Tuesday, 28 February 2012
I think that, living as I do in ancient Totnes, I really need to share some ghost stories with you!
This view of Totnes Castle, which towers above the rooftops, was taken from my kitchen window. While Totnes dates back to the Saxons, it was in Norman times that the stone circular keep you can see here appeared.
Not far from the Castle stands a lovely old inn dating back to the fourteenth century. The Kingsbridge Inn in Leechwell Street is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Totnes - often the scene of unexplained apparitions and odd happenings.
Mary Brown, a seventeenth century barmaid, is thought to have been seduced and subsequently murdered by the landlord - then buried in the building's walls.
Mary is a persistent ghost who seems to reveal herself chiefly to women. If true, might this be because of her ill-treatment by a man? She is often seen standing at the bar and gliding through to the kitchen, where - back in the 1980s - the chef and waiting staff grew accustomed to seeing her.
The owners' dog back then - also seemingly aware of a presence - would bark at empty tables, as did the dogs living in the pub more recently. A former landlady and her mother both saw the woman, who wore her hair in a bun.
these ghost stories. Would you like some more?