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  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141920740
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

The Penguin Book Of Ghosts



Shiver at the story of the malevolent apparition of 50 Berkeley Square no one has survived seeing.

Listen for the tapping cane, when Jeremy Bentham's mummified body walks through the corridors of University College.

Watch out for the Roman centurion who still patrols the causeway linking Mersea Island to Essex.

Shudder at the ghosts of kings and queens that keep returning to their old home at Windsor.

Beware the black dog of Shap Fell: a sighting presages fatal accidents.

England's history echoes with stories of unquiet spirits and hauntings, of headless highwaymen and grey ladies, of premonitions of death and indelible blood-stains. Here, county by county and place by place, Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson gather together all the most interesting supernatural tales from The Lore of the Land. From a ghostly army marching across Cumbria to landlords' appeals against rates (because no one will rent their haunted house), from the phantom hitchhiker of the Blackwall Tunnel to Francis Drake's drum summoning him when England is in danger, these fascinating and unforgettable stories are part of our legendary past - and present.
%%%Shiver at the story of the malevolent apparition of 50 Berkeley Square no one has survived seeing.
Listen for the tapping cane, when Jeremy Bentham's mummified body walks through the corridors of University College.
Watch out for the Roman centurion who still patrols the causeway linking Mersea Island to Essex.
Shudder at the ghosts of kings and queens that keep returning to their old home at Windsor.
Beware the black dog of Shap Fell: a sighting presages fatal accidents.
England's history echoes with stories of unquiet spirits and hauntings, of headless highwaymen and grey ladies, of premonitions of death and indelible blood-stains. Here, county by county and place by place, Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson gather together all the most interesting supernatural tales from The Lore of the Land. From a ghostly army marching across Cumbria to landlords' appeals against rates (because no one will rent their haunted house), from the phantom hitchhiker of the Blackwall Tunnel to Francis Drake's drum summoning him when England is in danger, these fascinating and unforgettable stories are part of our legendary past - and present.

  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141920740
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the authors

Jacqueline Simpson

Dr Jacqueline Simpson was born in 1930 and studied English Literature and Medieval Icelandic at Bedford College, University of London. She has been an active member of the Folklore Society since the 1960s, having served at various times as Editor, Secretary and President. She also belongs to the Viking Society for Northern Research. She is particularly interested in local legends, both English and Scandinavian. Her books include British Dragons (1980), Scandinavian Folktales(1988), A Dictionary of English Folklore (2000, with Steve Roud), The Lore of the Land (2005, with Jennifer Westwood) and The Folklore of the Discworld (2008, with Terry Pratchett). She is a member of the Ghosts and Scholars Society and the Dracula Society. She lives in Sussex.

Date: 2013-08-06
Dr Jacqueline Simpson was born in 1930 and studied English Literature and Medieval Icelandic at Bedford College, University of London. She has been an active member of the Folklore Society since the 1960s, having served at various times as Editor, Secretary and President. She also belongs to the Viking Society for Northern Research.She is particularly interested in local legends, both English and Scandinavian. Her books include British Dragons (1980), Scandinavian Folktales (1988), A Dictionary of English Folklore (2000, with Steve Roud), The Lore of the Land (2005, with Jennifer Westwood) and The Folklore of the Discworld (2008, with Terry Pratchett). She is a member of the Ghosts and Scholars Society and the Dracula Society. She lives in Sussex.

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