Burwash, East Sussex, England

Fields at Burwash

Gladwish Wood

Gladwish Wood is said to be haunted by a fearsome phantom or grisly ghoul. A figure described as having "flesh decayed, hands clutching his throat" was sighted by a man seperated from his friends during a ghost hunt there. The account was written by the author and instigator of the hunt, R. Thurston Hopkins (1884-1958). Some have suggested that the gruesome figure is the apparition of David Leary, a labourer executed in a miscarriage of justice in 1825.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe and Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks.


Visitor Information

Burwash, archaically known as Burghersh, is a rural village in East Sussex, England.

The village is located 15 miles from Hastings, on the A265 road, and on the River Dudwell, a tributary of the River Rother.

Pictured left is fields at Burwash courtesy of Paul Farmer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.