The Mystery of the Three Jumps in somerset (help and links please?)

On the A39 near the junction of Wood land is a sign pointing to “The Three Jumps”.

My boss told be the story of how it got its name but I am yet to find any information on it.

During the Monmouth rebellion a man was captured and given one last request before he was to be executed.

“I want to make three last jumps before I die.”

Seeing that he was surrounded and had no where to run, they granted it. The first two jumps went fine. On as he landed on the third he sprinted off into the woods and escaped.

The story tells that the never found him again. and the sign posted area was where he made the jumps.

Has anyone got any historical reference links to this story?

4 comments on “The Mystery of the Three Jumps in somerset (help and links please?)

  1. fromcouchtomoon says:

    No, but it sounds like a great story.

  2. biahelvetti says:

    Hm, that’s a fantastic tale. I’m sorry I don’t have any knowledge of it but I’d love to know if you find out any more information about it. I have a sneaking suspicion that it could possibly be an evolution of a much older tale (perhaps one akin to the ‘devils leap’ folktales or ‘giant’s jumps’) perhaps you could find out if the place name pre-dates the alleged incident, that might give you a clue? Sorry not to have been more help, but I do hope you get to the bottom of it! Many blessings, Bia

  3. jamie says:

    I was told aboit this story by my grand parents as they lived in a nearby vottage called jan swanes cottage

    They did a lot of investigating on jan swayne unfortunatley theres very little known. As the main story of this is from the legends book and there is very little recorded history of this

    However my grandparents had found a few other stories about jan
    There cottage was believed to be the place that he hidaway in after he escaped altho they also had heard thats where he had lived before he was captured

    If you know anything about that id love to know
    Regards jamie

    The ma

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