It's Saturday night so let's have a ghost story for 30th January...
The ghost is that of Lady Gertrude Wintour who haunts her former home Huddington Court (pictured), near Worcester in the west of England mourning, the passing of her husband Robert Wintour who was gruesomely executed for treason in 1606 for his part in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James the First. Gertrude’s ghost is said to been seen every 30th of January which is the anniversary of Robert’s execution by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
Lovers of irony may appreciate the fact that exactly 43 years later, on 30th January 1649, King James’ son King Charles the First was separated his head when he was executed for treason by the forces of Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentary Party.
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Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and rogues, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. He now lives in a barn on a ley-line in rural East Anglia. His latest book is The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle: Wraiths, Werewolves & Other Weird Tales from the Yorkshire Wolds (Haunted Landscapes Volume 2)
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
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