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Released: July 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Examine the extraordinary haunted heritage of Herefordshire in this superb new 80-page title.
Herefordshire, on the Welsh Border, was fought over for centuries. This is hardly surprising. It is one of the most beautiful and richly fertile counties in the UK. Well into the Middle Ages Herefordshire was considered part of Wales, and the Welsh didn’t give it up easily. Its peaceful countryside and mellow towns and villages give little sense of the turbulent years of those past conflicts.
The only clues to those violent times are the numerous castles dotted throughout the county, many only surviving as decayed but in some cases magnificent ruins. These fortresses also saw action during the equally bloody upheavals of the English Civil War. All this drama has inevitably led to the telling of folk tales by those living in the shadows of these splendid monuments. It is no surprise to find that Herefordshire is considered an especially haunted county.
In this book you will encounter a diverse and fascinating range of spooks, including lords and ladies, monks and nuns, knights and cavaliers, phantom animals and ghosts that are never actually seen. You will read of the battles between troublesome spirits and the clergymen who struggled to subdue them; of ghosts which accost people at night and force them to do their bidding; of headless ghosts and a head without a body; and of the Wild Hunt which rides through the Herefordshire skies at night searching for wicked souls to drag to Hell.
Despite all this spookiness, however, it is worth remembering that Herefordshire was the place where the term ‘picturesque’ was first coined. If this book inspires you to visit some of the county’s haunted places for yourself, you will also be exploring some of England’s prettiest countryside.