SU2401 : Site of the Naked Man, Wilverley Plain, New Forest

taken 13 years ago, 3 km from Bisterne Close, Hampshire, Great Britain

Site of the Naked Man, Wilverley Plain, New Forest
Site of the Naked Man, Wilverley Plain, New Forest
This is represented on the OS map as a dot with the caption "Naked Man (site of)". Once you're there the tiny plaque on the highest rail says much the same thing. Beneath the crown of ivy is the weathered stump of an oak tree which is supposed to have been used as a gallows for at least one convicted highwayman. Originally called the "Wilverley Oak", it stood by the side of the now-disused Burley to Lymington road not far from Wilverley Post (the intersection with the main Lyndhurst-Christchurch road). There are various stories that tell how the stump ended up being called the "Naked Man", for example: one man waiting to be hung was supposed to have been struck by lightning which removed all his clothes. A more likely explanation is that the shattered trunk and two outstretched branches of the tree resembled a man.
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Saturday, 5 August, 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 13 August, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 245 017 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.8601N 1:39.2166W
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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