Potsford Woods is best described as an eerie place at the best of times, and it is little wonder that the woods have a foreboding reputation. The gallows were last used on 14th April 1699, when Jonah Snell was executed for murder.
Snell worked at Letheringham Mill, which was owned by the Bullard family. He bludgeoned to death John Bullard and his son while they were working. It is said that when he was apprehended he was still carrying the murder weapon. He was sentenced to death, and reports claim that he was dragged up to the gibbet on his back, giving the name ‘Dragarse’ to the hill on which it stands.
Witnesses have reported strange lights at the location, as well as a "sinister, dark shape" by the gibbet. Sometimes, a choking sensatin has been felt. If this was not frightening enough, Jones claims that some have witnessed a hooded figure with a skull looking at them inside the hood!
Pictured left is Potsford Gibbet courtesy of Keith Evans.
For more information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.