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Welcome to Weird Wiltshire

Weird Wiltshire is a county steeped in ancient history. Tales of legends, ghosts and folklore abound this area in the South West of England. Ancient monuments, ruinous castles, stately homes and humble cottages fill the beautiful rolling downlands.

In my quest to find strange and unusual tales, I explore stories of ghosts and the paranormal, folklore, history and anything weird, found in Wiltshire and beyond. I’ll be sharing spooky tales from around the world too!

Mixing first-hand accounts from those willing to share their stories and exploring yarns and mysteries from past times, I bring together a collection of  stories and true tales for you to explore.

You can follow me on Twitter or contact me here. It would be good to hear from you! 

 

 

Latest blog posts

Twin Boys or a Technical Glitch?

Twin Boys or a Technical Glitch?

If you follow me over on Twitter, you may recall this photo of twin boys being posted earlier this year. It was sent to me with a rather strange backstory that needed further investigation. Following some digging, the lady (named J as she wishes to remain anonymous) and I have decided to keep an open mind on the matter! Have a read and see what you think. J contacted me and sent me this photo. It was taken roughly five to seven years ago at...

What happened in this council house in Essex?

What happened in this council house in Essex?

Once in a while I come across a ghost story that just gives me the chills. Especially if it comes from a person who is sceptical about all things paranormal. For me, it lends credibility. It's not a story set in some historical manor house or castle with a bloody and lively history. It's just an ordinary council house in Essex. Likely built after World War 2 to house Londoners, displaced after The Blitz. Why would someone write a story, based...

Who are the Moonrakers of Wiltshire?

Who are the Moonrakers of Wiltshire?

If you ever visit Wiltshire, you may hear or see the term 'Moonrakers'. It's the name used to describe anyone born in the county. There's a rather charming folk tale associated with this name. Wiltshire was well known throughout Europe for the supreme wool quality produced during the 15th to 18th centuries. Flemish and Dutch traders were based in Swindon in the north of the county. These merchants turned a good profit from their wool trade and...

Where is Weird Wiltshire?

Where is Weird Wiltshire?

Most people probably know where the ancient county of Wiltshire is. Although, some may not! So, where is Weird Wiltshire? It's the most easterly county in the 'South West' of England and is landlocked by Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It's a rural place, mainly made up of rolling chalk downland and farmland. There are some large towns; Trowbridge, Chippenham, Devizes and Swindon being the largest....

The Spooky Ghosts of Devizes!

The Spooky Ghosts of Devizes!

Slap bang in the middle of Weird Wiltshire sits the historic and beautiful market town of Devizes. It is literally dripping with stories of the paranormal. There are so many unexplained tales of the ghosts of Devizes; if I covered them all now, you would be reading this blog post through to next year! So today, I’ll tell you about just some of them. The origins of Devizes are pretty hazy. What is clear is that it is an ancient place, inhabited...

A Mummified Hand at The Haunch of Venison Salisbury

A Mummified Hand at The Haunch of Venison Salisbury

Why is a strange mummified hand under lock and key in an old bread oven in The Haunch of Venison Salisbury pub? I found out! And it wasn’t just a shrivelled hand that made this very old inn a curious place to visit... Originally the building was used to house craftsmen working on the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. It dates back to 1320. The building wasn’t licenced until approximately 200 years later when it became a brothel and eventually an...

Sharing Spring Cottage

Sharing Spring Cottage

This is a personal tale about a farm cottage, called Spring Cottage, in Chilmark, Wiltshire that I rented with my boyfriend. It was a quaint little two-bedroom cottage with small windows and thick stone walls, dated 1876. We were looking to move out of Salisbury into one of the quiet villages in the South West of Wiltshire. I had lived in various cottages in the villages surrounding Salisbury as there were always plenty of rental properties...

Searching for Kitt’s Grave and the Ghosts of Bowerchalke

Searching for Kitt’s Grave and the Ghosts of Bowerchalke

Confusion surrounds the story and location of Kitt’s Grave. It’s often the case when investigating stories from the past. Tales based on real-life events were rarely recorded on paper and there was no internet! Evidence is often scant. Their existence today relies upon ‘word of mouth' with the stories passed from generation to generation being embellished and changed over time. It seems this may be the case with the story of Kitt’s Grave but I...

The Haunted Bartender

The Haunted Bartender

I'm happy to announce I have been granted an exclusive interview with Barnesy, otherwise known as The Haunted Bartender. Originally from a small village in North Wiltshire called Aldbourne, The Haunted Bartender has been working in the hospitality trade for over 30 years, managing pubs and hotels throughout the West Country. Barnesy has collated tales of reportedly haunted drinking establishments from around England and bought them together on...

Sign of the Angel, Lacock Ghost

Sign of the Angel, Lacock Ghost

Haunted Pubs of Weird Wiltshire Series The Sign of the Angel, Lacock ghost has been seen on a few occasions and is even advertised on their sign by the door. It's not surprising this pub has at least one ghost, given it's history! It's a well preserved example if one of the many old pubs and inns you can find across weird Wiltshire. At this present time, the pub count in Wiltshire is around 920. Being such an ancient county, quite a few of them...