Friday, 14 December 2012

Oddities and Dark Spaces.


Oddities and Dark Spaces
by Barry Van-Asten






The grave of the poet Edmund Blunden at Long Melford




Edmund Blunden 1896-1974




The Church of Holy Trinity at Long Melford





Long Melford Church built between 1467-97 




St Peters Church, Sudbury built in the 15th Century 
 



Garden at Delapre Abbey, Northampton 
'Woman and the Fish' sculpture by the British artist
Frank Dobson RA 1888-1963.
The Abbey and the grounds are
reputedly haunted.
 
 
 
 
The Naval Prison, Bodmin Jail, Cornwall.
The Naval Prison was opened in 1887 for
the detention of Navy personnel.
 
 
 
 
Cell Door, Bodmin Jail.
The Jail was built in 1779 for King George III.
 
 
 
 
The Hanging Yard, Bodmin Jail.
The door above the arched gateway is where
prisoners would have been hung, dropping to
their death below.
 
 
 
 
The Door of Death
 
 
 
 
Entrance to Bodmin Jail, Cornwall
 
 
 
 
Garden, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
 
 
 
 
The Angel Hotel, Helston, Cornwall.
The Angel Hotel is a 16th Century former home of the Godophin
family. It is said to be named after the Archangel Michael who
defeated the Devil. It has been an excise house and temporary
gaol for smugglers. In April 1975, Valentine Ohlenschlager
the landlord was murdered, shot five times by a member of staff.
 
 
 
The Blue Anchor Inn, Helston, Cornwall.
Possibly the oldest private brewery in the country!
 
 
 
The Inn was originally a monk's rest home which in the 15th
Century became a tavern. Local miners received their wages
inside the thatched pub.
 
 
 
Entrance and passageway to the 'Old Blue'.
At the end of the passage on the left, up the steps, is the
small brewery, next to the old skittle alley. The famous
beer known as 'Spingo' comes in three strengths.
 
 
 
The room to the left of the passage.
In 1717 the landlord was stabbed to death after
getting involved in an argument. In August 1791,
Jimmy James the landlord had his head fractured
with a bayonet by two soldiers named Ben Willoughby
and John Taylor in a bar-room dispute. 
 
 
 
Ben Willoughby was hanged at Bodmin Jail.
 
 
 
 
The bar on the right of the passage.
In 1828 a man fell to his death in the well and in 1849,
landlord James Judd hanged himself in the skittle alley!
 
 
 
 
The haunted garden at Hinton Ampner House, Hampshire.
 
 
 
 
Angel
 
 
 
 
Swanshurst Park, Birmingham.
At the end of this path stood the old boathouse.
It was here in the early 1990's that I and another
witness saw the lower limbs of a ghostly apparition,
standing still, and on our approach, they faded away.
On another occasion, at the same location, I and the
same witness saw a 'ghostly' male figure walk towards
us and vanish on passing behind us.
Swanshurst Pool, also previously known as Grove
Pool, Moseley New Pool and Swanshurst Slade Pool,
was created in 1759 as a fish pond by Henry Giles.
 
 
 
 
The Magician
(self portrait)
the magician holds aloft the sword
and upon his altar is the Holy cup,
the wand, the Holy oil and incense.
 
 
 
 
North Yorkshire
 
 
 
Mossy dell
near Bridge End Cottage Footpath, North Yorkshire
 
 
 
 
Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire.
 
 
 
 
 Nan Tuck's Lane, East Sussex.
Nan Tuck was a 17th Century resident of Buxted in East Sussex.
She was accused of witchcraft and of poisoning her husband to death.
 
 
 
 
 
When the murder was discovered, Nan attempted to seek sanctuary
 in Buxted Church. She did not make it there and was chased into
the woods. 
 
 
 
 
 According to one account, Nan was found hanging in the woods. 
Nan's ghost is said to haunt the area near Potter's Green and the
lane which bears her name. Her ghost is said to chase unfortunate
ones who walk along the lane or go into the woods!
 
 
 
Tickerage Mill, East Sussex.
The actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) lived here. She married
and divorced Laurence Olivier and her ashes were scattered on
the lake.
 
 
 
Blackboys Inn, East Sussex.
This 14th Century Inn is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a
previous Inn-keeper's daughter named Ann Starr who died in
childbirth at the age of 39 in 1804.
 
 
 
 
Blackboys Inn.
 
 
 
 
St Mary's churchyard at Whitby
 
 
 
 
 
Whitby Abbey
 
 
 
 
 
The beautiful but eerie interior of Bagdale Olde Hall,
an old Tudor Manor House in Whitby
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bagdale Hall (now a Hotel and Restaurant) is Whitby's
oldest building built in 1516
 
 
 
 
 
The Hall is haunted by the ghost of Captain Brown Bushell
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bushell was a pirate at the time of the English Civil War (1642-1651)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bushell regularly swapped sides between the royalists
and the parliamentarians!
 
 
 
 
 
 
He was beheaded at Scarborough Castle!
 
 
 
 
 
His headless ghost still walks the corridors
at Bagdale Olde Hall!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
all images Copyright Barry Van-Asten

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