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The Charlton House Ghost

The Charlton House Ghost

Charlton House, three miles from Evesham, was formerly the property of the Dineley family, and saw the commencement of the bitter family fued between Sir John Dineley Goodere and his...                                  


How to Exorcise a Ghost

How to Exorcise a Ghost

The Rev. W.H. Shawcross of Bretforton gave this recipe;..

 


Outdoor Ghosts

Outdoor Ghosts

These sometimes have strange names in the Vale of Evesham. Spot Loggins is a local name...


'Cut Rates - We've a Ghost'

'Cut Rates - We've a Ghost'

Mrs. l. M. Hopkins, who lived at Prior's Court, Callow End, 9March 1956), asked a Valuation Court that her rates be reduced because a ghost known as the Grey Lady is causing staff trouble...


Cropthorne and Hinton Ghosts

Cropthorne and Hinton Ghosts

A contemporary account (January 1899) goes as follows:

'At Cropthorne, a beautiful place stands vacant because successive owners have found it impossible to keep servants there. A booted something enters at the front door, crosses the hall, ascends...


Ghosts and Goblins

Ghosts and Goblins

Longfellow, who was saturated in thought and sentiment of New England, wrote: ...


Folk lore gives insight into Generations

Folk lore gives insight into Generations

Folk lore gives insight into generations of our ancestors, including forgotten religious rites long abandoned, and before the nature of diseases was understood, most believed in herbs and charms...


The Mandrake Root

The Mandrake Root

The mandrake plant has from the earliest times been associated with magical powers. It was believed that this 'semi-human' plant shrieked when pulled from the ground, a belief recorded by William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet;

'And shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth, that living mortals, hearing them, run mad'.


Cock Eagle Stone

Cock Eagle Stone

About 1647, Mr. Rowland Barlett's house at Castlemorton was plundered during his absence at Ledbury Fair, and among the money, plate and jewels they carried away was a 'cock-eagle stone', a variety of ergillaceous oxide of iron, then much valued by phsicians on...


The Pebworth White Witch

The Pebworth White Witch

At Pebworth, about 1850, there was a White Witch, who had the power of curing by incantation. She is remembered for two cures, one for ....


The Stourbridge Witch Case

The Stourbridge Witch Case

In the mid-19th century, half the inhabitants of Britain believed in witches, especailly in remote rural areas, but even in the Industrial Black Country many still...


The Hunting of Dame Cofield

The Hunting of Dame Cofield

The ability of a witch to turn herself into another creature is told in the story of the hunting of Dame Cofield of Leigh. John Spooner of Hopton Court, Leigh, kept a pack of hounds, which....


The White Witch & Black Witch

The White Witch & Black Witch

The difference in the practice of charms and of curses is shown in two notable Honeybourne characters. The beneficient activities of the White Witch were mainly in the... 


'Witchfinders'

'Witchfinders'

'Witchfinders' were long on the public payroll. Undoubtedly, torture of one sort or another was used sort or another..


Faeryland (Fairyland)

Faeryland (Fairyland)

'Walk out across the marsh when the water is out and the twilight falling and the wind leaping through the red boughs of the willow, and the rooks flying homeward through  the drifting rain, see the watery shaft of sunlight gleam on the flooded meadows, and the broad foundation of the rainbow spring from the veiled and distant hills - faeryland does not..