Thursday, 24 February 2011

Ghosts in March

Where you in Pembrokeshire on the nights before and after 1st March, St David’s Day? Perhaps if you visited St Bride’s Bay you may have heard ghostly singing from the ruined chapel overlooking the Bay.

St David's Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace
© Copyright Martin Halley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
(Photo is copyrighted but also licensed for reuse)

 Then perhaps you heard the church bell stolen from the tower of St David’s Cathedral. The bell was lost together with the boat and crew that smuggled it into St Bride’s Bay. The boat sank in a storm. Seamen claim to hear the bell chiming on the seabed to warn them of an impending storm.

On 9th March in Cassiobury Park, Watford you may meet the ghost of Lord Arthur Capel.

1st Baron Capel and his family
(Portrait - source Norton Anthology; Author Cornelius Johnson)

Lord Capel defected from the Roundheads to support the King in the Civil War. Captured by Fairfax at Colchester, he even escaped from the Tower. Recaptured he eventually lost his head. 9th March is the anniversary of his death in 1649.

 Ferry Boat Inn
© David Bartlett - Licensed for reuse under CC-ASA 2.0 License

 The Ferry Boat Inn in Holywell claims to be the oldest inn in England. A slab in the floor covers the grave of 17 year-old Juliet Tewsley who hanged herself on 17th March 1050 as the resulted of unrequited love for a local woodcutter. Her ghost is said to appear each March on the anniversary of her suicide.


Anna L. Walls said...

I love your ghost stories.

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

I love the Ferry Boat Inn's location; however the grave and ghost are a bit creepy - not sure I would want to stay there ;o)

Christine H. said...

I love these ghost stories!

Karen S. said...

I am such a fan of ghost stories, true or fiction as well...but the true ghost stories are naturally by far the spookiest! The photos here are stunning too...that first one...oh I'd visit there for sure! Nice read!
BTW Carmi posted the new theme, "letters!"