The Green Children Of Woolpit In 12th Century

In the 12th century, in a village in Suffolk, England, called Woolpit, was suddenly startled by the emergence of two children from a ditch. The villagers who were working in the nearby fields immediately rushed to the two children.

The two children went into the ditch that Woolpit residents used to trap wolves. Woolpit Village is located in an area of Suffolk, east of downtown Bury St. Edmunds.


The emergence of these two children made the village a mess because they both had different body colors than anyone else. Their bodies are green. When asked where they came from, they responded in a language they could not understand.

When the villagers feed, they also refuse. All they eat is green beans. They were eventually adopted by a wealthy breeder in the village, Sir Richard de Calne.


The two children then performed the ritual of purification. Unfortunately, only a few days later, the boy died of illness. Meanwhile, the girl grew up healthy and was named Agnes.

Over time, Agnes's body gradually recovers. She also spoke fluent English and started eating other foods besides green beans. Agnes later told that she and her brother were from a country called Saint Martin. The place where they live doesn't shine in the sun.

She is also said that they were following their father working in the fields until they entered a large hole that later appeared in Woolpit Village.

According to the story spread, Agnes married a Lavenham nobleman who was known to be King Henry's second cousin, Richard Barre. The name Agnes was later added to Agnes Barre. One of those who is believed to still have a direct lineage of blood or descent with Agnes Barre is Sir John Barre.

The Green Children of Woolpit has cast doubt on whether the children's story of the Woolpit is really true or just the story that has been told for generations.

The children's story of the Woolpit was first revealed by two famous twelfth-century historians William of Newbridge and Ralph of Cogestal who claimed to have heard it directly from the adoptive father of these two green children, Sir Richard de Calne.

The story of The Green Children of Woolpit is also documented in a book entitled History of English Affairs which tells the history of England from 1066-1198.

The note on The Green Children of the Woolpit was also written by the head of the Sisters of Monastery in Coggeshall, Ralph. Ralph records the emergence of two mysterious children during the summer of the 12th century in Woolpit Village.


There is a story associated with these green children, the story called Babes in The Wood. According to this story, the two children were poisoned by their uncles. Then they were left alone in the forest.

They then fled from what may have been Thetfolk forest, then appeared in a hole in the village of Woolpit and were found by the Woolpit residents. Another theory came from an astronomer named Duncan Lunan.

Through Analog magazine published in 1996, Lunan argues that there is a real possibility that these green children are from outer space.


The theory of the Woolpit green children comes from the outer planet not just Lunan says. A clever scholar named Robert Burton also had the same opinion as Lunan.

Through his work "The Anatomy of Melancholy" published in 1621, Burton even claims that "the child fell from the sky". Of the many theories circulating, there is one theory that makes the most sense.


In the 12th century when the green children were discovered, in fact many Flemish immigrants arrived in eastern England. At that time, the British were under Henry II's leadership. King Henry II tortured many of these emigrants and even tortured many at Bary St.Edmunds.

The two green children were actually children of Flemish immigrants who fled after their parents were killed by King Henry II. They come from Fornham St.Martin just as Agnes told them.

The two children then fled and disappeared until they appeared at the Woolpit. The green color on their body is probably due to lack of food. So far this theory has made the most sense.


But the theory is still flawed. This is because it is not possible that the well-respected man in the village, Sir Richard de Calne, lied about the green child and how could an educated person like Sir Richard de Calne not understand the Flemish language? Until the two questions came out, the green kids from the Woolpit turned into a mystery again.

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