A contributor to the Gentleman’s Magazine in 1790 sent the editor a brief account of ‘the very best ghost which ever made its appearance in England’. He writes:

It appeared for several years but very seldom, only in the church porch at Kilncote, in Leicestershire, and was discovered by a lady now living, and then the rector’s wife.

N.B. It was not a ghost that could appear ad libitum; sometimes it did not appear for four years. The lady determined to approach it; and the nearer she advanced, the more confident she was that the substance or shade of a human figure was before her.

This is a convincing account of an alleged supernatural encounter, not because it was the rector’s wife that saw the ghost, but because no attempt is made to give it a life history to justify its presence.



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