Laughter in the Dark

Ghost of Frozen Chicken


While many people’s experiences with ghosts are laden with terror and fear, DAVID REES reports some stories provide far more amusement than horror…


Highgate, in London, is already known for its famed cemetery, but less people know of another famed death in Highgate, and the particularly unusual haunting attached to it. According to his original biographer Sir Francis Bacon is said to have died from pneumonia in the area, caught while stuffing a chicken with snow in the street in order to make the World’s first frozen chicken! But unlike Bacon, who died in relative comfort a few days after the experiment, the Chicken he left behind has been seen on numerous occasions since its death in the 17th Century, half plucked, looking rough, and running in circles around Pond Square, Highgate, before disappearing in various ways. The oddest sighting was the latest I could find, when the chicken was witnessed by a 1970s kissing couple as it disappeared through a wall.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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