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The woodwoses and wildmen of Suffolk

April 24 @ 6:15 pm 7:15 pm

Woodwoses or wildmen – men covered in thick fur, sometimes carrying clubs – are a common sight in Suffolk’s churches, carved in stone on fonts, on porches or on church towers. It’s a mystery why there are so many woodwoses in Suffolk and so few elsewhere. There are some Medieval accounts of Suffolk encounters with wildmen, including a captive wildman in Orford Castle.

In this talk, freelance journalist and author Matt Salusbury presents an extensive survey of Suffolk wildmen – and possibly at least one wildwoman. What are their origins? Were they just a cultural import from Northern Europe?

Matt is also an English language teacher and the author of Mystery Animals of Suffolk (Leiston Press 2023). He lived in Dunwich and Chediston throughout the 2010s and is still Chair of the Trustees of Dunwich Museum and well as BBC Radio Suffolk’s big cat expert. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, and has written for publications including the Guardian, The Independent and History Today.

April 24th 6.15pm. £15 Friends or £18 non Friends. Book via our online booking system or via info@orfordmuseum.org.uk

Butley Priory

The Clumps, Butley
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3NR

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