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…

Brahan Seer

Strange Prophecies of Scotland’s Brahan Seer

FIONA LANG describes how Brahan Seer used a small stone with a hole in it to see the future

Abergavenny Massacre leaves Welsh market town red with blood

CLAIRE BARRAND looks back at one of the bloodiest massacres in British history - the Abergavenny Massacre!
The Bolton Strid

Bolton Strid deadly waters inspire tales of horror

Bolton Strid, a dangerous river in North Yorkshire, is surrounded by many legends, says KAI ROBERTS
Royal executions

England’s 5 Bloodiest Royal Executions

STEWART KING celebrates Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne by listing his Top 5 Royal Executions

See St Oliver Plunkett’s Decapitated Head

Say hello to St Oliver Plunkett's Head, a religious relic which was once attached to the rest of the last Roman Catholic martyr to be executed in England
bedlam hospital, bedlam asylum

Where is Bedlam Asylum, London’s original madhouse?

Bedlam Asylum in London - the world's most famous mental hospital - had four different locations over the years. AMY CONNOLLY tell us where they were...

20 Strange London Underground Things You Didn’t Know

It's little surprise that London Underground public transport can be a little creepy ...

What evil lurks inside the haunted St Osyth Witches Cage in Essex?

JON KANEKO-JAMES talks to John Fraser about his report into Essex's St Osyth Witches Cage
Ireland has witnessed many disturbing and nasty witch trials over its history

Ireland’s 7 nastiest witch trials in history

ANN MASSEY takes a look at the seven most famous Irish witch trials
Janet Horne, burning witches

Janet Horne, The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland

Janet Horne was the last witch to be executed in Scotland, KATHLEEN BRUNO looks into the facts of the case

Winter’s Gibbet: Northumberland’s Strange Monument to a Murder

Winter's Gibbet is the bizarre remnant of a Northumberland murder from long ago, LEE D. MUNRO says

Britain’s 5 Most Sinister Abandoned Mental Asylums

NIA JONES reveals five of Britain’s most sinister abandoned mental hospitals.
sawney bean

Was Sawney Bean fact or fiction?

Was Sawney Bean the Scottish cannibal real or just folklore? DAVID SAUNDERSON takes at look...

Aleister Crowley, The Beast of Boleskine House

FRANCES ABBOT remembers moving to her new Scottish Highland home and discovering Aleister Crowley, The Beast of Boleskine House
Milton Keynes

There’s Something Mysterious about Milton Keynes

JAMES WIlLIS discusses his new book "Mysterious Milton Keynes"

From Sirens to Nymphs, A Short History of Mermaids

MATT WINGETT looks at the history of mermaids

Glasgow’s Bubonic Plague of 1900

Bubonic Plague terrorised Glasgow as late as 1900. MJ STEEL COLLINS reveals how the Scottish city coped with the medieval disaster... 
Nags Head Pub

Does cursed painting at Nags Head Pub Shrewsbury cause horror and insanity?

PHILIP DAVIES investigates alleged cursed painting on top floor of Shrewsbury's Nags Head Pub

Curse of the Paisley Witches

A dark curse from the Paisley Witches may still hang over the heads of MJ STEEL COLLINS' hometown of Paisley

13 creepy facts about Sawney Bean, the Scottish Cannibal

13 gruesome facts on Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean, thanks to MJ STEEL COLLINS
Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Where the Witches Dance: Nine Ladies Stone Circle

KATIE DOHERTY takes a look at The Nine Ladies stone circle, a magical ancient monument based in Derbyshire

Elizabeth Sawyer, The Witch of Edmonton

JASON HOLLIS asks was Elizabeth Sawyer a wicked woman or was she just angry because people kept calling her a witch?

Vampire of the Villas Victim Choked on Garlic

Demetrious Mykicura's fear of vampires lead to his death in the infamous "Vampire of the Villas" case, says PAUL ADAMS
Pendle Hill Witches Guide Sign

Pendle Witches Guide: Where in the Hill to find them

BARRY McCann charts a Pendle Witches Guide of Pendle Hill

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The Green Inn, Llangedwyn

The Ghost Girl of Llangedwyn’s Green Inn

ANDREW HOMER reveals a haunting of The Green Inn, Llangedwyn, and his own search for the horrors linked to the Shropshire inn...