Thursday, 18 December 2014
Many people hang a holly wreath on their door at Christmas. But few realise the original reason for doing this.
Christmas was thought to be a particularly dangerous time as ghosts were said to be more active.
Holly was believed to protect households from supernatural forces. It was felt that any troublesome spirits would be caught up in the prickly leaves as they tried to enter the home, preventing them from causing any further mischief. In England, unmarried women would also tie a piece of holly on their beds as further protection.
Holly leaves would also sometimes be placed underneath the pillow. It was hoped that the sleeper would then see the future in their dreams.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
The coast below the village of Happisburgh is the reputed haunt of a terrifying apparition. Over the years, people have claimed to have witnessed a figure with no legs and its head hanging down its back from a strip of flesh. It was first seen in 1765 by two farmers who were making their way home one night along Whimpwell Street. It was reported to be wearing sailor's clothes and appeared to be holding a sack to its chest. Upon reaching a well, it vanished. The well was later searched and the remains of a dismembered man were found hidden in two sacks. A pistol was also found with the corpse. It was surmised that he may have been a smuggler and had been murdered by his colleagues after some dispute over booty.
The spectre is still said to haunt the area. The well has long gone but some still claim to hear strange moans and groans emanating from the spot where he was found. Apparently, the ideal time to see the ghost is on moonlit nights.
Another ghostly tradition is also linked to this area. Off the coast, lies the submerged remains of the village of Eccles. It was largely lost to the sea in the 17th century but fishermen still claim to hear the bells of the church tower when storms or a death are imminent.
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
I'm in part 2 talking about the Romans http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/episode/the-mustard-show-166/
I'm featured in the December issue of the Universal magazine. I interview Phyllis Walsh about her book 'The Illusion of Mortality'
Here is a link to the on-line version of the mag: http://issuu.com/universal-magazine/docs/um-issue-dec-2014-v5
The interview starts at page 28.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Part two of my article on the Hexham Heads can be found in the December issue of the magazine. Available from all good newsagents or direct from the publisher http://www.psychicnews.org.uk/