At the turn of the 20th century, visionaries began to dream that the new science of aeronautics would bring universal peace on the Earth by love or fear. Love because as people travelled more they would get to know each other as human beings and no longer as sinister foreigners; fear, because the destructive power of aerial bombardment would render war unthinkable.
Country and County: Warwickshire
Out of the dark, supernatural depths of Victorian England one name stands out. Jack.
Not Jack the Ripper, but a more supernatural fiend – Spring Heeled Jack!
Dating from around 1120, Kenilworth Castle has been described as "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”. It may also be significant for its number of reputed ghosts.
Recently (April 2013) re-opened the The Bull’s Head on Limekiln Lane in Earlswood has been a public house since 1832, though the building dates back to 1740 when it was used by navies working on the Stratford Upon Avon canal. Their website states that it is rumored to be haunted by a ghost of a lime kiln worker.
Reputedly a farmer who lost his life after hitting a branch during whilst racing between Atherstone on Stour and Alderminster haunts the A3400. Local tradition suggests that if he is seen once, he will appear on another two occasions.
Another Warwickshire road ghost has become known as the ‘Hitchhiker of Ragley Hall’. Drivers have apparently stopped and given an old lady described as wearing a shawl and bonnet a lift to Dunnington Cross only to have her disappear.
The Paranormal Database refers to a road ghost on the A435 near Coughton Court which dates from the 1990s. Described as a middle aged woman in a beige raincoat she has been seen stepping out into the road then vanishing. This has apparently been seen several times and caused at least
A Pink Lady was said to haunt the area around the Tapestry Bedroom in the Grade I listed Coughton Court, though she is thought to have been exorcised in the early 20th century. The seat of the Throckmorton family, who owned the estate from 1409, Coughton Court is probably best known for its links with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
The four star rated Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel is a 16th Century manor house upon who’s Cedar Lawn the first performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ allegedly took place.
The Coventry Telegraph published the following story entitled ‘Riddle of the Astley ghostly monk’ on 21 April 2008. ‘TURN right at the first crossroads you come to as you follow the B4102 southwest out of Nuneaton towards Meriden and you will find the small hamlet of Astley.