Strange History

Weird, disturbing, wacky, horrific, nightmarish – these are all some of the many words to describe the strange history of the UK and Ireland…

Evil Earth Magnetism of Bass of Inverurie, Scotland

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The Bass of Inverurie alongside the River Urie in Aberdeenshire.
A cemetery mound in Aberdeenshire, known as the Bass of Inverurie, has a long and strange past, says guest writer DUNCAN HARLEY

Simon of Sudbury, a Canterbury Tale of Ghosts and Murder

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PETULA MITCHELL tells the story of how Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon of Sudbury, was murdered and now haunts the cathedral

Meet Isle of Man Vampire, Matthew Hassal

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Iron stakes prevent an ancient vampire, Matthew Hassal, rising from Malew Churchyard, Isle of Man, RICK HALE reports

The Orkney Witch Memorial Plaque

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GREGOR STEWART reveals the sad story of the Orkney Witches, in this exclusive extract from Witch Memorials of Scotland

The Inverkip Witch Trials

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Inverkip
Witch trials swept Scotland in the 17th century and the tiny village of Inverkip was not immune, says CHRISTINE MILLER

How Half Hangit’ Maggie Dickson survived the hangman’s noose

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Margaret Dickson was hanged for killing her baby, but survived to tell about it. TACE DORRIS reveals the strange tale of ‘Half Hangit’ Maggie!

ZX Spectrum’s 5 Creepiest 1980s Computer Games

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RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES returns to the 1980s to remember the ZX Spectrum's creepiest computer games

Mysteries of Portsmouth: Author tells us about strange Pompey!

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Author Matt Wingett tells DAVID SAUNDERSON about the weird and wonderful tales he's collected from his hometown in his new book, Mysteries of Portsmouth

10 Bizarre and Unusual English Graves

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Guest writer KATE CHERRELL tells us about some of England's strangest graves

Witch of Saratoga, Northampton’s forgotten magickal emigrant

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Angeline Tubbs left England in 1761 and became the infamous Witch of Saratoga, writes JJ MERRYWEATHER

Two Doctors and the Human Candle: A Case of Spontaneous Human...

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DR FIONA-JANE BROWN looks at a strange case of a woman mysteriously burning to death in Aberdeen, Scotland... was it Spontaneous Human Combustion?

5 Creepy Abandoned London Underground Stations

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South Kentish Town Abandoned Underground Tube Station
Abandoned London Underground Stations can be found across the English capital.

Ireland’s Top 10 Strangest Place Names

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The Devil's Glen is in County WIcklow, Ireland.
ANN MASSEY tells us of the top 10 strangest place names in Ireland.

Who were the Witches of Belvoir?

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Witches of Belvoir
Who were the Witches of Belvoir?

Top 7 must-see London Cemeteries: How many have you visited?

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Here's a list of London Cemeteries, known as the Magnificent Seven for their amazing graves and monuments!

Ireland’s 7 nastiest witch trials in history

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Ireland has witnessed many disturbing and nasty witch trials over its history
ANN MASSEY takes a look at the seven most famous Irish witch trials

Lancashire’s 5 creepiest Graveyards to visit for Halloween

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St Mary's Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle, is one of central to the Pendle Hill witches story
CHRIS NEWTON reveals the ghost stories and disturbing activities behind the creepiest graveyards in Lancashire, England

Massacre at Dún an Óir, Ireland’s Fortress of Gold

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ANN O'REGAN recalls the 16th Century bloody massacre at Dún an Óir, County Kerry, Ireland

What is a Hand of Glory?

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The Hand of Glory in the Whitby Museum - the only one thought to exist.
MJ STEEL COLLINS reveals the sinister mummified hand known as the Hand of Glory...

Meet Humphrey Kynaston, Shropshire’s most infamous highwayman

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PHILIP DAVIES says little know outlaw Humphrey Kynaston would give Dick Turpin a run for his money!

A monk’s curse that blighted New Ross for centuries

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Guest writer TINA CALLAGHAN reveals the dark, violent past of New Ross in County Wexford, Ireland

Clopton House horrors and the real ‘Ophelia’

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Clopton House
POLLYANNA JONES describes the dark history that has blackened Clopton House near Stratford-upon-Avon

10 Weird Things about King James IV of Scotland

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King James IV of Scotland
Here are some strange facts about the 15th Century Scottish King James IV, from guest writer KEITH COLEMAN

Ireland’s 7 most haunted and mysterious islands

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Skellig Michael
Ann Massey explores Ireland's 7 most haunted and mysterious islands

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England’s 5 Most Lethal Hangmen

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Hangmen dished out the ultimate punishment for centuries in England, CHRISTINE MILLER profiles that most prolific