David Brandon and Alan Brooke are the authors of a number of books in The History Press’s Haunted series, including Haunted Chester and Haunted London Underground. They’ve recently written about the most haunted places in Britain…
In Chester’s attractive Northgate Street stands a restaurant called East Glory, which was formerly the Blue Bell Inn. In 1645, when the city supported Charles I in the civil war, a beautiful young woman and her soldier lover were staying at the inn when the young man had to ride off to fight the parliamentarians. He fell at the battle of Rowton Moor nearby, but day and night his girlfriend is said to await his return, gazing tearfully from an upstairs window.
Formby stands on the coast between Liverpool and Southport and is noted for its extensive sand dunes. This is where the unholy hound known as “Old Trash” gets its exercise, spreading ill fortune among all those who see it. Its name comes from the sound it makes as it splashes through the water-logged sand.
Wray Castle stands at the northern end of Windermere in the Cumbrian Lake District, and both the wooded shore and the lake itself have something of a reputation. A ghostly white horse, a phantom boat, eerie noises floating across the water … The story is told of a boatman who went on to the lake at night to investigate, only to return with his face a mask of terror. Unable to speak, he died a few days later. Was it the ghost known as the Crier of Claife that he saw?
David Brandon and Alan Brooke write about several other locations in Britain – You can read about these locations here and visit thehistorypress.co.uk or tinyurl.com/l9yb4h for more information on the two authors.