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Spriggans is the name given to a family of fairies in Cornish folklore, they are the closely related to the Piskies, but were generally believed to be darker and more dangerous than their mischievous cousins. Whereas Piskies are generally described as being cheerful and fun loving, Spriggans are more spiteful and full of malice, directed at humans in the form of evil tricks. Read More »
At 2.00 am, one morning in 1963, Mrs Pamela Iredale, her brother Barry Gardner and her nine-month baby fled their terraced house in Alfred Street, Redcar.
Mrs Iredale said, quote: "I just couldn't stand it any longer.. I didn't believe in ghosts, but I wouldn't spend another night in that house for a fortune. Read More »
Lyme Park is haunted by a phantom funeral procession with a weeping white clad woman who walks some distance behind. Read More »
The Inn is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Roman Centurion, and the sound of marching feet. The marching sound can be heard going the length of the first floor which is split into about 14 rooms. The walls don't seem to impede the foot steps.
The hotel could be built on the site of a Roman cemetery in what was the old Roman city.
A giant is said to have dropped his shoe on the summit of the hill, he was startled by a small animal and fled leaving his shoe behind. The shoe turned to stone over the years and now resembles a huge boulder with a hollowed out face.
Also on the summit of Cloud Hill is a stone outcrop known as the drummer's knob. Read More »
This Long Barrow standing on Congleton Edge, is thought to date from around 3000BC during the Mid Neolithic period. The barrow is aligned East to West and contains a chamber in the Eastern end. Excavated during the 18th century much of the covering mound was destroyed along with 2 other chambers. Read More »
Alderley Edge has been a sacred site for many thousands of years and has many legends attached to it. King Arthur and his men are said to sleep somewhere beneath the sandstone cliffs. Read More »
James Cook reported that he had spent two days on a UFO that he climbed on board on a hill outside Runcorn in Cheshire on 7th September 1957.
The first structure on the site was a motte-and-bailey castle, which was started not long after William the Conqueror became king in 1066, the castle was built on the old Roman walls, which once formed the corner of Londinium. The first stone building on the site was the White Tower, which was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1078 and completed in 1097. Read More »
The New was originally an old coaching inn, and is reputedly haunted by Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland (1950 - 9th March 1649). Read More »
This Tudor mansion was in the hands of the Huddleston Family from the 16th century right up until the 1970's. Read More »
This Tudor mansion was built by John Hynde in 1543 and is said to have numerous secret passages. Many houses from this period have passages and secret priest holes especially if they were owned by Catholic families when England was ruled by Protestants.
The hall is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Ursula Hynde, who was the wife of John, the builder of the house. Read More »
The Caxton Gibbet stands on a small knoll between Cambridge and St Neots. Not far away is the pub of the same name, which has been haunted in the past by phantom footsteps.
According to a local story one of the early landlords intended to rob three wealthy travellers who were staying at the inn. Read More »
The castle is haunted by the clash of steel and cries for mercy, said to originate from a civil war skirmish.
During the English civil war the castle provided a guerrilla base for Dr Michael Hudson, who organised a band of men to cause havoc with Cromwell's troops in the area. Eventually Cromwell's troops caught up with him and all his men were killed in a vicious battle. Read More »
The Heydon Ditch is a large earthwork that runs from Heydon to Fowlmere and has been dated to Saxon times, although it may have earlier origins. Read More »
A White Lady haunts this 18th century hotel. She is said to be a servant girl who was killed by spurned lovers at nearby West Wycombe caves (later associated with the Hell Fire Club).
The pub is also said to be haunted by phantom footsteps.
"Hellfire Club" is a name that brings in mind a coven of hooded and caped Enlightment-era gentlemen practising all kinds of debauchery, Satan worship being the most prominent. Read More »
The spirit of Sir Edmund Verney, standard bearer to Charles I, is said to appear at the house in times of national crisis.
Sir Edmund was killed at the battle of Edgehill, and is reputed to have sworn that no man would take the standard that he bore without cutting his hand from his body. Read More »
A ghostly horseman is said to gallop through the lanes of Penn in the night shrieking with laughter, he disappears as fast as he appears.
The spirit is identified as that of an 18th century farm labourer.
Directions: Penn lies to the East of High Wycombe on the B474.
The junction and the lane off the A418, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man called Noble Eddon, who appears clutching a bleeding wound in his chest.
The story goes that in 1828 Noble Eddon, who lived in the village, witnessed sheep being stolen by local men called Tylor and Sewell. He is said to have goaded them with his knowledge while in town. Read More »
A ghostly woman attired in a red dress has been seen crossing the road near here. She is allegedly the ghost of a young woman who died 2 weeks before her wedding day in 1776. She was last seen in 1943.
Directions: To the North of Lane End off the B482.
On 11th January 1973, Peter Day, employed as a surveyor was driving towards Aylesbury when he witnessed an amber light near some tree tops about a mile away from his location, the object seemed to be pulsating.
Peter had a film camera with him at the time and managed to film the object, which was examined by Kodak and passed as genuine. Read More »
The present pub dating from the 15th century stands on the site of an earlier Inn, in which King John is said to have quaffed ale on his way to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.
The Ostrich Inn has a more macabre tale related to the unscrupulous murder of wealthy guests. During the Middle ages a couple called the Jarmans owned the pub. 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 »