Kibworth Harcourt

An account of 1875 speaks of a house at Kibworth known for ‘upwards of half a century’ to be haunted. It is said that one man killed another there, and afterwards ghostly figures were seen fighting, or the noise of fighting or of pacing footsteps was heard. The householder appears to have taken these goings-on calmly, referring to the manifestation simply as ‘the bogey’.

A miller at Kibworth Mill who died as the result of a bet was thought thereafter to walk. At a celebration at the Coach and Horse, he drank gin for a wager, and to make sure he lost his cronies slipped him double measures. He managed to drink them all off and won his bet, but then fell to the floor unconscious. Later, he was pronounced dead, and placed in his coffin. Though noises were allegedly heard coming from the coffin, no one seems to have said anything at the time and he was duly buried. But afterwards, there was a horrified suspicion that he had been buried alive, because his ghost was seen.



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