The Wildman of Yellowham Woods
Location: Yellowham Woods, near Dorchester
Bigfoot's Dorset Cousin
Woodwose (otherwise Wodewose, Wodewese, Woodwyse and Wudawasa) means Wild Man. These were savage, hairy, humanoid creatures similar to the American Bigfoot that were said to inhabit the woods of pre-Christian Europe.
Woodwoses were once thought to inhabit the woods of Yellowham Hill near Dorchester. They had the habit of abducting young girls from the nearby villages, many of whom fell pregnant.
One such incident befell a young girl, and when questioned by magistrates, she replied: 'Please your worshipfuls, 'twere the Wild Man of Yal'ham.'