A species of apparition known in Buckinghamshire and which was said to haunt prisons. The night before the arrival of the judges at the assizes "the Wat" made its appearance like a little flame, and by every felon to whom it became visible was accounted a most fatal omen.



  • Hazlitt, W. Carew. (1905). Faith and Folklore. 2 vols. London: Reeves and Turner, p. 2:621.