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…

Old Sarum from the sky

Old Sarum, the rise and fall of an ancient settlement

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Old Sarum near Salisbury is one of England's most ancient and mysterious settlements with a rich and dark history....

5 powerful Scottish Witch Memorials

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GREGOR STEWART tells about some of the witch memorials that have been setup around Scotland to pay tribute to them

10 Creepiest Ireland Burials

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Here are some of the creepiest and most disturbing Ireland burials ever seen, from ANN MASSEY

Oswestry market town’s murderous dark past

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The gory murder and possible crucifixation of a defeated king is behind the name of Oswestry, a Shropshire village and well, says PHILIP DAVIES
The Bass of Inverurie alongside the River Urie in Aberdeenshire.

Evil Earth Magnetism of Bass of Inverurie, Scotland

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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
Inverkip

The Inverkip Witch Trials

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

How Half Hangit’ Margaret 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: Strange Tales of 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 Combustion?

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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?
South Kentish Town Abandoned Underground Tube Station

5 Creepy Abandoned London Underground Stations

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Abandoned London Underground Stations can be found across the English capital.
The Devil's Glen is in County WIcklow, Ireland.

Top 10 Strange Ireland Place Names

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Ireland place names reflect the supernatural and gory nature of its past. Here ANN MASSEY tells us of its top 10 strangest place names.
Witches of Belvoir

Who were the Witches of Belvoir?

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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 has witnessed many disturbing and nasty witch trials over its history

Ireland’s 7 nastiest witch trials in history

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ANN MASSEY takes a look at the seven most famous Irish witch trials
St Mary's Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle, is one of central to the Pendle Hill witches story

5 creepy Lancashire Graveyards you must visit!

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CHRIS NEWTON reveals the ghost stories and disturbing activities behind the creepiest Lancashire graveyards

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

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ANN MASSEY recalls the 16th Century bloody massacre at Dún an Óir, County Kerry, Ireland
The Hand of Glory in the Whitby Museum - the only one thought to exist.

What is a Hand of Glory?

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MJ STEEL COLLINS reveals the sinister mummified hand known as the Hand of Glory...

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!

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