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Abbot William Sadyngton, Onychomancer

William Sadyngton was made Abbot of Leister Abbey on 26th October 1420 and he died in 1442. The Abbot is probably best known for using the occult power of Onychomancy to catch the thief of a silver plate and some coinage. Read More »

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle is home to David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland, Marquess of Granby. It has been the seat of the Dukes of Rutland for three hundred years and the home of the Manners family over for over five hundred. In ‘The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6’ (1900), Augustus J. C. Hare gives the following story of a haunt like experience at Belvoir. Read More »

Black Annis

Black Annis

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 »

School Street, Loughborough (2013)

The following article by Kerry Mcdermott was published in the Daily Mail on 8 April 2013 and was entitled ‘Please give me a new house, pleads mother who believes her home is haunted by the ghost of a man called Nigel’,

Stacey McGill claims ghost flicks lights and microwave on and off
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Selection Of Big Cat Sightings (2001 - 2011)

On Friday, 13 January 2012 the following article entitled 'Previous 'big cat sightings' appeared in the Tamworth Herald mentioning sightings across Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. Read More »

St Mary's Bleeding Gravestone

St Mary’s Church is the last resting place of Richard Smith who was killed on 12th April 1727, aged 20 years old. A recruiting sergeant for the army had come to Hinckley and was informing a crowd of potential new soldiers about the virtues of taking the King’s shilling, when Richard started barracking him, making jokes and quips. Read More »

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