The petrified oaks of Mundon on the Dengie Peninsular are not actually fossilised, but are dead. They are thought to have died as a result of salt water breaching the water table.
The oaks exist in strange shapes, some almost look half human. Can you see an eye, nose and beard?
Some look like they are twisted and screaming. They have been linked to witches ….
Indeed, the puritanical Witchfinder-General, Matthew Hopkins resided in Essex. He sought out those practising ‘the dark arts.’ Nineteen were convicted and hung. Four died in prison.
Others think that the oaks may have once been part of an ancient woodland. These oaks began life around 1100 when Henry I was crowned King of England.
They are certainly intriguing.
Probably best viewed on a day shrouded in fog from the North Sea, to capture that eerie feeling!