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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Ludlow Castle is said to be haunted by the ghost
of sad Marion de la Bruyere, who has been re-enacting her dive to death from the
Pendover Tower since the latter part of the 12th century.
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 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
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.
Enjoy the best of this
year's halloween festivities
with our guide to Shropshire's events.
There are two well
known witchcraft stories in Shropshire. In one a horse, and in the other a calf,
are cursed by a witch. |
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
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.