Possessed blackbirds are just one of the highlights of today’s 101 Great British Hauntings with MJ WAYLAND
41. A spectral ship has been seen at Oulton Broad in Suffolk at the point where the Mayfly sank in 1920.
42. The owner of The Mermaid at Rye in Sussex has witnessed a phantom duel being fought outside the inn at the beginning of this century.
43. At Utkinton Hall in Cheshire, a 16th Century priest cast a troublesome spirit into the body of a blackbird which is said to be the ancestor of the birds there today.
44. Ghost hunters are spoilt for choice at Windsor Castle. Royal spectres include Elizabeth I, Charles I and George III.
45. Ye Olde Ferryboat Inn in Cambridgeshire is built over the grave of Juliet Tewsley who hanged herself at that spot.
46. The spirit of Lady Howard rides in a coach of bones at Okehampton, Dartmoor.
47. A ghostly horse bus is said to drive down the Bayswater Road by London’s Hyde Park.
48. Inverawe House in the Western Highlands of Scotland has a houseproud spirit called Green Jean, who puts out fresh soap and towels for guests.
49. The Marsden Grotto Hotel, built in caves near Sunderland, is haunted by the ghost of a smuggler.
50. Gwyllgi, the red-eyed Dog of Darkness haunts Laugharne, the Welsh town made famous by poet Dylan Thomas.
We will continue to “count ‘em down” next week with more of 101 Great British Hauntings!
MJ WAYLAND is an author, researcher and tutor specialising in paranormal and alternative subjects. He has an excellent blog called Walker of the Borderlands of Belief.