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Haunted Shropshire
Shropshire's witches
The Devil's Chair on the Stiperstones seems a likely place for ghostly goings-on in Shropshire. It's said that on Halloween, the Devil sits in his chair and all the witch covens of the county hold their annual meeting.

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Spooky Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury's wealth of historic buildings means we have no shortage of ghosts in the county town... from the milkmaid who wonders Raven meadows to the husband murdering Mrs Foxall who can still be seen walking through The Dingle.

Haunted Ironbridge
The birthplace of the industrial revolution harbours many ghostly tales, including spirits at the power station, victorian apparitions at Benthall Edge, monks at Madeley Court, Devilry at the Boat Inn and the ghosts of drowned children at Ferry Road.

Weirdness in Wem
The small north Shropshire Town isn't short of a ghostly tale or two, including the famously haunted town hall - see our photos.

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There are two well known witchcraft stories in Shropshire. In one a horse, and in the other a calf, are cursed by a witch. flying bat

When the witch in each case is threatened with violence unless they bless the animals in the name of God, they respond by saying "My god bless you and your beast".

It could be that their god was one from another religion, or one of the old pagan gods, but the people of the time were convinced that the 'witches' meant the devil himself.

In the late part of the 19th Century, a detailed and scholarly study of Shropshire's folklore was carried out by two women, Georgina Jackson and Charlotte Burne.

One of the people that Charlotte Burne spoke to rejected the whole idea of ghosts with good Shropshire sense and dialect - "I dunna believe as there's owt in it, as the dead come back, and if they bin to t'other place, they woudna be let to!"

One of the county's strangest ghost stories is that of the Roaring Bull of Bagbury. The bull was said to represent the ghost of an evil squire.

After a long haunting, the bull was lured into Hyssington Church on the Montgomeryshire border and was captured in a snuff box, which was subsequently buried.

Trapping a ghost in a box, or more often a bottle, is a recurring theme in Shropshire ghost stories. It's said that there used to be a little flat bottle, seven or eight inches long, with a glass stopper, could be seen in Kinlet Church. The bottle was reputed to hold the angry spirit of Sir George Blout, who once haunted Kinlet Hall.

Another theme that appears in more than one location is the ghostly bloodstain. At Plaish and Condover Halls tales are told of evil and mysterious deeds that resulted in a bloodstain that can never be erased.

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