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St Bartholomew's Church, Fingest

St Bartholomews Church is a Grade I listed building and dates back to the 12th century. There is a folk good luck custom associated with weddings at St Batholomews, where the groom is expected to lift his bride over the church gate after the ceremony. To ensure this is done the church gate is usually kept locked on such occasions. Read More »

Near Burnham Abbey

Burnham Abbey was originally a house for Augustinian nuns dating back to 1265. It was surrendered on 19 September 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then passed on through private ownership. The Abbey was a farm by 1719 and in 1916 was bought by The Society of the Precious Blood, Augustinian nuns in the Anglican Communion who remain there to this day. Read More »

Haunted Highgate by Della Farrant

Haunted Highgate by Della Farrant

Mention Highgate to most people and you can almost guarantee they will have heard of the 'Vampire' sightings – made famous in the 1970s and still captivating audiences to this day. Read More »

Chapel Farm, St. Leonards

The following extract is taken from Cholesbury-cum-st Leonards Local History Group Newsletter No 17 2013 – 2014, and concerns an article by Anne Batchelor tracing back her Tudor ancestors to Chapel Farm and her good relationship with the family who now own it now. Read More »

An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite

Dr Jason Braithwaite

We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More »

Castle House, Buckingham

The prestigious Grade I listed Castle House can be found on West Street and dates back to the 15th century. There would have been many notable visitors to Castle House, including King Charles I who held a Council of War here. Read More »

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ellesborough

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Ellesborough is a Grade II listed building dating from around the late 14 century. It was suggested by Gerald Line in 'The Church on the Hill' that a figure seen in the church wearing 17th century clothing was Rev Robert Wallis, rector here between 1635 – 1637 and 1665 – 1667. Read More »

Sentinel House, Hanley

The Stoke Sentinel moved into the former Bethesda Sunday School, on Bethesda Street, Hanley in September 2013. On 23 October 2013 the following article by Dave Knapper entitled ‘Is The Sentinel's Hanley headquarters haunted?’ was published. Read More »

Hanley Town Hall

Designed by Robert Scrivener and originally built as the Queens Hotel in 1869, the Town Hall was acquired by the town of Hanley in 1884. The following article entitled ‘Could Hanley Town Hall be haunted?’ was published in The Stoke Sentinel on 1 April 2014. Read More »

Minerva Inn, Plymouth

Dating from the late 16th century or early 17th century*, the Grade II listed Minerva is Plymouth’s oldest serving public house. Found at 31 Looe Street, the Minerva was associated with Plymouth’s Press Gangs and many a customer in the 17th century were tricked into service aboard Navy vessels. Read More »

Royal Leamington Spa Railway Station

The railway station at Royal Leamington Spa apparrently has a reputation for being haunted. Read More »

Healing Manor Hotel

Dating from 1892, Healing Manor was built by the Portman family and remained their family seat for many years. Read More »

Gunby Hall

Built for Sir William Massingberd, 2nd Baronet (Born 1650 – Died 1719) and dating from 1700*, Gunby Hall is a Grade I listed country house owned by the National Trust with a reputation of being haunted. Read More »

The Ghost of Mae Nak

I recently watched a Thai ghost film called "The Ghost of Mae Nak" and decided to do some research on the legend behind the film, during which I found it interesting to note a slight similarity between this legend and "The Black Lady of Bradley Woods" despite the storie Read More »

The Little Book of Ghosts by Paul Adams

The Little Book Of Ghosts by Paul Adams

This may be called The Little Book of Ghosts but it's anything but that! Paul Adams has packed it full to the brim with interesting and informative accounts of ghosts and hauntings.
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The Hummums, Covent Garden

The following account was published in ‘The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain’ by John Ingram (1897). Read More »

Russian Cultural Centre, Valletta

Sir Oliver Starkey (Born around 1523 – Died around 1583-86) was one of the last English Knights in the Order of Saint John and was present during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Latin Secretary to Jean Parisot de Valette* (Born 4 February 1495 – Died 21 August 1568, Malta), Sir Oliver is the only Knight of the Order of St John buried in St. Read More »

Southend-on-Sea Ratman

I thought I'd tell you of a local legend in Southend-on-Sea that I heard growing up and thought you'd enjoy. In our town, there is a pretty grim underpass that's been there for years, and has developed a reputation for being crime-ridden and basically a no-go-area after dark. However, more interesting is the ghost said to haunt it. Read More »

Krasue

Whilst in Thailand I watched a film called "Demonic Beauty". It was an interesting film so I decided to research the legend behind it, which relates to a traditional Thai ghost story. It concerns a spirit known as "Krasue" in Thailand, "Ap" or "Ahp" in Cambodia and Penanggalan in Malaysia. Read More »

The Tarxien Temples

The Tarxien Temples were discovered in 1913 or 1914 by local farmers ploughing the field and the sites thorough excavation began in 1915. A World Heritage Site, the megalithic Tarxien Temples are made up of four interlinked structures dating from between 3600BC and 2500BC. The structures are referred to as the South Temple, East Temple and Central Temple. Read More »

Black Knight of Manoel Island

Once the property of the Bishop of Malta and known as l'Isola del Vescovo, Manoel Island took its present name name from António Manoel de Vilhena (Born 28 May 1663 – Died 10 December 1736), the 66th Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, who commissioned a fort to be built here in 1726 and according to some, may Read More »

Parish Church of St Mary, Worstead

The Grade I listed church of St Mary in Worstead is associated with the legend of ghostly White Lady with healing powers. In the 1970's a photograph was taken within the church of Diane Berthelot and behind her is what some people believe may be this apparition. Read More »

Dr James Clark’s Home, Brook Street

The following account concerning a crisis apparition was published by John Ingram in his ‘The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain’(1897). It concerns the home and practice of Dr James Clark (Born 14 December 1788 – Died 29 June 1870) who was Queen Victoria’s physician between 1837 and 1860. Read More »

Jedburgh Castle

Jedburgh’s original wooden motte and bailey castle dated back to the 12th century and was founded by King David I of Scotland (Born 1084 – Died 24 May 1153). The Scottish demolished the castle in 1409, which by then was a stone fortress with a pele tower, gatehouse and courtyard. In 1823 a Howard Reform prison was built on the site of the castle which was then closed in 1868. Read More »

When Witches Communed With Fairies

Magic Cirle

Our modern conventions tend to view the realms of fairies and witches separately. Witches have been viewed as evil, while fairies are seen as benevolent, cute, and kind. As scholars reevaluate witch trials and the confessions of those accused, we are coming to new conclusions on accused witches. Read More »



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