3819 – Bella in the Wych Elm postcards
- Physical description:
- Set of three eerie monochrome postcards, taken from stills from a film about the modern Midlands legend surrounding a skeleton found in a wych elm. Two of the postcards show a ghostly young woman, and the third shows a silhouette of a tree.
- Museum classification:
- Images of Witchcraft
- 105 x 145
The modern legend of Bella in the Wych Elm originates from the discovery of a female skeleton in a hollow elm tree in Hagley Wood in Stourbridge in 1943. Some time later, graffiti appeared in the area giving her name as Bella. The woman's identity and the manner of her death remain a mystery, though the most popular theories are that she was either a spy or a witch.
The postcards are stills from an atmospheric fantasy/documentary film, 'Bella in the Wych Elm: A Midlands Phantasmagoria', made by Tom Lee Rutter / Carnie Features. There is a copy in the Museum Library, id. no. 398.0941 RUT DVD 8334.
- Copyright ownership:
- Carnie Features