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Ghosts of Ironbridge
View of Ironbridge Powerstation
The power station at Buildwas - haunted by a monk
Ironbridge has many ghostly goings on... from the monk that wanders into the coal bay at the power station, to the pub where they say the devil once played cards with the locals.
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The ghostly monk at the power station

Buildwas Power Station looks at odds with the surrounding countryside - even more so when you see the ruined abbey next door.

It would seem that the power station cuts into the old boundaries of Buildwas Abbey - especially the station's coal bay, where a ghostly monk has been seen.

The Black Monk is said to haunt the abbey ruins, but has more recently scared the pants off people in the power station itself.

Monks
Buildwas Power Station is haunted by the ghost of a monk from the monastery that used to occupy part of the site

One worker was loading the great bucket upon his digger with coal when, in the space left by the bucket, he noticed a shape of what he thought was a woman.

Thinking he'd stumbled across a murder victim, the worker got down from his cab.

But before he even reached the ground, the figure floated toward him before it vanishing, just a few feet in front of him.

He broke all world records getting out of the building!

Panoramic image of Wenlock Priory
Find out more about the medieval monks who ran Shropshire with our feature, photo gallery and panoramic images

A Victorian ghost at Benthall Edge

During the late Victorian period a gentleman was carrying the wages of his workers at the limestone works along Benthall Edge, when he was set upon by robbers.

Once relived of his money he was tied and gagged before being thrown into a pit. Over this was put a heavy stone.

The man's shouts went unheard due to the noise from his nearby workings.

When he was eventually missed a search was organised, only to find that the man's efforts to get out from under his tomb had led to his being crushed to death when the stone slipped.

Walkers still hear his calls for help echo along the edge and from below the stone.

Monks at Madeley Court House

This fine Elizabethan manor house has many strange goings on, both inside and out.

At one time there was a small terrace of coalminers' cottages in the hollow.

Since their destruction the cottages and occupants sometimes make a ghostly return.

An old lady is also sometimes seen before the entrance of the house, smiling before disappearing.

Monks were said to walk the grounds, one family suffered an influx of monastic figures sitting upon the cross beams in the great hall - very off putting during lunch!

The drowned children of Ferry Road, Jackfield

During the winter months the River Severn rises and becomes very treacherous.

It was at such a time that two young twins were playing on the spoil heaps from the Craven-Dunnhill Tile Works when the bank collapsed into the river taking the two boys with it.

They were swept to a point below the footbridge at Jackfield where they were caught in branches from an overhanging tree.

Their bodies were spotted some time later and recovered, still holding hands, from the water.

To this day young children can be heard crying in the house where they were first taken.

Pub where the Devil plays cards

Many years ago the Devil is said to have visited the Boat Inn, Jackfield, just before Christmas to play cards with locals.

It was only when a card dropped to the floor that other players noticed his club foot.

No sooner was this discovered than a great gust of wind blew through the door to sweep the devil out.

More recently the landlady awoke to find a young lady standing beside her bed, beckoning her downstairs.

When she plucked up courage to descend she found a ground floor window forced open although nobody had got in.


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