When Andy first got in touch regarding his new book I was intrigued by the concept of a paranormal book which contained a collection of stories from what I consider to be one of the most reliable forms of evidence – Police Statements.
In ‘Haunted Churches’ (1939), Elliott O’Donnell (27 February 1872 – 8 May 1965) gives the following brief description of a haunting at the 12th century parish church of St Mary the Virgin. ‘THE parish church of Ilmington in Warwickshire was, and some say still, at times, is, haunted by the ghost of a parish clerk who died in 1793.
The railway station at Royal Leamington Spa apparrently has a reputation for being haunted.
I find it very distasteful when ghosts are identified as people who were killed in fairly recent events, especially as this could cause distress for the deceased’s friends and family. I am therefore in two minds whether to mention this reputed haunting and I apologise if it upsets anyone.
The Grade I listed Stoneleigh Abbey is country mansion dating from the 16th century, built in the grounds of a Cistercian Abbey which had been founded in 1154 and destroyed after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII. ‘A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2’ (1908) gives the following historical background of the Abbey.
The following article by Les Reid was published in the Coventry Evening Telegraph, 15 February 2008.
Dating from 1470 and built as a guest residence for the monks of Evesham Abbey, the Grade I listed Salford Hall is now a luxury hotel in the Best Western group.
According to David Taylor’s excellent article ‘Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918’ in February 1913, multiple witnesses reported a large, dark cigar shape in the sky.
According to David Taylor’s excellent article ‘Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918’, in 1913, an airship or aeroplane, at a considerable height, was seen for about five minutes on a clear moonlit night at about 9.45p
According to David Taylor’s article ‘Scareships or Motherships : The British phantom airship scare 1909 – 1918’, in May 1909, Coventry, England, tramway men reported an airship.