The Legendary Tale of the Green Children of Woolpit

Billie Delgado

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There's an ongoing legend about two children with green-tinted skin who suddenly appeared in a town in the U.K. one day, speaking a rather strange language. These kids were known as the Green Children of Woolpit, and to this day, no one knows exactly where they came from, but many theories were made.

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According to Ralph of Coggeshall Abbey, a historian who initially wrote their story, the children appeared at the edge of a field in the Woolpit Village in Suffolk, the U.K., without their parents, seeming quite lost. The green children were taken to Sir Richard de Calne's home, who planned to care for them, as they didn't even seem human with their unusual features.

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But the children refused to eat at first until they were given beans that came directly from the ground. After a while, they started to speak about where they'd come from. "We are ignorant [of how we arrived here]; We only remember this... When the bells are chiming, and whilst listening to the sound in admiration, we became on a sudden, as it were, entranced, and found ourselves among you in the fields where you were reaping," the children supposedly stated.

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Some say that one child passed away after some time, but different story adaptations revealed different fates for him. Other historians were convinced that the children were Flemish immigrants taken from their parents, hence why the children only spoke their native language, which most people couldn't understand.

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Others concluded that the green pigment in their skin resulted from poor nutrition or possibly even Hypochloric Anemia. Or perhaps the kids even came from an underground world and had been held captive and brainwashed.

Green Children of Woolpit
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While the truth about the Children of Woolpit remains a mystery, many historians are convinced that these mysterious green children somehow made their way to Woolpit. So, the rest is up for you to interpret, however you like. So, what do you think really happened to the green children of Woolpit?