This week, the tale of Epping Forest’s mysterious suicide pool .
“Scandinavia, famous the world over for beautiful blondes, the Northern lights and suicide. No one knows why but I’m sure Ikea has something to do with it. But this area doesn’t hold the monopoly on self-extermination. There’s also a place deep in the heart of Waltham Forest.”
Watch the video and enjoy the London song inspired by this tale, ‘The Call Of Her Song.’
Epping Forest Suicide Pool
Scandinavia. Famous the world over for the Northern Lights, beautiful blondes and suicide. No one really knows exactly why this proclivity, but I can certainly confirm that after spending more than 15 minutes in IKEA I’m rather close to the edge. And that’s before I catch a glimpse of their sweating meatballs. Add to this experience a soundtrack by ABBA and well, you get the general point. But there’s also a hidden spot in deep in the London Borough of Waltham Forest closely connected with suicide.
300 years ago a young couple began a dangerous and passionate affair. Then cared little for the opinions of those around them who forbade the relationship, and used to meet up in Epping Forest by a beautiful forest pool.
One day the girl’s father followed his daughter and on discovering her intentions, beat her to death in an uncontrollable rage. Her lover on discovering her lifeless body was so torn, so distraught, that he killed himself on the very same spot.
From that moment onwards there were no birds, no wildlife, no fish and the pool turned dank, evil, malignant. It became the scene of mysterious tragedies as a course of which it was named The Suicide Pool. People known to have no inclination towards self-harm have been discovered lifeless at the unsettling spot and even held beneath its waters. These ‘accidents’ include a woman in 1887 and a servant girl Emma Morgan, discovered with her infant child.
In 1959 in an effort to quash all silly superstition, Essex countryside magazine ran a campaign to try and locate the evil pool, but its exact location has been long forgotten. It remains to this day, deep within the heart of Epping Forest.