In the 1950s and ’60s, members of Women’s Institutes in Cheshire compiled two volumes of ‘village memories’, which include many interesting items of tradition and belief. Among these is the claim that there is a bottle buried under the doorstep of the entrance to the Combermere Arms Hotel, in which two clergymen once imprisoned a ghost which had been troubling the place. If it is ever broken, the ghost will return, worse than ever. Stories on this theme seem to have been especially popular in the western counties in the early nineteenth century, so it seems likely that this tale may b equally old, though only recorded in the mid twentieth century.
Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson –
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