With the Chilterns Tourism Network
THE Chilterns has its fair share of highwaymen, ghostly riders and good old-fashioned mystery – even teams of horses and their coaches haunting some country lanes or waiting to pick up passengers outside The Greyhound in Chalfont St Peter.
There are far too many to include here, so I’ve picked some of my favourites – but I can’t say I’ll be out searching for them this Halloween.
Ellen Sadler, sometimes called The Sleeping Girl of Turville, was a resident of Turville. In 1871, aged 11, she purportedly fell asleep and did not wake for nine years. The case attracted international attention from newspapers, medical professionals and the public, and the unfortunate girl became a tourist attraction, with her family earning as much as £2 a week from curious visitors.
The Sadler family home became known as ‘Sleepy Cottage’, and was used for filming of the BBC sit-com The Vicar of Dibley.
If you fancy a spooky walk this weekend, see if you can find the places where the scenes from the film Sleepy Hollow were filmed, among the ancient Frithsden Beeches.
Inside a glass case at St Peter’s Church, in Marlow, is a mummified hand, found in an old iron chest by workmen digging at Reading Abbey in 1786.
The hand, it is claimed, belonged to the Apostle James; a strange enough claim, but how it ended up in Marlow is unclear.
Hughenden Manor has a very famous resident ghost – a former Prime Minister no less.
The most common sightings occur on the main staircase, where visitors have reported seeing a dandyish figure standing and smiling at them. Most assume that it is a member of staff in historical costume, not realising they are looking at Benjamin Disraeli.
There is a lovely, yet spooky walk along the atmospheric and aptly named coffin path, into the wood once worked by itinerant bodgers.
For more visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ article-1356404612137/
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Have a wander around Hughenden Manor and you may run into the ghost of a former Prime Minister