St Mary’s Bleeding Gravestone

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  1. Ian says:

    In Hinckley church there was, some years ago, and for all I know to the contrary there may be still, what was known as the Bloody Tomb. It derived its name on account of ‘gouts’ of liquid resembling, in colour, blood, which were frequently found on it. According to tradition, in the year 1727, Richard Smith, a young local man, had been struck down and killed by a recruiting sergeant in Duck-puddle for making a jest the sergeant resented, and ever afterwards drops of blood appeared periodically on his tomb. The villagers believed this was because the sergeant had suffered no punishment for the crime. [HAUNTED CHURCHES by ELLIOTT O’DONNELL (1939)]