With the Chilterns Tourism Net­work


Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND - Mary Tebje is press of­fi­cer for 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/

Please share your top picks for lo­cal places to see and ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy all year round.

You will find us on twit­ter Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram and if you use the hash­tag, we’ll share the best of your con­tri­bu­tions.

Have a wan­der around Hugh­en­den Manor and you may run into the ghost of a for­mer Prime Min­is­ter

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