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It is thought by some that Bathampton Down and it's Iron Age hillfort, Bathampton Camp, may have been the location for the early 6th century legendary Siege or Battle of Badon Hill (also known as the Battle of Badon or the Battle of Mount Badon), in which King Arthur’s Britons halted the advance of the Saxons into Britain. Read More »
On 14 October 1066 the Battle of Hastings took place. The Saxon King Harold II, defending Britain with 7500 infantry engaged the invading Norman army of William Duke of Normandy. William had mustered a fleet of 700 ships to bring his 2200 cavalry, 1700 archers and 4500 infantry across the English Channel from Northern France. Read More »
29 June (Late June) - In Appleton Thorn near Warrington a Hawthorn tree in the centre of the village is decorated with ribbons. Read More »
Established in 1207, Bayham, a Premonstratensian abbey was created from two floundering monastic sites at Otham and Brockley. It was built from local sandstone and being right on the border between Kent and Sussex, Bayham had a gate in each county. Read More »
The ghost of Sir Thomas More (born 7th February 1478) is said to have haunted this Tudor mansion. Read More »
The Beacon Hotel is a Victorian style pub and home to the Sarah Hughes Brewery. Sarah took over the pub in 1921 but by all accounts still keeps a watchful eye over the pub and not just from her realistic portrait. She was seen by one of the previous managers walking through a wall in the smoke room where there was once a door. Read More »
This 300 feet high round hill, historically surrounded by ancient woodland once had a beacon upon its summit which was part of the beacon chain used to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Read More »
The 17th century Bearnshaw Tower (or Bernshaw Tower) is said to have collapsed in the 1860's when its foundations were dug away by people hunting for hidden treasure. This pele tower though is best known for its association with a witch, Lady Sybil, who's story below appeared in 'Lancashire Legends' (1873) by John Harland & T T Wilkinson. Read More »
The following article entitled ‘Hunt is on for the Beast of Badcox’ appeared in the Frome & Somerset Standard on 7th September 2006 and concerns a big cat that was sighted in Victoria Park, Frome.
The hunt is on for a mysterious large black cat that was spotted roaming at night in Frome Victoria Park. Read More »
On 19 March 2007 The Richmond & Twickenham Times published the following article concerning The Beast of Bexley. Read More »
On 28th March 2008 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Lauren Oldershaw entitled ‘Colchester: Fresh ‘beast’ sighting’ in which she detailed a witness account of a large black cat sighting.
‘Another sighting has been made of the elusive so-called beast of Essex. Read More »
On 28th April 2008 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Gareth Palmer entitled ‘Colchester: Now 'Beast' is seen in cemetery’ which concerned the latest sighting of the Beast of Essex.
The Beast of Essex may have been spotted in Colchester Cemetery. Read More »
On 3rd January 2007, the Daily Gazette featured an article entitled ‘Great Bentley: Mystery beast in accident’ by Jonathan Schofield, which detailed an encounter with what could have been the Beast of Essex.
’A young woman had a lucky escape when her car hit a tree after swerving to avoid a large animal. Read More »
On 18th May 2007 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Louise Sassoon entitled ‘Mersea: Big cat spotted’. The article detailed the sighting of a creature described as a Lynx.
Pensioner Patricia Seagroatt had the shock of her life after she went for a morning stroll - and came eye to eye with a lynx-like cat the size of a labrador. Read More »
On 28th January 2009 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Emily Parsons entitled Wivenhoe: Policeman bumps into 'Beast of Essex' about a sighting of the large black cat that is suspected to be at large in the county.
The Beast is back! Read More »
Thankfully reports where big cats have attacked someone are rare, but the following article entitled ‘Big cat chases jogger...is the 'beast' of Sydenham back?’ which appeared on the Newshopper website (14 December 2009) gives an account of a very close encounter with one. Read More »
The reputedly haunted monastery of St Mary of Beaulieu was a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1204 by King John and granted to the house of and populated by monks from the Abbey of St. Mary of Citeaux, the French mother house of the Cistercian order. Read More »
Mike Hallowell recounted the following story of a Leeds ghost in his article entitled ‘The strange case of the cellar dweller’ which was published in the Shields Gazette on Wednesday 10 October 2007. Read More »
Officially opening in August 1803, Bedford Hospital was built with £8000 bequeathed in the will of Samuel Whitbread (Died 1796). The hospital has of course grown extensively over the last 200 years and now houses 440 beds and caters for a population of about 270,000. Read More »
The Bristol Post published the following article entitled 'Bristol police hunt for crocodile in Bedminster after bus driver reports seeing one on the loose' (3 February 2014)
Police carried out a 'big game' hunt today after a bus driver reported seeing a six foot crocodile on the loose. Read More »
The fairy steps, West of the church are steps cut into the limestone rock. If you can climb them without touching either side you will be granted a wish by the fairies.
Directions: Reached from a footpath through woodland to the South West of Beetham and South East of Storth.