Bull's Wood has seen many visitors over the centuries since the Romans, Saxons and Normans. The Estate has had a mixed history of ownership which includes the Abbots of Faversham and a traitor (Henry Peckham) who was executed for plotting against Queen Mary Tudor.
King Charles II was a frequent visitor to the Estate - sometimes with his mistress, the actress and orange-seller, Nell Gwyn. An obelisk was erected in Bull's Wood to commemorate Nell Gwyn's visits with the King. Supposedly the two lovers met secretly at a nearby summer house - though as everyone in Tring knows this story it is no longer much of a secret!
Local superstition claims that if you run round the monument 3 times (though some say 100 times) you will see the ghost of Nell Gwyn. Another superstition says that if you run round it an orange will drop on your head! Local artist, Melissa Goode, ran around the obelisk countless times in her childhood but saw neither a ghost nor an orange.
Bull's Wood inspired two artists to enter paintings in the 2008 Special Woods Art Competition:
Bull's Wood and Tring Park were bought by Dacorum Borough Council in 1994 "to preserve it for the people of Tring as a historic parkland and an important part of the Chiltern countryside". The wood and park are now managed by The Woodland Trust.
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