The Chained Oak

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If you’ve ever been to Alton Towers you’ll likely have been on Hex, the nausea-inducing swing ride in the tower itself. The ride is themed around an old legend concerning the Earl of Shrewsbury. It tells how, returning to his home, Alton Towers, by carriage one autumn evening in the 1840s, he was accosted by an elderly woman who appeared suddenly in the road. She begged for a coin but was cruelly dismissed by the Earl, who ordered her off his land.

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