When Andy first got in touch regarding his new book I was intrigued by the concept of a paranormal book which contained a collection of stories from what I consider to be one of the most reliable forms of evidence – Police Statements.
Country and County: Shropshire
The following account was extracted from ‘The Ghost World’ by T F Thiselton Dyer 1893 ‘Referring to spots where murders have taken place, a Shropshire tradition informs us how, at a certain house at Hampton’s Wood, near Ellesmere, six illegitimate children were murdered by their parents, and buried in a garden.
According to ‘Haunted Churches (1939)’ by Elliott O’Donnell (27 February 1872 – 8 May 1965), ‘Cuthery Hollow and a near-by church-cemetery by a phantom in the form of a colt. According to a tradition, a titled lady was buried with some of her most valuable jewels in a vault of Fitz church. Obrick, the parish clerk, knowing this, broke open the tomb and robbed the corpse.
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.
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.
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 .
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’ .
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.
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