The Headless Victim
Places to Go
may not be able to see Hampden Pye’s ghost any more, but you can still
visit the churchyard in Faringdon that he used to frequent.
All Saints Church stands at the head of the little town of
Faringdon, across the top of the market place with its delightful little
market-hall. It is one of the richest churches in Berkshire if you are
looking for history. Amongst its memorials are several to the Pye family.
Faringdon House is very close by to the north of the church, and there is
a fine view from the churchyard. Unfortunately, however,
this was not the building in which Hampden lived. It was built by
one of the later Pyes between 1780 and 1785.
Ingoldsby Legends” was a very popular book in Victorian times and old
copies are quite common. The poetic “Legend of Hamilton Tighe” appears
in his first series and, though rather short,
is well worth a read:
Admiral, Lady and hairy-faced man
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