Battlesden House

The grounds of Battlesden House, since demolished, are said to be haunted by the restless ghost of a dishonest steward. He is heard rattling milk pails and crying:

Milk and water sold I ever,
Weight and measure I gave never,
And I shan’t rest, never, never!

The story belongs to a group of international tales concerning ‘The unforgiven dead’, ghosts still atoning for crimes committed during their lives. The dishonest steward is one of several ghosts who confess to selling watered milk. A ghost with a similar ‘cry’ is Old Molly Lee at Burslem, Staffordshire.

SEE ALSO:

SOURCE:

Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
Copyright © Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson 2005, 2008

Related Articles

Glowrowram

In a green lane called Petty Lane at Glowrowram, near Chester-le-Street, used to be seen the ghost of a woman. When approached, the figure would…

Wymondham

Platts Stile on the footpath from Wymondham to Edmondthorpe was said to be haunted. Within living memory, said Roy Palmer in 1985, children were told…

Bridport

Writing in 1922, J. S. Udal records that it was thought in the 1880s that Bagley House near Bridport had long been haunted by a…

Pimperne

According to tales collected orally around 1970, something invisible, but which drags rattling chains, can be heard running wildly from Letton Hill to Pimperne; those…