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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.
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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.
One room is said to be haunted by a young girl with black hair that has been known to suddely whip the bedclothes from people staying in her room. There could also be the ghost of an old man who knocks on the bedroom doors. The Inn has a 300-year-old history.
Dating from 1153, Berkeley Castle is still home to the Berkeley family after 850 years and is the only castle to have been passed down continuously for such a long period of time. A castle of the March it was built to defend the Severn estuary and Welsh border. The castle is said to be haunted by King Edward II. Read More »
The castle, now a romantic ruin, is reputed to be one of the most haunted in the British Isles. It has numerous legends associated with it, and although now only a shell of its former glory, it retains an air of its troubled history.
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A screaming skull resides at Bettiscombe Manor, which in legend cannot be removed from the house. To do so is said to cause great havoc. Read More »
Every Easter Monday the village of Biddenden, not far from Staplehurst in Kent, is the scene of old custom, called the Biddenden Maids' Charity. Tea, cheese and bread are given to local widows and pensioners at the Old Workhouse, while the celebrated Biddenden Cakes, baked from flour and water, are distributed among the spectators. Read More »
On April 2nd 1832 a landlord and his gamekeeper son were violently murdered at a remote pub on the edge of the bleak moorland above Greenfield near Saddleworth. Reported at the time as “one of the most diabolical murders ever committed” (1), the murders were never solved and have become a fascinating, if dark, part of the local lore of Saddleworth. Read More »
Bronze Age barrows on the down are known as the music barrows, and are traditionally thought to be home of the fairy folk. According to folklore it was possible to hear the fairy revelry if you placed your ear to the barrows at midday.
A public footpath runs near the down reached from the South West Coast Path. Read More »
This impressive site is the remains of a Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall. The area was occupied from much earlier times and recently a Neolithic burial has been found. There is also evidence of a large Dark Age Hall on the site. Traditionally the site has been identified with Camlan, the site of King Arthur's last battle. Read More »
The origins of Bisham Abbey began with the Knight Templars, who built a preceptory here in the 12th century. The preceptory became an Augustine Priory and then a Benedictine Abbey in 1537. This did not last for long as the same year saw the dissolution of many Abbeys under Henry VIII, and the destruction of Bisham Abbey was soon to follow. Read More »
Built in 1970, the Town Hall now stands on the site of the old Bishop's Palace in Darlington and there is a story associated with this older building concerning the English Civil War, the murder of a local Lady and her subsequent ghost. Read More »
Three Cistercian monks were murdered by the inhabitants of Accrington in the late 13th century and according to tradition a local haunting dates back to this time. 'A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6' (1911) gives the following information about the historical events.
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The area around the Dane Hills in Leicestershire, (now built upon) was said to be haunted by a creature known as Black Annis, possibly the remnants of some pagan goddess in darker times. Read More »
The Black Downs have a long tradition as a haunt of the fairies, and stories tell of many sightings as recently as a few hundred years ago, when many country folk believed we shared this land with supernatural denizens. Read More »
This area was haunted by a bright glowing ghost female ghost. This type of ghost has acquired a name due what it wears and is known as a Silky. She would appear in silken attire and according to An Encyclopaedia of Occultism by Lewis Spence, would be "rattling in her silks". The spirit would terrify travelers foolish enough to venture into the night. Read More »
An article by Charles Walker, which details his long investigation into strange phenomena and black magic activity in the Clapham area of Sussex.
[Please note the views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mysterious Britain team] Read More »