws true.So we went to see the chained oak that night.10 o'clock at night under a full moon ,definately an eerie place at night !! .We then went back in daylight to get a good look at it,not so scary that time but it definately has 'something' about it !

bob had
the tree was chained up by some kids for a joke i saw them years ago

Peter ( again)
Just to say that when I was at Alton in the 60s , the oak was referred to as The Druid's Oak.

sarah
Go past the entrance of alton towers. Down the contry lane there is a house on the right with a wood next to it the tree is down the path through the woods, it is sign posted now but never used to be. i found it before the hex was built... very spooky late at night!!

Mark
Anyone know the exact location of the Chained Tree?

Peter
I went to Alton Castle school which had a ghost called the Grey Lady. She was regularly seen by the pupils. We went to the Chained Oak at least once a term. It was a good walk. The tree was a friendly old tree and the boys loved it. It had a presence about it. We also used to go to the Rock , Cromwell's Rock where Cromwell knocked down the old Norman castle. The Norman castle was built ontop a Saxon Castle. The Convent was VERY haunted. There are catacombs under it that the bones of old nuns were laid in after death. The Roman Road and the Battlefield on the outskirts of Alton was another good place to visit.

rebecca
it felt like you were upside down

darren whelan
ive gone to see the tree,but i dont belive it is haunted at all, ive even touched the tree and the chaines and filmed it too,

Sam Hale
If you've seen it recently, virtually half of the tree's fallen down, an awful big piece of trunk. To get to it, drive around the towers until you see enterprise spinning through the trees. On the right is a short parking strip, and on the right is a pink house and a sign for the chained oak b+b. It's there, down the path.

jay
just got back from AT and the ride hex got me thinking. so looked into it and am glad to hear it is based on a real tree if not a real hex. I don't normally believe in anything like that but the chances are in that tree for some reason and if not to keep the branches on then to scare something away. glad to hear that they are bringing the local history into the park as it makes it feel more interesting just a shame the rest of the towers are in such bad shape.

joley,Wigan 14 <3
Iv just come back from Alton towers about 4 hours ago we went on the hex ride and was trying to listen to the story but some lads was muckin about but never go to see the tree :( but I really think its true because anything is possible really I don't think people would just lie about it but I really want to go and see it and all my mates believe the curse it real to.

Tyler S
Hi the closest B&B to Alton Towers is Chained Oak Farm. Its really clean and the people are really nice! Alton towers is great too!Iv just got back from the B&B and Alton Towers and iv seen the tree, it does have chains on it and they are wearing thing, the look like they have been there for 100s of years. The chains are waaay high up in the tree so they must have had trouble of getting them there.. im gonna do some research and see

Tom
I believe that the chained oak is nothing but a load of superstitious nonsense and the hex version of the story is the biggest load of rubbish I have ever heard. however the point still stands. those chains are to thick and heavy to have been put there as a prank and if this was done long ago why was it never taken down?

Scott r
we went to AT yesterday and again as everyone know the tower is haunted apparently there trying to get it back to how it was when the curse came about the only thing is 2 of the staff was guarding this one door and when asked by this young girl why they were there they replied with the old man that placed the curse is to be haunting this room and last year a woman and man went in this room and was rushed to hospital and no one knows why?

Rosie 16 Shrewsbury
it cant be real I went with college and got back a couple of hours ago its just superstition - they were superstitious in medieval to Victorian times so it could have any reason behind it

Katie tart
I have an uncle that works at Alton towers I have been there over 17 times I know that the story is true because I have been on hex millions of times the story is true because ive been to the real tree, it has old stairs running up to the tree.the tree is behind the ramblers retreat restaurant if you ask some body working there will direct you to the oak tree it takes about ten minutes to walk there by Katie age 10 years

Ellie Tart
Once I saw the oak Tree after I'd been to Alton Towers.The old oak tree's branch is on the ride "HEX"The tree is next to the pub The ramblers retreat!!!

K8
We went looking for the chained oak after visiting Hex at AT. We found it, and as my family went up the steps and looked around it, I stayed on the path taking photographs. The next thing I knew was a large stone came flying towards me - from the direction of the tree - and just missed my face. Everyone I was with swore that they'd not thrown it - as it could have done serious damage had it hit me!. Very creepy!

KT
me and my family were walking through the house and we lost my mum and when we found her she said she felt cold in the house and eerie as if someone had been watching her but no one was there. when we got home she went on the internet and found out that it is one of the most haunted houses in Britain

jak
I heard somewhere ( I cant remember where) that marshmellow and lead zeppelin Satanist goblins meet ther to perform rituals!

Trisha
I went A T on 25/05/08 with my kids. Took them on HEX not knowing what to expect. Been 6 times to AT but always walked past it, till someone told me there's a ride inside. I felt, dizzy & weird when it 1st started. Walked out not seeing the point of the ride. It wasn't until we was in the Splash Landings that I was talking to a local and I mentioned the ride and she said the tree exists. I was sooo excited that on the way home I went to find it. Take a left out of the Theme park & up the rd on the right hand side you will see a sign for 'the Chained Oak Tree B&B' Park in the lay-by on the left. Just behind the sign over the little pathway you will see a path going down to what looks like a forest. I was expecting it to be in the middle of some field. I had my 2 children both 9 & 10 with me and was quite scared. Down the creepy path about 2-3 mins walk you come to the tree on the right hand side, trust me you can't miss it. It's got steps going up to it. I was scared, but dint wanna freak out the kids, we stayed on the path, but as the kids sat on the steps to take a pic I heard a deep, male deep moan. Didn't bring any attention to it. It wasn't till I got home n looked at the photo's that on one of them there is a clear white spot on the tree's trunk. Not on any of the other pics. Is it an orb? I believe!!

Katie <3
I tink this is real

Rachael Louise
iv been to Alton towers a few times and I have to say I do believe in the story of the old oak tree but after watching most haunted it convinced me even more I went to see the tree by the chained oak hotel but it was raining quiet heavy I think there is something really weird about the towers in Alton towers as well you get a sense that something is watching you and I even heard foot steps and it was only me and my other on the top floor weird

meme
crazy stuff - I believe it's all a lie!! money making scam!

Drinky
I went to Alton towers a while ago with my friends and sister, I came out of hex and we decided to walk around the grounds we were climbing up the spiral stairs and could hear a woman's voice screaming, I shot off down the stairs but most of my friends proceeded they never saw anything up there but could still hear the voice. (it was one room and there was no one else up there)

Alex
has anyone got any information on the history of cotton college??

Julie
Sadly, I visited the infamous chained oak tree on 26 Apr 08 and it has been vandalised with graffiti (swastika images) :-( I have reported this to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

pippa
I think the ride hex starts well, telling a local legend. but I find it hugely disrespectful when the story starts on about him turning into a crazy scientist. it is a great legend, but if its true he was probably just a man, worried about his family and taking no chances.

David
I went to Alton towers 2008 and went into the hex and I think its true because I went to see this tree and there is chains on them

Tina
Just been to Alton Towers March 2008 and went on 'HEX' truly believe the tale I went to see the tree and the tree has chains around it but a lot of them have actually fallen off so who knows what that will bring!!!!!!!!!!!

j.b
I have been to see the tree very recently and there are two large branches that have fallen off and the chain is hanging down but it is a grate place to ride a horse to

Jamie
I actually stayed in the chained oak hotel and me and my cousin went to Alton towers and went on hex lots because we liked the look of the eerie castle the attraction was good but we think they have twisted it and don't believe that there was a chamber but when we where staying at the chained oak hotel we got to know the owner really well and we chatted about it and she shown us the actual tree the strange thing was its real the chains are real and every thing about it we were shocked and later on we were talking about it again and she said that before they owned the resort there was a couple and a branch broke so the couple hid it behind a bunch haha but I really do believe this as it looks Very real!p.s if you look on you tube there are many videos of people near it also some one has actually recorded one of the branches fallen down.

Tom
I heard that a bit of the tree has fallen off recently, and no one had died. So is this curse really real? Anyway, go and stay at Chained Oak B&B, it's a great place with great rooms

Chloe
you guys hex is haunted.. right, by a man who lives in the castle.. u no where u line up.. I was at the back with no one behind me. and stones were being thrown at me.. also I am a strong believer in ghosts and spirits... when I went on hex, I felt that we was;nt the only people there, maybe and old owner that had died was unhappy of what his home had become... Strong believer guys, and its weird to explain xox

Bruna
hi, me and my boyfriend we whare in Alton towers last summer and he told me look there are 2 kids on the roof of de castle, I look it but I didn't see nobody there. and I know there is no way to go up there because is ruins. Do you know something about it?

Liz
I live at Chained Oak B&B great place to stay. I love the woods at night, lots of wild animals and spirits

Margaret
my mums friend sister used to work at Alton towers n she took us to the tree. there is something quite strange about the tree. but myths and legends get distorted through time.anyone who wants to visit from what I can remember you turn left from out the main car park and go straight down and there's a path beside a lonesome house.

Alan
I think the old oak tree legend is real I would like to find more info and the whole story. I have been looking for it on websites and cant find it I was at Alton towers 5 days ago and I went on hex and it was brilliant the story had me going and still does so if u have anymore info? thanks

Tom
How old is this tree?

Sarah
This is legend is really amazing. There is definitely something strange going on there even if it isn't the glamorous story it has been made out to be. I went on Hex a few years ago and loved it, but didn't get a chance to look for the tree. I'd love to visit it to see what sort of feeling you get around it! ps: High five to those of you who are writing like normal people!

George
I think that the legend is true, but there's more to the story than just someone shouting a curse.And also, they said it was a man, but it was a woman cos I've been on Hex and it said so.

DJ Danny James
We did a disco for the staff at Alton Towers for the end of season party - we were told about the chained oak and went to see it - traipsed through the woods in the rain and saw it - took some photos and that - very nice. That night at the gig, a UV tube exploded, part of the lighting rid collapsed and a speaker on a stand fell onto the decks - I got my CDJ 1000's out which were new but neither would cue a tune and for 2 weeks after that I had problems with my car and at home - not sure if it's all coincidence or not - don't really believe in curses, but hey too much weird stuff in one go to be coincidental??

Rachel
"Clare", its the chained oak b&b, that is where the tree is located!

Jon Hughes
went on hex yesterday (aug 30/07) and had to visit the chained oak on the way home to Manchester ,what a cool looking tree and a top story to go with it

Jenna
I've done a sťance two nights in a row down there, and it is very freaky, made me open my eyes to the supernatural anyway!

Paige 13
well I went to Alton towers 2day and I was told the story in the hex.it went like there was the earl family and the man was goin home and an old lady beggar was wanting a coin and they drove on and she shouted a curse that for every branch that fell from the tree a member of the earl family was to have a mysterious deaf. its hard to think that is true but who knows

Sam Hale
I don't think actually anybody owns the tree, or the land it's on, I'm sure it's a public footpath....Sam

drinky
I will be going to the tree shortly as I want to find out more about the WHOLE story,I has had many weird experiences and this will be a fansatic contribution to my stories.SEAN who calames to OWN the land can you please post me a comment on MySpace at www.myspace.com/dangerdrinky or anyone who knows anything about the people that OWN THE LAND can you drop me a comment....

chtom
after Alton towers we went to the chained oak b and b to look for the chained oak, but nobody was there so we went to the pub by the ramberlers rest but still couldn't find the tree after searching for ages does anyone know were it is?

ploy Louis
I think it is true because I have seen footage of the discovery of the vault and the branch!

John
A friend of mine owns the land which the chained oak is on, (at the 'chained oak B&B'). I've been down there in the pitch black of night and never saw a thing out of the norm- we even cut off an unchained branch because it was hanging dangerously and as far as I know no member of the Shrewsbury family died that night!

Sean
The chained oak is on my grandfathers' land and many of my relatives have died in the last year since I touched the tree. recently my grandfather died and my Nan so the land is now my family's and we are going to close the area off shortly.

Alison
I visited Alton towers recently and had to go on hex. I had been on it the previous time and I had been interested in it ever since. I never thought to research the fact it might be real until this most recent visit. I am so fascinated in the legend and would love to visit the tree. Unfortunately I live in Leeds and its difficult to travel up so often but I am determined to visit it. My bf etc think im mad but I think it is so eerie and interesting. I just feel really drawn to find out more about this subject...

Paul
my family and I, stayed at the chained oak B&B, and were told about the legend of the chained oak. One evening after our BBQ I went for a walk through the wooded area past the chained oak down to the ramblers rest, on my way back just before the oak I started to feel very light headed and unable to focus but as soon as I passed by the chained oak I returned to normal SPOOKY.

reeceposse
a great ride and a good story> why not check out both for yourself. The fact is that there is a tree with chains and their is a curse. Does the curse mean anything? I could try to curse someone and it would have no effect. Its a great combination of real history and fun today.

Elliott Coe
hey ive been on hex and I was so fascinated with the story at first I didn't believe it cus I wanted to find the tree so I went exploring for an oak tree but I could find it but now after hearing that the tree has grown around chains that freaks me out!

Kerry Brookes
I live near Alton towers and believe me the old oak tree and its myths are true as a youth team a few years ago we did a treasure hunt around the woods where the chained oak is based we were in groups and there were times we heard things around the woods and things we heard when getting closer to the chained oak I think its a fantastic myth and weather you believe it or not its still worth seeing the chained oak its 1 of a kind its not everyday you come across a oak tree that's chained and got a story about it well worth visiting

Danny
ohh my god I went to see it today after reading these comments. as soon as I went in forest there was a storm and when we took some pics there was smoke all around me and it wasn't there when we took the pics,I defo believe in the curse when we asked the local barman where it was his face dropped and said why very madly and all the locals was looking at us he also said there are some witches that live in Alton village and on every full moon they go down to the tree it was very spooky at the tree I felt people looking at us I am going down again next week as we couldn't stay long because it was raining so bad.has anyone else seen the video on you tube when most haunted went into the Alton towers castle very spooky.

Sam windows
I live in Alton, about 5-10 minutes away from the 'tree'. as a local I have seen the tree many times but whenever people propose to go to see it, I opt out. strange things have happened there, I didn't believe in ghosts or paranormal activities until the chained oak and Alton castle, I went to the school attached to Alton castle and was often told of the grey lady, I believe it may be a Nun. also there are tunnels squirming around Alton underground, and these are believed to be haunted by monks. I would love to partake in ghost hunts or something similar around this area.

saffron
hi there I have been to the chained oak and also been on the ride that it is about I no it is very mysterious but if it wasn't true how would this become such a big thing? my mum and my mums family come from round were the tree is I have been there lots of time I believe in the tree

Ghost Buster
if any of you guys have any ghost stories a website called ghost is searching for stories about the oak tree just go to www.freewebs.co.uk/hauntseeker and ask the G.H.O.S.T Team to check it out. (I also believe in the legend)

glitter
I live near the chained oak, and indeed a branch has fallen off, the place is really atmospheric walk around the whole area there is an old coaching track above the tree, which in itself is quite creepy

lynsay
I live in Alton nr the tree n I finks it true !! I av bin there in da dark n me n ma m8 saw a figure around the tree n it was glowin ! if u look at da chains u an tell they av bin there 4 yrs n yrs cuz the tree as grown around the chains n da chains r rusty n look lyk they r ready snap n if u go 2 da ride peeps say an old lady figure throws stones at u wen u r waitin 4 da ride !!!!!!!!

Bradley
The legend is trew the chains are the only remains of the truth

Leigh Elliott
I heard about the story of the tree as I live in Stoke on Trent and work at JCB I decided with my Friend Paul T from work to go to the tree on April the 13 just for a bit more added fear we both took the story as a joke but when we arrived the tree seemed to shine in the light and even though it was a mild night the air seemed to get colder we gradually reached the steps of the tree and started to clime then Paul said look look look and believe us or not there was a figure which we both saw to the right of the tree we stopped in our tracks as we watched a figure seem like it disappear into the tree think what you like but I will not go there again

jazelle
I think the ride is great but pritty spooky I got frightened in the second room. if u haven't been on the hex I will warn you that it is very dark.

Gary
The tree is there and the chains are on it. They must have been there a long time as some of the branches have grown round the chains. As for the rest of the legend, make your own minds up.

Ellie
I don't believe in Orbs or anything like that myself but I stayed at Chained Oak bed and breakfast and walked to the chained oak tree. Its very simple to find but there is a very strange feel to that area. It feels like its a trick used to bring in more tourists but there was something mysterious about the tree. Hex wasn't a fantastic ride I felt, I mean the information and story behind the myth was great but as a non believer I spent most the day just arguing my case out. An evening I stayed there we walked down to the tree about 5ish and that was pretty discomforting. And we actually got a picture with a strange "character" or what In my mind was a bit of a camera fault, which is strange.

Olivia
at first I was really scared and I started to say that I wanted to go out. but then it started to be a magical old fashioned adventure and then I started to believe in the curse!

Sohnee
Whilst the story of why the tree was chained may well hold water (why shouldn't a wealthy man in the early 1800s believe a curse - he wouldn't have been cursed weekly for not buying lucky heather) - the curse itself holds no water (branches have fallen with no related deaths in the Shrewsbury family.)However, the tree itself is quite an amazing sight, despite recent branch-shedding.As for hearing screaming when visiting the tree, Oblivion is a stones throw from the tree, so you can hear the screaming any time of day!

Gaby , Neath( Wales)
I went to Alton towers today ( 6th may 2007) and went on hex, ive been on the ride loads of times, but my cousin who came said it was real, and I cant stop thinking about it! im looking up about it now! im going to look on YouTube and Google, and gona get the most haunted DVD where they filmed by the tree. next time I go to Alton towers im going to find the tree, wish me luck!

Alex
why doesn't someone carbon date the iron chains, that would prove it

Matt
I guess we'll see if the legend is true. I went to see it for a second time recently and two of the branches have broken off and snapped the chains.

Jessica
I think that the chained oak is actually true, I just want to no one thing where about in Alton towers is it, right by the entrance or the other side of Alton.

Leigh Sumpter
I work on Hex myself and I run a website all about hex - www.legendofthetowers.comI believe everything in the story and I am aware that it has been altered slightly in Hex.

Christo
I've never been to Alton towers myself,but thanks to Alton castle, I was able to see the chained oak and believe me, it's looks creepy

JOSH
IM GOING TOMORROW(28TH OF APRIL 07)TO THE TREE TO SEE IF THE CURSE IS REAL

Emma
hi.yh I do believe in the legend of the chained up oak tree.I have been on the hex but what gets me people thinks its recent but its not the tree was there long before the ride.me and ma little bro went to the tree n I saw a old man looking rather old and he looked like he was from around the curse was put on the tree .so people u betta watch ya back when u go towers.n yh another branch has fell of as it was in the local paper a couple of days ago I no dis cuz I live bout 10 mins away from towers.

lynsay
well I do believe in it. I live in cheadle near Alton towers and about a week ago now another branch has fell off and the tree is still chained up till this very day.

Jamie
actually it was a woman hu begged for the coin not a man if any1 has been to see hex they should know that I was a old woman not a man plz write back to see if im right cya

Alex
The tree is now quite dilapidated but very interesting and great to photograph! Message from BBC Stoke Website: Hi Alex, if you've got any photos of the tree we'd love to put them up on the site. You can send them to us at stoke@bbc.co.uk. Best Wishes BBC Stoke & Staffordshire Website

The Earl of Shrewsbury
A great legend and story. But, folks, I'm still alive and enjoying life. So Far !My sons and I keep going there to make sure no further branches drop off! 7 people stopped me in the street in Uttoxeter on Saturday last to ask how I felt .........magical!What fun!SHREWSBURY

The Earl of Shrewsbury
It's a great tale and I am sure it's pretty correct, but I'm still alive so far and I feel fairly good - avoiding branches though! Saves my younger son cutting the brake pipes of mine and his elder brother's car!Thanks to all who have been so interested - it's great fun!Best wishes SHREWSBURY

alike
I went to Alton towers on the 13th of April, and on the way home me and my dad stopped at the chaired oak 2 have a look and I totally believe in the curse dunno bout any of u guys but I just needed to see if the tree was real (after riding hex) and it is so I believe in it XD

Lilli
I think the story is fascinating and I honestly and truly think its real and the ride is extremely realistic!

Laura
I visited Alton towers and hex. apparently if u r in line 4 hex nd ure a child the witch will lob stones at u nd every day sinse we went to hex stones were lobbed at us bt no1 has been there.I believe in the legend

Madge
I lived in Alton for a year. went to chained oak all the time. the curse isn't real.

danielle
we went to Alton towers today (Friday the 13th) lol we never saw the oak tree but my sister told me about the legend!! at 1st I dint bliv it but havin bin on hex im strtin 2!! matt can u upload the info plz taa

kirsty
I was in hex last year and was touched on my shoulder, I turned around and no-one was there cuz I was at the back and it happened to me again on Monday 9th April 2007

junaid
I went on the ride hex 2 days ago (11.4/07 and when my family and I entered the castle it was very eerie. it was dark and cold. a video was shown about the curse and then it lead us to this room where everyone sat down, the railings came down and the room started moving. the devils face was under where we were sitting. it was scary.

mat
ive heard that if u ar a child in the line for hex the ghost of the witch will lob stones at u

fred im
I've never been to see the tree but I've heard stories about it so if you have seen it can you tell me if the chains are rusty.

Fred
Well I don't know if it's true the curse cause I've heard 100s of different stories about it.

Richard
I Went to the Tree last night (10th April, 2007) and there had been a large Branch of the tree fallen of. It must of been recent because we visited it a week earlier (on the way back from Alton towers) and I was untouched.I wonder who has died.. if the story is true..

James
I live in Alton, and my friends dad owns the land that the Chained Oak is on. Recently we were walking past the great tree. And 2 huge branches have fallen to the ground. This may be in the news or radio, Listen Out.

steff
I went to see the ride hex yesterday (8 April 2007) and when we went in the castle we thought it was a museum. I was wrong. we went in the ride room and a voice told us to put our hands up in the air for the railings to come down. It started moving. don't fall in to the trap!!!!!!

Martin
A huge branch has snapped off it pretty recently.. has anyone died?

Helen
I went to this tree about 15 days ago. it is very eary and there are some very weird engravments on the tree. I don't know what they mean but if anyone has seen them please can u let me know by posting on here... ty...

Diddy
I went to see this 1st April 2007, I climbed the tree not knowing the story until I visited Hex the next day. Spooky tree I think the whole thing will fall down soon it needs some TLC. Chains are growing straight through the middle of the branches like nothing you've ever seen! Take a look for yourself is the only way to believe it..

mcmullen's
we went to the tree last week on the 26th of march 07,and it is actually real.the oak has grown around the chains.so how could this be fake?it isn't sign posted and is very quite where it is situated!

jo
we went 2 the oak tree today (17th march 07)we climbed up on the rock nxt 2 it and then behind the tree to scare our mums and josh we did but then touched one of the chains and when we went down the steps I turned around an saw a woman in a black dress looking at the floor I have been 2 the oak tree loads of times but this has never happened lol jo

Matt
I live Close to the tree about 5 mins and my great great great grandfather was an aide to the earl and he was made along with others to chain the tree the person who died was his brother William my grandfather wrote everything down in his diary I still have it today under my pillow there is some real interesting stuff I can upload the pages of it if you like

Terri Setterington
I suspect this is nothing more than a Victorian folly.

Andrew G
I used to live near Oakamoor near the 'Chained Oak'. However, I knew nothing about it until one day in 1982 I was walking in the woods near the Churnet River. I saw the stone steps in front of a large tree, climbed them, and sat down on the high ridge behind the tree. It was a nice summer day - so I closed my eyes and drifted off. I had a dream about a gypsy encampment at the foot of the tree and a group of armed men who slayed all the gypsies with swords, with the exception of an old gypsy woman who cursed them by saying, "For each branch of this oak that falls, one of the lord's kin shall die". In the dream, the lord ordered the branches to be chained. When I awoke, I noticed the chains and a shiver swept through my body. Believe it or not? Btw: the grammar in yr previous postings r rly terrible - pay attenshin at yt skool!

Sammy D
I'm going to go visit the tree this week and im never thought I would say this but im actually excited about going to find a tree! lol just like I was on the magic road in Ireland where you put car in neutral and you roll up a hill! its awesome!

James
Have just watched a TV Entertainment show, Most Haunted where Yvette Fielding and her team visited Alton Towers. Fascinating story with the curse but I remain sceptical.

Kim
I find it terrible and shocking that in the 21st century, with the vast availability to education, books, media and technology, that so many people who have left comments here cannot spell or use English grammar correctly!

Julie Cope
I've been Fascinated by The story of Molly Leigh since Childhood. The Burslem Witch Even though I don't believe she was a witch.

emmar chasse
its definitely true I have been telling my bf and his friends about it for months as I stayed in Alton castle and we went for a walk into the woods its breathtaking as people before have said a lot of effort has been put into it for it just to be a joke as the chains are huge and have been there many years for the tree to have grown around it most haunted on living TV featured the famous myth and supposedly interacted with the famous spirit of the earl who still isn't happy about the goings on...the story continues

nikki
I believe the the chained oak legend is true I live 20 mins away from the tree so have visited many times (in day light) I wouldn't go there at night the chains have been there a long time you can tell as the tree has grown around them and who would want to have put them there years ago for no reason

john miller
yeh we stayed at the chained oak cottage and were intrigued by this tree it was jus so magnificent but at night we visited it and there was something spectacular but creepy about it

Louis
its very cool! and creepy! I went to Alton towers this weekend, and my dad told me the tale!, I was fascinated and asked him if we could visit it!, we did and it was in a creepy forest, and it was GIGANTIC! and had these huge rusty chains on it, definitely a must see if u r around that area!!

S.Terry
im very interested in this oak that's been chained up, ive been to the attraction at Alton and understood the story, though im curious of whether the story is true or if its a way of making money or tricking outsiders. it could have been a way to attract visitors before the park was built, who knows, I would like to believe it was true, I might go take a look next time I visit.

Rachel
I went to the chained oak a few months ago and it was kind of weird. I was there with my family and I was jest having a bit of a laugh by saying stuff like did you hear that. I heard something weird there then, but the I did hear something. all my family heard it. my mom didn't go by the tree she said that it was too scary looking. me and my sister and my father went by the tree. we looked at how the chains had gone and sinked into the tree trunks. why would someone do something like this to a tree, so I knew it was real. my dad took some pictures and I took a few videos which I have put on a internet webpage. when I heard the sound it was weird. it sounded like there was someone that was stepping around by the tree but there was no one there when I looked. it took us around a hour after we had come form the theme park to find the tree. I looked int things about it and it sounds really true. I was talking to one of the workers at the theme park and they said they did not believe it was true at all. but I told them that it was true. ive been to Alton towers around 15 times this year and ive liked knowing about the chained oak tree. im kind of into that kind of stuff as well lol. but I think what ever some one says about that tree, it will still sound true to me. I would not like it if I were to live round it.

Jade
Yes for all of you that are wondering. The story is very true. The tree was there years before the ride was built, and I always found it interesting. However, its the stories that you are shown whilst queuing for Hex that really bring the legend to life. The ride itself was okay, but I'm glad that it has inspired so many to visit the chained oak, it really is a wonderful old tree surrounded by mystery.

Charlotte
I truly do believe in this legend. It is part of Staffordshire's history and will always be a brilliant place to visit. I have never been but really want to. The tree is very real and has been there for a good 180 years now.

carma
I went to Alton Towers with my sister and a friend. I didn't want to go on Hex as I thought it would be boring. As we entered the queue I still didn't think much to it. Then I got into the videos on the telles and I couldn't wait for the ride. the story interested me and my party to ask more about it. When we left Alton Towers we went to look for the tree. It took us quiet a while to find it as we looked in the wrong place but once on the right path it is hard to miss. I took a video of the tree with my fone and the camera froze half way through. I took another film and it did the same. my fone had never done this before and has never since. There is an ora around that place and you can feel that something went wrong there. Next time I go I plan to go at night and see what happens and iI will let you know x

Mercedes
I went to Alton towers recently and fell in love with the legend of HEX. The ride itself was wicked but the story behind it...wow. wouldn't it be cool if someone wrote a novel or a film about it?

Matt G (Bangin Beats)
The B&B named 'The Chained Oak Hotel' is the nearest place to the oak tree, but most of the locals will try and send you the wrong way. however, if u stay at the hotel, they will show you the way :) the other way to fins the tree is to follow a local walking their dog, as they almost all walk past it :)

Amy
iv been to the tree today and yes I think the myth is true its very spooky

Leanne Shipley
well me and some friends live quite close and we often go there and to cotton college which is quite near to go and look at the tree and get abit spooked. there is something scary there, you can feel the energy but it really is in the day just a beautiful old tree.

Natalie
well ive bin interested in this story 4 a long time now and I now think its about time I go n take a look at this tree. ive bin meaning to 4 ages but never really got round to it! so I might go and take a trek up there right now and come back and let u know what I felt and whatnot! wish me luck ppl xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sam
It was a bit strange, I went to Alton Towers yesterday and we went into Hex. I was immediately struck by the towers itself. As we walked out into the courtyard I looked up and on the top floor I saw a woman with dark brown which she had in a bun, in a black long dress with a white collar just walking and looking past the window. The atmosphere was quite different for me, it seemed as though the woman thought she still lived there. I told my friends but they thought I was going a bit mad. As we walked out I saw a tower and I got the feeling of a nun who used to live there, who used to ring a bell. Anyway as soon as we got home, I searched up the history of Alton Towers, only to find that 1950 a woman in black was spotted on the top floor of the building and often in the corridors. It was a really scary but good experience.

Rebekka
When I went on the Hex with my auntie, her friend and 2 sons I was terrified. I never want to go on it again, but my mind wants me to research on it. I want to find the whole story on the net. My least fave part was when you were in that tight room and the curtain blew and that voice come on. Even though I am in year 7, I nearly cried.

Clare
Well soon I'm going to Alton for a weekend and well be going to Alton towers but we wont be staying at the hotel and I was wandering which B&B was the clostes to the oak tree cause im very interested to find out if the tree really exist cause im doing a project about Alton towers and I wanderd if anyone could help me????????

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