Released: February 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
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Dorset has a rich folklore, which includes some of England’s most intriguing spooks. A surprising number of these date way back into prehistory: fossil-rich Dorset can boast Britain’s oldest ghost, a man from the Stone Age.
Dorset’s ghosts date from all periods of its turbulent history. They include Anglo-Saxons; monks, knights and ladies from the Middle Ages; gorgeously dressed Elizabethans; figures from the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion; daring and desperate smugglers and highwaymen; and people from both World Wars. Celebrity ghosts meanwhile include Edward the Martyr, Sir Walter Raleigh, ‘Bloody’ Judge Jeffreys and Lawrence of Arabia.
In addition, there are stranger and more frightening ghosts. Here can be found the infamous Screaming Skull, invisible giggling things, a phantom monkey, spectral hounds with baleful eyes, savage murderers and ghostly coaches which mean certain death to anyone who looks upon them.