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Be frightened; be very frightened. These stories collected from around Cheshire will have you on the edge of your seat and you’ll be way too scared to turn off the light at night!
Cheshire is a county blessed with more than its fair share of beauty and history. The city of Chester was founded by the Romans, and when they left it was fought over repeatedly by Saxons, Danes and Celts. It also featured prominently in the Civil War of the 17th century. Chester’s Rows are unique survivors from the Middle Ages: raised walkways designed to protect its residents and merchants from the marauding Welsh. Its medieval city walls are the most complete in Britain.
Cheshire abounds in magnificent stately homes. The county is especially celebrated for its black-and-white timber-framed houses, many built during the reigns of the Tudors. They might almost be the defining symbol of Cheshire, but so might the county’s silvery lakes, known as meres, or its sweeping plain, its wooded hills, or the many picturesque outcrops of its familiar red sandstone.
With all this history, it is no surprise to learn that Cheshire also boasts ghosts galore. Many of these date from the numerous conflicts fought over this fertile land. Others are quiet remnants of its lost monastic houses. Others are more dramatic. Some are very strange. All are fascinating. It is certainly a bonus that so many of the county’s haunted houses are also among the most beautiful in England.
For the purposes of this book the author has devoted plenty of space to Chester, long recognised as one of the UK’s most haunted cities, and have kept away from those northern parts of the old county which now belong to the modern metropolitan counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester. These deserve to be left for future volumes. Most of Cheshire still remains for you to explore, however, together with a haunted heritage of exceptional interest, guaranteed to absorb and maybe even unnerve you.
Released: April 2013
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm