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26/10/18<br />
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To mark Halloween Freya Kirkpatrick, 10, visits Britain's spookiest tree know as The Chained Oak.<br />
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The oak tree has been tied up with iron chains since the 1800s after a curse was put on the tree.<br />
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The legend goes that on an autumn night Earl of Shrewsbury was returning to his home at Alton Towers when an old woman suddenly appeared in the road. The coach stopped to find why she was there, and then the old woman begged for a coin. The Earl cruelly dismissed her, so the old woman placed a curse on him. The old woman said, "For every branch on the Old Oak Tree here that falls, a member of the Earl’s family will die." The Earl dismissed this and carried on his way.<br />
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The same night a violent storm caused a single branch from the old oak tree to break and fall. Later that same night, a member of the Earl’s family suddenly and mysteriously died.<br />
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Now firmly believing the power of the curse, Earl ordered his servants to chain every branch together to prevent other branches from falling. To this day, the Oak tree remains chained up.<br />
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