The Penguin Book of Ghosts: Haunted England

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Penguin UK, Oct 2, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 480 pages
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Shiver at the story of the malevolent apparition of 50 Berkeley Square no one has survived seeing.

Listen for the tapping cane, when Jeremy Bentham’s mummified body walks through the corridors of University College.

Watch out for the Roman centurion who still patrols the causeway linking Mersea Island to Essex.

Shudder at the ghosts of kings and queens that keep returning to their old home at Windsor.

Beware the black dog of Shap Fell: a sighting presages fatal accidents.

England’s history echoes with stories of unquiet spirits and hauntings, of headless highwaymen and grey ladies, of premonitions of death and indelible blood-stains. Here, county by county and place by place, Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson gather together all the most interesting supernatural tales from The Lore of the Land. From a ghostly army marching across Cumbria to landlords’ appeals against rates (because no one will rent their haunted house), from the phantom hitchhiker of the Blackwall Tunnel to Francis Drake’s drum summoning him when England is in danger, these fascinating and unforgettable stories are part of our legendary past – and present.

 

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I haven't really read this. I was slightly disappointed with the lack of spine, but then it is an eBook. It reads only in my imagination, but I may start it.

Contents

Introduction
Maps
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Cornwall
Lincolnshire
London and Middlesex
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutland

Cumberland
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Durham Palatinate County of
Essex
Gloucestershire
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire and Peterborough
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Westmorland
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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Jennifer Westwood's books include Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain (1985), Gothick Cornwall (1992), Lost Atlantis (1997) and On Pilgrimage (2003). She lives in rural Norfolk. Dr Jacqueline Simpson's books include Icelandic Folktales and Legends (1971, 2004), The Folklore of the Welsh Border (1976, 2004), British Dragons (1980, 2000), and, with Steve Roud, A Dictionary of English Folklore (2000). She lives in West Sussex.

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