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Released: August 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Prepare to be frightened by these terrifying tales from around The Cotswolds
A leading expert on the paranormal has gathered together some of the scariest stories from around the towns and villages in The Cotswolds. From haunted castles and monasteries to ghost inhabited ruins with a visit to the most well known stately home in the country and a scary tale about a phantom army; there’s bound to be something here to keep you awake at night!
The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty is the archetype of ‘olde worlde’ England: rolling countryside, quaint villages and country towns built of mellow stone.
The region gets its name from the Cotswolds Hills which rise from the meadows of the northern River Thames and run south-west to north-east until they meet the Cotswold Edge, an escarpment high above the Severn Valley and the Vale of Evesham. The hills are composed of a kind of limestone known as ‘oolitic’ because it is composed of tiny egg-shaped particles. This limestone much tougher than the chalk of the southern counties and has been extensively quarried to build the Cotswolds’ towns and villages. The Cotswold Stone’s distinctive golden colour is the hallmark of the region: a cottage composed of Cotswold Stone is unmistakable.
The Cotswolds takes in six counties, mainly comprising Gloucestershire, western Oxfordshire and south-western Warwickshire, but also nipping the edges of Wiltshire, Somerset and Worcestershire. Broadly speaking the region stretches from Bath in the south to Warwick in the north and from Worcester in the west to Oxford and Swindon in the east.
Such a large area naturally takes in a great many beautiful and historic places and a surprising number of them are haunted. For the purposes of this book, the author has focused on the central area, particularly the sites of Gloucestershire, while touching on a few sites in the other Cotswolds counties. He has cast his net no further than Stratford-upon-Avon and have left out Bath, which will be featured in a forthcoming book of ghost stories from Somerset, and Oxford which has already been explored in Oxfordshire Ghost Stories (also published by Bradwell Books).
The Cotswolds is a uniquely beautiful region, full of charm and rich in history. We are sure you will find its haunted heritage is also well worth exploring.