GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS LIFE & DEATH
First published in 1997 without the ‘Life & Death’ subtitle. It has been added to reflect the urgency of its message, plus some additional case files: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and the mysterious palace gardens of Versailles.
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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Appuldurcombe House, Godshill, Isle of Wight
Sparks Fly In The House Of Love
Appuldurcombe House, H.Q. of the Wight Worsleys; Captains and knights, royal favourites, like a firework the family flared, then fizzled and there were gone in the 1800s. The empire included Gatcombe House and notorious Billingham Manor, where no one living lived there for long, the ghosts were that bad. But those who haunted fair Appuldurcombe remember the sweetest bed of all.
Gatcombe House, Isle of Wight
The Deadly Letter
Gatcombe House, in Gatcombe village has a curious curse for any family that chooses it as their home; not so bad as some historic sites, such as Windsor Castle, and perhaps some of this beautiful house’s owners would not mind its consequence: for Gatcombe House seems to prefer females to males; one of whom found herself trapped here since the Tudor Age.
Knighton Gorges House, Isle of Wight
The Last Posts At The House Of Bissett
Mysterious Knighton Gorges house, near Newchurch is top of the list for ghost-hunting, even though all that remains of the stately pile are these gateposts. The rest was torn down by its bitter-hearted owner, in a fit of pique. However, the sound of ghostly horse and carriage is often heard at the old gates. Margo investigated the haunting and identified the supernatural source; an admiral with manslaughter on his conscience.
Billingham Manor, Isle of Wight
Of Games & Patience
A return to ghost-blighted Billingham Manor, to confront the last of its tormentors albeit a charming card-cheat ghost with an exceptional talent for causing havoc in his old home. Francis of Billingham cashed in at last.
Ghosts Of The Wild
Ghosts don’t only haunt buildings, they haunt other places too, like woodland and open heathland. Such isolation can be a lonely fate, when no one is present to notice them. And with these there often is a ‘find’ – buried treasure of some sort or another. Various ‘finds’ recovered on the direction of ghosts.
Keats Cottage, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
The Sea, The Maid & The Dying Poet
In the early 1800s the famous Romantic poet John Keats came to the Isle of Wight to convalesce from an aggravated case of consumption. He stayed in a cottage in Shanklin. During that time some of his lines were stolen, and kept by an admirer, the ghost of Keats Cottage. She remembered them, and the poet, long after all had turned to dust.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The Mary Rose
Ship Of Fools
King Henry VIII’s famous flagship was brought up from the sea bed having lain undiscovered for several hundred years. Most captains expect to go down with their vessel, but in this case the captain came back with the wreck, with some explanation as to what happened on that sunny windless day in 1545 when she foundered in the face of the French invasion fleet.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. H.M.S. Victory
Up From The Deep
The pride of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, Nelson’s famous flagship is a magnificent old vessel dressed in black and gold. Although much of the superstructure has been replaced, the ghosts who haunt the dark and warren-like decks of the Victory remember the desperate dramas back in the deep.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. H.M.S. Warrior
The Cook From Hell’s Kitchen
Britain’s first ironclad battleship guards the dockyard in Portsmouth. Tougher than a rhino, more intimidating than Godzilla, the ghost of the Warrior was just as tough.
Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
The Not-So-Great Escape #1
This old castle near Newport was most famous not for whom it kept out, but for the king it kept in: Charles I. Following defeat and capture during the Civil War the king fled to the Island; he sought sanctuary from the Army assassins who wanted to string him up. He believed he was safe, until the castle gate was closed and King Charles found himself on the wrong side. But it was a castle on an island, surrounded by water; surely he could and would escape with ease, any time he wanted. Only the castle ghosts know what happened.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
The Eye Of Paris
The French capital’s second most famous landmark building, old Notre Dame is known as the ‘Eye of Paris’ and truly it has witnessed odd comings and goings, not the least of which was the fabulous Festival of the Fools. The bells deafened poor Quasimodo but the clanging of their message is clear: revolution happens. It still happens, and the ghosts of old Notre Dame know for why.
Versailles Palace, Paris, France
Ghosts In The Garden Of The Old Gods
For reasons best known to himself, Sun King Louis XIVth decamped his government from the centre of Paris and built a spectacular palace and garden from which to rule. His reign was among the longest in history; his garden is still an open temple to the Old Gods, as its ghosts discovered.