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: Wiltshire
The White Horse carved into Hackpen Hill dates from 1838 and was created to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria. The horse measures 90ft by 90ft.
Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort and can be found on Barbury Hill. It was around here in 556AD that the Battle of Beran Byrig or Beranburh was fought and the Britons were defeated by the West Saxons.
The Ridgeway National Trail footpath passes through Barbury Castle.
Liddington Castle is an early Iron Age hill fort covering roughly 7.5 acres and 909 ft above sea level. Though there is no archaeological evidence to support the fact, it has been argued that Liddington Castle could be the probable site for the Battle of Badon (aka Siege of Mount Badon), first mentioned by Gildas in the 6th Century.
Now Bill’s Salisbury restaurant, the pub at 36 Blue Boar Row prior to 2013 was The Chough. The following description of the haunting at The Chough dates from 24 October 2009 and was published in The Ocelot, an independent entertainment magazine for the Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire area.
There is a story involving a ghostly hand that concerns the inheritance of Draycott Cerne Manor and arose when Sir Walter Long of Wraxall and Draycott Cerne (Born abt 1565 – Buried 30 October 1610) disinherited his eldest son and heir in favour of his eldest son by his second wife Catherine Thynne of Longleat.
Generally regarded by some as a hoax, the case of the Tidworth (previously known as Tedworth) Drummer was published by the philosopher and writer Rev Joseph Glanvill (Born 1636 – Died 1680)and concerned the haunting of John Mompesson of Zouch Manor House (no longer standing), cousin of the Member of Parliament Thomas Mompesson (Born 1630 – Died 1701).
Did you know there were vampires on the darkly atmospheric Salisbury Plain, not far from the famous Stonehenge? Was there really black magic and witchcraft going on in the small village of West Lavington in modern times? Who was the tall, dark, horned figure stalking the stones at Avebury stone circle?
Hills, mounds and burial sites. Places which have a timeless allure. Such places can be seen and regarded as mythically liminal, a place that it is not a place. A place outside of time. A place where the living freely walk with the dead. Barrows are just such places.