Fragment of the ‘Chained Oak’ Staffordshire, England. On a cold autumn night in 1821 as the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury returned to his home at Alton Towers in Staffordshire an old woman appeared in the road and begged him for a coin. The Earl refused the old woman. Scorned, she placed a curse on the Earl telling him that "For every branch on the Old Oak Tree that falls, a member of the Earl’s family will die." The Earl dismissed her and carried on his way. That night a violent storm caused a branch on the old oak tree to break and fall, that same night the Earl’s son died.
The Earl ordered his servants to chain every branch of the Oak together to prevent other branches from ever falling again. This fragment was taken from a fallen branch.
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