Nottinghamshire is home to many phantom visitors. From pubs packed with unusual spirits to a host of other spooky sightings, dare to discover why the city of Nottingham is said to be the fourth most haunted place in the UK. You can also explore haunting tales from across Nottinghamshire and find out about the phantom monks, strange animals and otherworldly beings said to haunt its villages, historic houses and woods.
There’s bound to be something here to keep you awake at night!
Nottinghamshire Ghost Stories is the latest book to join the hit Bradwell range and is priced at just £3.99.
You don’t have to travel far in Nottinghamshire to hear a good ghost story about the county. Whether it’s the spectral sightings at the National Justice Museum, the long-standing reports of the ghosts of Bestwood Lodge or odd tales of the Trip to Jerusalem, reputedly England’s oldest pub, Nottinghamshire is home to many kinds of phantom visitors, if the stories are to be believed. Nottingham itself is said to be the fourth most haunted place in the UK.
But what is it that gives the city and county such a rich history of hauntings? Perhaps one reason is geography. Nottinghamshire’s sandstone caves feature in a handful of the stories, suggesting that location and geology can play a part in the ghostly history of a place.
Some of these stories clearly have their roots in history, serving as a kind of alternative narrative to capture the events that shaped the area, like the tales of Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey. Whether or not you believe in ghosts you can see how the stories help to maintain a connection with events long gone, such as the tragic murder of Bessie Shepherd. But what of the weirder ones, like that of the little green men seen by a group of children at Wollaton Park or the ghost nurse encountered by other nurses at the Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital? It’s also interesting to note that, while some of these stories are clearly very old, others have their basis on sightings reported in the national or even international press within the last few years.
Whatever the reality behind these stories, they are important to the history and identity of Nottinghamshire. From the weird sightings in the city centre to the ghostly visitors in the towns and villages of the county, they help maintain our fragile connection with the past. They remind us of the fears, tragedies and dramas that affected the lives of ordinary people, just as they do today. A good ghost story changes the way we see a place, enriching our sense of its history. Perhaps ghost stories also serve as a kind of warning to tell us to take care, like the eerie tales of George’s Hill in the village of Calverton. Whatever your view of ghosts, whether you’re a cynic or an explorer of the paranormal, these stories of Nottinghamshire’s otherworldly visitors should unnerve and intrigue.
City Centre Spectres
Haunted Churches, Abbeys and Priories
Towns with Ghostly Tales
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: Spring 2017
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Camilla Zajac