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Nessa
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Hello, I have just joined the site. I live in the UK in the midlands.
I have always been interested in the paranormal and anything mysterious. However I would like to know more about spring heeled jack as I have noticed information is not readily available as it is with ghosts or Nessie for example.
Nessa.

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Ian Topham
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Re: Hi everyone

Hi Nessa, welcome to Mysterious Britain and thank you for joining in and posting.  I have been thinking of trying to plot the Spring Heeled Jack sightings on our maps and I will try to get around to this with an article soon.  I found a few listed by Albert Rosales:

Croydon England
Date: 1803 Time: various
A strange figure described as dressed in a black mask and cape, attacked over 50 people in the Hare and Hounds and Purley Way area. It escaped by leaping over 12-foot walls. No other information.
Source: Strange Croydon
Comments: Maybe one of the earliest depictions of "Springheeled Jack"

Location. London England
Date: February 20 1838 Time: 2030
Lucy Scales, 18 and her sister Margaret Scales were returning home, from their brother's house in the Limehouse area. Reports indicate that Spring Heeled Jack jumped out in front of Lucy Scales and spat blue fire in her face. Written evidence indicates that Lucy was "blinded"---whether this blindness was temporary, permanent or simply a figure of speech is not known. After the attack, witnesses claim that Spring Heeled Jack jumped from the ground to the roof of a house and made his escape.
Source: Spring Heeled Jack, London England

Location. London England
Date: February 22 1838 Time: night
18-year old Jane Alsop was in her home on Bearhind Lane in the Bow district, when she heard rapping on the door. Answering the door, a black-cloaked man exclaimed, "I'm a police officer. For God's sake, bring me a light, for we have caught Spring Heeled Jack in the lane." Jane, who lived with her father and two sisters, went to fetch a light for the man. She returned with a candle and as she was handing the light to the man, it shone on his face and she noticed that it was Spring Heeled Jack. He immediately spat a blue and white "gas" into her face. She attempted to run back into the house but he held on tightly to the back of her hair. One of her sisters managed to pull her out of his grasps and drag her back into the house. Spring Heeled Jack continued banging on the door some time before hastily leaving. Jane described him as wearing a large helmet and a sort of tight-fitting costume that felt like oilskin. But the cape was just like the ones worn by the police officers. His hands were as cold as ice and like powerful claws. The most frightening thing about him was his eyes, which shone like balls of fire.
Source: Spring Heeled Jack London England

Location. London England
Date: February 23 1838 Time: night
The following day on Turner Street near Commercial Road a strange figure knocked on the resident's door. When a servant boy answered the door, the figure asked to speak to the master of the house, Mr. Ashworth. The boy turned to call Mr. Ashworth when he noticed, out of the corner of his eye, that the visitor was none other than Spring Heeled Jack. With glowing orange eyes and clawed hands, Spring Heeled Jack waved his fist at the boy and leapt over the houses on Commercial Road. The lad noticed that under his cloak, an embroidered letter "W" on his shirt.
Source: Spring Heeled Jack, London England

 

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Re: Hi everyone

Thanks for the info Ian. Interesting reading. I had heard of the 22 feb 1838 incident but I didn't realise that he was seen as early as 1803. I will look forward to your article.

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Re: Hi everyone

Hi Nessa welcome to the site.

sacreddiscoveries
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Re: Hi everyone

Hi there, Im wendy and I am a transplanted American.   Been in North Yorkshire for 8 years and have just decided to take my knowledge as a travel agnet and merge it with my interest in English folklore and history by staring a tour group.
This site has been invaluable for information, and great stories, fables, and ideas.
Hope to see you all a lot more often!

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Ian Topham
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Hi Wendy,

Welcome to Mysterious Britain.  If we can help you develop your tour business please do let me know.

sacreddiscoveries
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Hiya Ian, thanks for the welcome!
I will be taking you up on that offer, have already 'used' your help by reading this wonderful site.  I think you really can find anything here.
Wendy

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Ian Topham
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Re: Hi everyone

Still not gotten around to posting up a Spring Heeled Jack article yet:(, but I have found a good article about the differant sightings.

http://www.slemen.com/springio.html




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