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The ghost that haunts this 18th century establishment appeared every day and sometimes more than once each day according Mrs Mary Walker, the landlady during the early 1970s. It was described as "like seeing a sheet flick from one door to the other". In 1973 Marc Alexander nominated The Acton Arms as England's most frequently haunted inn. Read More »
Following the recent release of 'Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire', published by Amberley Press and featuring some of the best haunted pubs and hotels in and around the county, I took the opportunity to put a few questions to its author, Andrew Homer, who I've known for several years now after we served together on the board of directors of ASSAP (The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomal Read More »
29th May - Is Arbor Day in Aston on Clun. A Poplar tree in the town is bedecked with flags, they are left on the tree all year round. The ceremony has been held each year at Aston on Clun since 1786 andprobablt dates back to 1660 when King Charles II declared a holiday in May called Arbor day following th erestoration of the monarchy.
Below is the story of Betty Chidley, originally published in Miss C. S. Burne’s ‘Shropshire Folk-Lore’ and then again in ‘English Fairy and Other Folk Tales’ by Edwin Sidney Hartland . Read More »
The privately owned Bomere Pool was created through glacial action and is an example of a kettle hole mere. However, there is a story that would have you believe it was created another way. Edwin Sidney Hartland gives the following account of this tradition in his ‘English Fairy and Other Folk Tales’ . Read More »
Once the site of a Grey Friars Priory with links to St Leonard's Church, this street now has the reputation of being haunted. A nurse called Evelyn Sheppard had a strange experience there in 1971. "In front of me was a refined-looking gentleman wearing the style of clothes associated with the caricature of John Bull. Read More »
This 100 acre lake was reputedly a meadow that once surrounded a well that was used by all the local inhabitants. According to legend the meadow flooded to create the lake in response to either the locals being banned from using the well by the meadows owner or in response to the prayers of the locals complaining that the price to draw water was too high.
Shropshire is one of those counties within Britain that is like a hidden jewel, once you discover it you'll wonder what took you so long, and how soon can you come back! This new book by Andrew Homer on Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire will certainly help you find somewhere to eat, drink and stay, providing you don't mind sharing a room with a spectral guest or two along the way. Read More »
Ludlow castle said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman betrayed by her lover and forced to commit suicide after extracting her revenge. The events leading to this may have occurred in 1138 when Matilda captured Ludlow Castle and King Stephen had it under siege. Ludlow was the most important castle in the Marches of Wales and stronghold of the Earls of March. Read More »
Supposedly haunted by a milkmaid who keeps repeating "Weight and measure sold I ever, milk and water sold I never" as she walks up and down. Perhaps she has a guilty conscience about something.
This Norman church who's foundations date from 1100AD is supposedly haunted by an old woman, wearing a long robe and having grey hair. She moves through the churchyard between the graves and also near the rectory. It has been suggested that she may be more popular on summer evenings. Read More »
As with many tales regarding in Britain about the Devil, this one also has him carrying an apron full of stones, in this case from Ireland. He sat to rest upon what is now called The Devil's Chair and is the highest rock on this ridge. As usual, the apron strings break and he drops his load of stones. Read More »
This thirteenth century fortified manor house is supposedly the hiding place of a treasure chest full of gold, which was hidden by two giants. The legend says the treasure is guarded by a raven which sits atop the chest. The key to the chest was apparently lost when one of the giants dropped it in the moat. Read More »
Haunted by Humphrey, the victim of a mugging in the 1800s. He was seen by the former cook, Mrs Peggy Sayer on the landing. He was described as wearing a thick leathery coat and trousers.
On 16th July 1981near Telford three women travelling in a car witnessed a UFO, and then suffered a period of missing time. When they were hypnotically regressed they all remembered different details and entities as part of an abduction scenario.
The Bell Inn is a 19th century country pub with a large conservatory used as a dining room. It is here that the ghost of a mischievous little girl is seen flitting amongst the tables. She is only ever seen for a split second and often only out the corner of the eye, but the description of a little girl with long curly hair wearing a party dress is always the same. Read More »
Now an ornate pond in the civic gardens known as The Quarry, the Dingle is haunted by a ghost that was identified in the 1800s as Mrs Foxhall. She was burnt alive there in 1647 for the murder of her husband by poisoning.
This Inn was built by Roger de Montgomery in around 1085, making it one of the oldest in Britain. Reputedly haunted by a monk. Read More »
The Feathers Hotel is a beautiful seventeenth century building with a carved timber façade and a reputation of being haunted. It was originally built for an attorney called Rees Jones in 1619 and the Feathers name relates to the Ostrich Feathers that are part of the design in the exterior wooden façade. Read More »
The Horns of Boningale boasts a number of ghostly presences within its walls. At one time Shropshire sheep drovers would stay in a bunkhouse at the inn which has now become the dining room. The story goes that a fight between two of the drovers resulted in the death of one of them. Since then, the apparition of a man dressed in a smock has been seen at times in the dining room. Read More »
On 19th November 1995 Wem Town Hall burnt down. As this ninety year old building was burning some locals gathered to watch and one of them, Tony O'Rahilly, took a very interesting picture with a 200mm lens from the road. The picture, once developed, shows what appears to be a young girl in the doorway of the burning building. Read More »