Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Top 10 Cryptids In England
Stories and legends of cryptids have been told around the world for thousands of years. And as time passed, more and more of these stories began to emerge. Because of this, it can be hard for you to locate cryptids' from a specific geographical region. To help I've compiled a list of the Top 10 Cryptids living in England. But don't worry, just because our list is limited to England doesn't mean it will not contain all sorts of mysterious creatures and wondrous animals.
Cryptids Living In England:
- Beast of Exmoor
- Beast of Bevendean
- Beast of Bodmin Moor
- Ratman of Southend
- Jenny Greenteeth
1. Beast of Exmoor
The Beast of Exmoor is the most popular 'phantom cat' believed to be stalking the fields of the English counties of Devon and Somerset. The nocturnal English cryptid is usually described as looking like a large muscular cat with dark grey fur and white patches around its head. Because of its popularity, the Exmoor Zoo released a statement saying it believed the beast to be nothing more than a melanistic hybrid leopard that was unethically released into the wild. In 1983, the Royal Marines were sent in to investigate the loss of local livestock. The marines who sighted the beast claim it to have moved with human-like intelligence.
Boggarts are a mischievous type of English cryptid known by many different names depending on your location. In recent years, Boggarts have become extremely popular again with their inclusion in the Harry Potter franchise. But despite their shapeshifting abilities described in the books, boggarts are actually described as being short and hairy humanoid creatures with animal-like features. Boggart's interactions with humans are known to vary from small pranks like hiding objects and souring milk to more evil actions like kidnapping children.
The Redcap, or more accurately Bloody Cap, is an evil and vicious type of goblin known to live in the old castles of England. Its name comes from the belief that it likes to soak its hat in the blood of its victims. Redcap is said to look like a dirty elf with long teeth, sharp talon-like fingers, and deep-set red eyes. The short English cryptid kills its victims by using its strength to hurl large boulders at them when they least expect it. Unlike other cryptids living in England, the Redcap is known to be killed by quoting scripture or showing it a crucifix.
The Banshee is a female spirit that is generally considered to be an omen of death in Irish, English, and Scottish mythology. Typically, this sad cryptid can be heard crying right before someone is about to die, in Scottish legends the spirit can also be seen washing the clothing of the person that is about to die. The appearance of the Banshee changes with every sighting. Some versions report them as being beautiful women with pale skin while others say they are old-looking and dirty. Like most English cryptids, it would be in your best interest never to run into this ghastly creature.
5. Beast of Bevendean
The Beast of Bevendean is another 'phantom cat' that has been seen around the Brighton and Hove areas of England. Most reports claim the cat to be roughly the size of a panther with black fur. It is believed to be responsible for the increased number of rabbit remains being found and the deaths of several of the dogs in the area. The belief in the creature began to take hold in 2008 when locals compared strange sightings at the Holy Nativity Church hall. Since then numerous people claim to have seen the large alien cat lurking in the undergrowth.
The Woodwose is a member of a race of creatures originating in Medieval European mythology and folklore. The name Woodwose means "Man of the Woods" and stories of it have been around for hundreds of years. The English cryptid is said to look like a cross between Bigfoot and a Satyr, being covered in knotty orange hair and having strange legs. Luckily, most stories of the Woodwose describe it as a reclusive creature that attempts to avoid human contact.
7. Beast of Bodmin Moor
The Beast of Bodmin Moor is another phantom big cat thought to live in the Cornwall area of Britain. The beast was first spotted in 1978 after increased reports of mutilated livestock. Most cryptozoologists believe the alien cats to be escapees from secret private zoos that were not reported to authorities. With England being the home to so many different phantom cats, it's hard to believe there wasn't at least one of them on the prowl.
8. Pig-Man of Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase is one of the strangest locations in all of England. It is considered by many to be the Area 51 of the United Kingdom. And one of the strangest phenomena of the area is the Pig-Man. The Pig-man is said to be a strange pig-like humanoid that wore clothing and stood to be over 7 feet tall. According to locals, the pig monster has never harmed anyone but still causes fear in anyone that sees it.
9. Ratman of Southend
The Ratman of Southend is a mysterious creature with two origin stories, one making it a cryptid and the other making it a ghost. According to one legend, the Ratman is the ghost of a homeless man that was beaten to death by a group of teenagers and eaten alive by vermin as he lay in the street dying. The other story describes the beast as a mutated child whose father, the mayor, built the overpass for it to secretly live in. In 2020, Afterlight Comics published a special comic named "Folktales of the Cryptids Vol. 2" which contained the Ratman.
10. Jenny Greenteeth
Jenny Greenteeth, or Wicked Jenny to some, is a legendary river-hag from English folklore. She is said to look like an ugly old woman with sharp teeth, long hair, and distinctly green skin. This strange cryptid is believed to lurk in the upper levels of trees stalking unsuspecting travelers. But aside from her gruesome appearance, Jenny Greenteeth is so terrifying because she is known to pull unaware children or the elders into the murky waters and drown them when given the chance. Be sure to keep an eye on your children if hiking through the United Kingdom.
Bonus Cryptid: Dragons
Dragons are legendary cryptids that are known to appear in legends and stories from all around the world. English dragons are believed to be large four-legged reptilian-like beasts with giant wings and the ability to breathe fire. While legends of dragons have been around for thousands of years, some of England's most notable stories contain the creature in one form or another. The word dragon itself originally comes from the Latin word "draconem" which means huge serpent. With so much English folklore containing the creature, it would be foolish to think they might not still be roaming around the English countryside.
Could Cryptids Really Be Hiding In England?
England has always been the home of legends and folklore. And while some of the creatures on our list may seem unbelievable, others are quite possible. Being an island makes England the perfect location for some of these creatures to exist, separated from the rest of the world. It could be possible that these creatures are merely trapped there, hence the reason they never seem to leave.
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