robed friar says nothing but points a lost doctor the way to
a pregnant lady about to give birth...
Black Friar, pointing the way
There are many stories about appearances of the Black Friar
In some he seems to be a portent of doom but in this one he
shows a more sympathetic side of his nature.
In the 1930s the wife of a houseowner in Newstead village was
due to give birth.
Her husband telephoned the doctor to come to the house as soon
as possible. It was some time before the medic finally appeared
and the husband remarked that he was only just in time.
"Where have you been youre so late" he
The doctor replied that he would have been later still if he
hadnt stopped by a waterfall in the grounds of Newstead
Abbey and asked the way of a monk who was standing there.
The black robed figure said nothing but pointed in the right
There had been no monks at the Abbey for hundreds of years.