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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 terminated.


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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