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East End Of Sunderland – Did She Or Didn’t She?
She had told him that she would return again in a few days. Then, she would tell him things of importance which he could tell no one, except her husband. While the Myrtle was in the dock at Sunderland, she told her brother to keep vigil at her grave on Thursday 23rd. Of course, people found out and hundreds of curious people gathered at Holy Trinity for the manifestation.
When midnight struck on the church clock, all went quiet. When the sound of the last bell peal faded, there suddenly rose from far off a melodious sound which lasting for some minutes. This was accompanied by a searing bright light that bathed all there in its glow.
When the dark and silence returned to the church yard, the people started to walk away, some saying they had expected more and some saying it had been a cunning hoax. The bright lights had been fireworks and the music a distant accordionist. On the whole, most people there were convinced that what they had seen was a visitation from the other side. This includes some clerics. But what we will never know are the secrets that Cairns took to his grave, if any.
Since the old East End of Sunderland has a lot of rich history, let us know of other ghosts from this area.
Dirty Bottles Of Alnwick
In December 1947, an inmate murdered a fellow prisoner in the main wing of Durham Prison with a table knife. One morning, shortly after the murder, wardens discovered a prisoner in the same cell cowering in the corner, gibbering in fear. After the warders calmed him down, he told them he had seen the entire crime re-enacted in front of his eyes.
After objections from several other prisoners who could not force themselves to use the cell, the prison stopped using it. Later, the cell became a storeroom.
Unknown to the Baron, who was waiting at the castle in the Great Hall for the return of his guests, Abigail’s lover was waiting in the woods to ambush the party. This was so he could rescue Abigail and they could escape together. As the hours passed with no sign of the bridal party, the Baron sent his men out to look for them, but they couldn’t find them anywhere. So the Baron sat in the Great Hall and waited.
On the first stroke of midnight, they heard the sound of the castle drawbridge and horses in the courtyard. Then, in total silence the bridal party filed into the Great hall and sat at their places. As the Baron looked at his daughter and friends white and frozen faces he realised they were ghosts. The baron in his shock screamed and then fainted, just as the bridal party vanished.
They killed everyone during the ambush, even Abigail herself. People say that the blood flowed into a hollow stone that now has the name, ‘The Raven’s Stone’. The Baron apparently never recovered. He never spoke again and became paralysed for the rest of his life. On the anniversary of the fateful ambush, they say that you can hear the sound of hooves and harnesses as the bridal party ride through the woods near Featherstonehaugh.
Monkwearmouth Feeding Frenzy
While searching among the foundations, they found the answer for the frightful screams. They discovered that at one time, on the same site, there had been a Benedictine Monastery. Underneath this was a burial site for some of the monks. It should have been a last resting place and refuge for the monks. However, the area was swarming with river rats who were squealing in hunger as they tore into the remains of the monks after burial.
Ghost of Blenkinsopp Castle, Northumberland
Lord Blenkinsopp brought the young lady back to England. They married, and hoped to live happily ever after, but this was not to be. When the new bride learned about her husbands boasts, she became certain he had only married her for her money.
So, the Lady hid her treasure chest in the grounds of Blenkinsopp Castle where her husband could not find it. Her husband became bitter when he discovered what she had done. Whether hurt or humiliated by his wife’s lack of trust, the Lord left the castle and he would never return.
His wife, now regretting what she had done, made every effort to find her husband. But she could not find him anywhere. The Lady died a remorseful and lonely woman. Some say her ghost occasionally haunts the grounds of the ruined castle where she waits to show the way to her buried treasure. Some people believe that her spirit will not rest until someone discovers her treasure and removes it from its hiding place.
Ghostly Shopper In Sunderland
The aythorities demolished the arcade and the British Telecom offices and exchange are now on the site. Reposts suggest that some telecom staff have seen a strange man walking round the building late at night. But he vanishes when they challenge him.