The Ghost of Oakhill Park.
Oakhill Park is known for its football pitches, Bowling Green, a childrens playground and of course the East Barnet festival that is held there every year. But did you know that it also had a ghost?
The local newspaper, the Barnet Press, wrote, "Headless hounds, decapitated bodies, spectres in the trees - the list of ghostly experiences at Oak Hill Park in East Barnet seems to go on and on."
of them comes in the shape of a medieval knight riding on a horse and
the story is that it is Sir Geoffrey de Mandeville whose grandfather fought
at the Battle of Hastings. For his gallantry William the Conquer rewarded
him with large areas of land in Essex and Middlesex,
By 1141 Sir Geoffrey had become the most powerful baron in England but it was not long before he fell out with Stephen. Once his friend he was now his enemy and he became an outlaw.
1144 Sir Geoffrey was slain by an arrow in a skirmish against the king
but because he had been excommunicated he was denied a Christianity burial
so his body was wrapped in lead and taken to the Templar community in
Why he decided to haunt East Barnet (it is also reported that he haunts Hadley woods) is a mystery and why people have thought he was Sir Geoffrey is also strange.
Perhaps a different view would be that he was one of the knights at the Battle of Barnet which would be a better reason for why he is a knight and also have link to Barnet history.
Who ever he is he is not the only ghost that apparently visits our local park.
Hill Road, which runs along side Oak Hill Park, was known as "The
Ghosts' Promenade", because of the many supernatural sightings.
was in fact another strange incident that happened in Oakhill.
So be careful if you take a short cut through the park, especially if you have had a few too many at the Prince, as you just might come across a man on a horse whose spirit lives on.