October is Mystery Month

With Halloween approaching, I thought this a good time of year to reveal some of the local “weird” stories reported by residents over the years.

Many of the older stories go back years to a time before we were born but have been passed down through families & kept “alive”!

Some of you will have heard of the headless horseman who travels down Coldmoorholme lane in Bourne End, continuing straight on when he comes to the right-hand bend in the road. Some people say he is a cavalier perhaps aiming to stable his horse & down a flagon of beer at Old Thatch which was once a drinking house. Or perhaps it is Dick Turpin who is reported to have stayed there when it was an Inn & stabled his horse, Black Bess in the grounds.

Sightings of Roman centurions have also been reported around the area off Waborne Road & Roman Way in Bourne End. Many Roman remains including lead coffins & pottery were discovered in the area in 1949, hence the name, Roman Way. I found the following more than a little interesting on the Bucks County Council website, as it is my next door neighbour’s garden!

“Dimensions – Length 0213 cm Width 0076 Depth/Thickness 0046 LEAD COFFIN FOUND WHILE CUTTING SEWER TRENCH IN GARDEN OF 48 BLIND LANE, C.1.5M BELOW SURFACE. REMOVED BY POLICE (B1-5). DIMENSIONS AS ABOVE (B1). COFFIN BADLY DECAYED & CRUMBLED WHEN LIFTED (B1). CONTAINED SKELETON OF MALE, 45-55 YRS, C1.55M TALL WITH LEG FRACTURE & MALFORMED & DISEASED SPINE (B1-3).”

img008Anyway… (I get sidetracked far too easily!) Each week I am going to post a strange but true story that has happened to someone locally in more recent years.

If you have also had a strange experience please get in touch, meanwhile keep an eye out for the first report later this week.

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