GHOST ENCOUNTERS HEAVEN & HELL.
Some people insist the world is strictly WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get. Others believe there is a heaven up there somewhere; and a hell down below. But on a spinning globe, peopled in both hemispheres, identifying those twin locations becomes a problem.
Open case studies and unearth buried treasures lost or hidden by ghosts. Witness their views of the Hereafter, it might help in the here now.
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Old Rectory Mansion, Brading, Isle of Wight
Sweet & Sour Murder
Brading’s notoriously haunted Old Rectory Mansion was the scene of a nasty murder in the 1600s. Some say the nearby church, St. Mary the Virgin, marks the spot where a mass slaughter of islanders took place and is recorded by the venerable Bede in his history. Victorian storytellers believed the old well found under Brading haven was a Druid sacrificial site. Brading has history.
Cruel Facts Of Death
It is a cruel and bitter fact of death that ghosts can become attached to lost objects of their desire. Margo and her helpers unearthed artefacts lost, hidden or buried by ghosts when alive in Mottistone, Lymington and Knighton. It is compelling evidence.
Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight
Poltergeists & Paradise
Ventnor’s Botanic garden is a scene of exquisite bloom and variety, and an uppity ghost whose supernatural pranks caused so many to pop and blow the joke among the ghosts was: “How many lightbulbs does it take to change a Curator?” The Botanic Garden’s ghosts were so bad the scientists called in the ghost-buster. Also featured are the two cases in Bonchurch’s former Peacock Vane and St. Lawrence’s Old Park hotels.
St. George’s Church, Arreton, Isle of Wight
The World’s Weirdest Hauntings? #1 The Cupboard of Death
Probably not often listed among a coroner’s manifest “cause of death” list, but it happens. St. George’s church, Arreton was the unlikely sanctuary for a thief ghost who thought she had gotten away with it. She raised the appalling consequence that some people end-up as ghosts haunting objects not places.
All Saints’ Church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight
The World’s Weirdest Hauntings #2 Butterfly Revenge
All Saints church, Newchurch. It probably was. Tucked away among the gravestones in the church yard was a cluster of ghosts waiting together, with a clutch of butterfly hostages.
Old St. Boniface Church, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight
The World’s Weirdest Hauntings #3 Heavenly Bodies
Old St. Boniface church in Bonchurch is named in honour of the great martyr who felled the sacred Donnerich tree of the pagans, and who in turn suffered a comparable reduction which ended his life. It is among the smallest houses of God in the country. Its tiny boundary contained two trapped ghosts: a spinster and a groper with no self-control.
Tower Hill & Tyburn Tree, London
Hell On Earth
For those awaiting torture and death on the scaffold this was the last sight they saw before the pain began. All Saint’s church. Tower Hill, beside the Tower of London, was one of the premier venues for public execution. A death could draw thousands of spectators, some of whom still haunt the scene of death.
Marble Arch, one of the busiest traffic zones on earth, and where the ghosts of the old Tyburn Gallows are more frightened than frightening. The disk sort of marks the spot where the Tree used to stand, but bones and structure have been unearthed in the foundations of buildings all around the area. A pair of ghosts who found the more things change..
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
Sarah Wilkes’ Miracle
Probably the most unlucky house of God in the country. Fire, thunderbolts and scandal regularly rocked the foundations of Wren’s masterpiece Saint Paul’s cathedral, in London. By extraordinary good fortune it somehow survived the Blitz of London in World War II. The clergy wept it was a miracle, given its past. But the ghost, Sarah Wilkes might be the more likely saviour.
All Saint’s Church, Godshill, Isle of Wight
The Concealed & The Revealed
Famous landmark church All Saints, stands perched on a prehistoric sacred site, the reminder of which is commemorated in a curious native legend of magical moving stones. Some say God moved the stones, to ensure the old pagan shrine was gone and the fairies banished from His sight. After the Reformation a fairy was found behind the whitewash. But the ghost of All Saints’ church found it more difficult to cover up his crimes, from God.
Hare & Hounds Inn, Arreton, Isle of Wight
Just Desserts In Hell’s Kitchen.
The fabulous Hare and Hounds Inn is now free of its ghost. Many visitors and diners were convinced the ghost was mad, bad and dangerous Michael Morey who was hung in chains for the murder he committed; and whose skull can still be seen in the building, along with the old gibbet beam on which he swung. There were two ghosts to be found in the Hare & Hounds, and a delicious reward for removing them.