Ghosts from Berkshire Places
Beginning with 'G'
In the early 20th century, Ginge
Manor had an unenviable reputation as a haunted house. Though it seems to
have been rarely seen. Local tradition holds that it was the spirit of one
of two brothers, named Butt or Tubb, who was killed in a fratricidal
quarrel. Lord Ernle, the owner, once had a dream which appeared to feature
the two men sitting round a large oak table in a stone flagged kitchen.
One was a huge burly chap and the other thin and wiry. They argued
furiously until, just as his Lordship felt sure that one was about to
murder the other, he suddenly woke up!
In the Old Bell Inn, after
rebuilding had taken place, the landlord and his wife were disturbed by
noises in the bar like hammering and furniture being shifted. They later
found that chairs had been moved out of position. This occurring
repeatedly, their scared children were taken at night by a neighbour. A
bag of old coins was eventually found amongst thatch from the former roof,
stacked in the yard. The landlady put some of the coins in a desk which
she found she could not open again and, afraid, she gave it away. The rest
of the hoard was distributed amongst customers and the disturbances
In the 1970s, a Swindon railway
worker accompanied his father to the Newbury Races. Having little interest
in horse racing, he spent the day watching the trains on the nearby track.
He was delighted to see that one of them was his favourite engine, the
‘Western Princess’ which he had understood to have been taken out of
service. Back in Wiltshire, he discovered from a colleague that his
initial instincts were correct. The engine was being broken up at the
exact time that it had been seen near Newbury!
In 1969, one of the hangars at the
old airfield was used by the Atomic Energy authority as an irradiation
plant. On several occasions, employees working on the night shift heard
the sound of a group of chattering voices in the hangar, outside the
office. Yet there was no-one there. Later it was discovered that an
American serviceman had hanged himself in the hangar during the Second
World War. Were the ghostly voices those of his shocked discoverers?
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