Apeman sightings in the U.K.

‘Britain’s Bigfoot’ spotted in Tunbridge Well

You see some strange things in and around the county, but perhaps this could be the weirdest yet, after claims a British Bigfoot has been spotted in woodland near Tunbridge Wells.

Dubbed the Kentish Apeman, it is claimed he towers eight-foot tall, is covered in hair and has red demonic eyes.

And while that may sound like lots of people after a night on the town, what’s intriguing many is the fact a recent sighting ties in with one nearly 70 years ago on the same spot.

The most recent sighting is believed to have taken place last month on Tunbridge Wells Common – the 200-acre wooded site which sits in the centre of the town and is one of its most picturesque features.

But after it was reported, it jogged the memory of another local resident who went online to reveal how it tallied closely with a story he had heard years ago.

The reporter goes on to tell how someone recalled seeing an apeman figure 7 decades ago. Color me VERY skeptical. Memories are not like videotape. You can’t just play back the trigger. Memory is constructed and manipulated. As much as it would be nice to believe that we can rely on our lifelong memories, they are TREMENDOUSLY flawed. So, I can’t consider a story recollected from even a YEAR ago to be very accurate.

Another point in the piece is that apemen are sighted in the U.K. Frankly, it’s a preposterous idea. It’s SO preposterous that investigators, like Arnold who is quoted, have entertained that the explanation is not of an actual animal but of a supernatural thing. A tulpa, perhaps.

We are left with stories. What do they mean? We just don’t know because we weren’t there and there is no evidence left behind. All we are left with are memories that are verbally expressed. That, sadly, is the most unreliable form of evidence and often leads us nowhere but down a supernatural path.

 

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  3 comments for “Apeman sightings in the U.K.

  1. oldebabe
    November 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Oh, boy. I can’t believe it. Another Bigfoot-type story, which has now migrated into the UK as an “apeman”. Well, why not? Some sort of thing has been seen (but subsequently and conveniently can’t be found) by someone or other almost everywhere else :-) .

  2. November 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Regarding the preposterousness of UK-based apemen: The Wild Man or Woodwose is a common theme in decorative arts in Britain and western Europe going back to the early middle ages. AFAICT, the woodwose was never much more than an artistic and legendary theme, but giant hairy bipeds have obviously been part of Britain’s cultural inheritance since long before any Westerner had heard of bigfoots or yetis. So, there is precedence for apemen-or-something-like-them in the UK, although generally I think they fall more into the fairy/gnome/troll category than the cryptid one.

  3. November 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Aww, not blobsquatches as well! Haven’t we got enough in the UK with the ABCs? (Alien Big Cats for the uninitiated). At least an ABC is vaguely plausible.

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