At the end on the 11th century England was ruled by William II, nicknamed Rufus (because of his red hair). He was the son of William the Conqueror, who conquered England in 1066. But in 1100 William Rufus was killed while hunting in the New Forest. According to a legend, he was killed by an arrow shot by some Norman nobleman called Walter Tyrrell. It was shot to kill a deer, but by a fatal coincidence it bounced off an oak tree and got straight into the king’s chest. The king died on the spot. Walter Tyrrell managed to escape to Normandy and was never seen in England again. (There is also a version that the king was killed in a plot, but it was presented as an accident, and Tyrrell was chosen to be a scapegoat.) A large stone was put on the spot where the king died. Later it was replaced by a green metal “stone” with the story of the king’s death inscribed on it. The stone is called Rufus Stone.
Not far away from that place there is a pub called Walter Tyrrell. There was an excellent playground in this pub – with a scene of the hunt represented in wood: hunters, animals, a castle. And a wooden Walter Tyrrell himself riding a wooden horse.
Lily also visited an open-air museum of medieval houses in Singleton. Lots of these houses are open to the public.