Released: September 2013
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: David Bell
Shiver your way from Bottesford to Market Harborough and from Hinckley to Melton Mowbray. But only look if you dare!
These stories collected from around Leicestershire will have the reader on the edge of their seat and are guaranteed to give them a bit of a thrill. Many of the stories have photographs or illustrations to give the reader a bit of a feel for the site in question.
Leicestershire has many places connected with tales of ghosts. Many are in places where you might expect haunting. Anyone driving along the A512 from Loughborough to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and catching sight of the ruins of Grace Dieu priory, will know immediately that there has to be a ghost story connected with it. They will be right.
Many of the county’s ancient houses, including Braunstone Hall and Belgrave Hall, have a number of ghosts in residence. Even some of the demolished houses – Papillon Hall and Edmonthorpe Hall – have left their ghosts around where the houses once stood. The recent discovery of the body of Richard III, who died in battle in Leicestershire, has led to reports of many haunting connected with him.
But there are also several haunted pubs, a haunted theatre and a haunted police station. In Bottesford village church in the north of the county, there is a memorial bearing a unique reference to children being killed by “wicked practice and sorcerye,” the only mention of witchcraft in any English church.
In the west of the county, passers-by travelling from Twycross to Bilstone can still see a gibbet post, unsurprisingly situated on Gibbet Lane. On the information board attached to it, they can discover that the last man to have his body displayed on the post was suspended there for eighteen years.
Add to the mix the ghost of a cycling miner seen in Measham, a tomb that bleeds every April in Hinckley, and a male chauvinist ghost that smothers men but strokes women, and you will see that Leicestershire has a rich and varied heritage of places for the ghost hunter to visit.
Author David Bell is a well known for his ghost books and has a long list of titles on the subject to his name.