The Badgers Sett

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: The Badgers Sett
    The Badgers Sett pub is associated with the story of Bella in the Wych Elm. In 1943 four schoolboys discovered the skeleton of a woman hidden in a tree in nearby Hagley Wood. She had one hand missing and her mouth was stuffed with taffeta and a gold wedding ring. The pathologist’s report at the time determined that she was about 35 years of age and had died, probably of asphyxiation, around 1941. Various theories about who she was and why she was murdered have been put forward. Was she the victim of witchcraft, a jealous lover or had she uncovered an alleged German wartime spy ring in the area?

    Nobody knows for certain but staff at the Badgers Sett maintain that Bella makes her presence felt by turning lights on and off after hours, opening and closing doors and moving things around. If it is Bella then she is not alone as the ghost of a gentleman in a tweed jacket has been reported in and around the pub. Unlike Bella he has actually been seen on occasions by both staff and customers. (By Andrew Homer)

    ‘GhostNav: Black Country Ghosts’