Ghosts, murder and a legal first

Haddenham's spooky past is revealed in a book published in time for Halloween
Haddenham's spooky past is revealed in a book published in time for Halloween
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WITH Halloween nearly upon us a book, we take a look at a book that has been published which talks about our area’s spooky and haunted history.

Rupert Matthews’ Haunted Places of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire speaks about a famous incident involving a ghost which took place in Haddenham.

In 1848, an account of supernatural happenings formed part of a murder trial which went down as a first in English legal history.

According to Matthews, the ghost of a farmer who failed to return home from market appeared to his wife, telling her where his body could be found.

Apparently the ghost pointed her in the direction of the stream on Thame Road where his body was later found.

It transpired he had been killed by two men who, after a trial in which the wife told her story, were later hanged.

Haunted places of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire is published by Countryside Books.