Bishop Seán Manchester responds to Robin Hood article


BISHOP SEÁN MANCHESTER responds to a Spooky Isles article written by Kai Roberts, author of Grave Concerns: The Follies and Folklore of Robin Hood’s Final Resting Place. The Roberts article referred to alleged vampire activity that was noted near the supposed grave of Robin Hood in Kirklees, Yorkshire.


Bishop Seán Manchester

Bishop Seán Manchester

Kai Roberts wrote in his article: “Then in the late 1980s and early 1990s, people began to witness the phantom of the murderess Prioress herself. One illicit visitor to the grave encountered ‘a wraith with red eyes, staring and horrible,’ whilst another described ‘black nun’s robes flapping eerily while her eyes flashed red and venomous.’ These reports were exploited by Bishop Seán Manchester-who had famously investigated the Highgate Vampire two decades earlier-to suggest that a vampire was loose at Kirklees.”

How is it possible for me to “exploit” reports essentially written about me and colleagues who accompanied me? There were, of course, reports of a medieval nun spectre stretching back to 1963 when Roger Williams encountered it while taking a stroll with a friend, but Kai Roberts identifies the 1980s and early 1990s, a time when I was enagaged in the investigation of the mysterious happenings and supernatural phenomena at and around Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

In my concise vampirological guide, The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook, page 29, is found: “A number of finger-width holes had been observed in the earth above the tomb in the winter of 1987. Animals drained of blood had been discovered in the immediate vicinity and nearby villagers had been obliged to call in priests to exorcise their homes of a malignant force.”

The description given of a wraith by Kai Roberts is taken verbatim from page 34 of my work The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook, so how could I possibly “exploit” my own recounting first-hand of what happened on the night of 22 April 1990?

Author: The Spooky Isles

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