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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.

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Latest blog posts

Tintern Abbey and the Ghostly Monks

Tintern Abbey and the Ghostly Monks

After a most successful chat about podcasts and ghosts, my friend, fantastic Welsh storyteller Owen Statton, and I decided it was time for our first real-life meet up and a trip out to somewhere spooky, historical and folklorish. But where to go? Between the south of Wales and Wiltshire, the choices are endless. And so, we decided, let’s meet on the borderlands. If you’ve read some of my other blogs here you may remember I had a chat with Owen...

Summer Solstice and Stonehenge

Summer Solstice and Stonehenge

As a glorious bubble of high pressure settles over the magical British Isles, the sun continues its climb into the blue sky and reaches the furthest point from the equator in its annual cycle. On this day of light, the 21st of June, we celebrate the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, Midsummer’s Day. For many centuries, the people of our ancient lands have acknowledged and celebrated the power of the sun. After all, life depends on...

A ghost of the recently deceased

A ghost of the recently deceased

Scott contacted me through Twitter after reading my blog. He admitted he had stories about strange events in his life. And it is only now that he is exploring the spiritual realm and wondering if there was some more to his experiences. Some kind of otherworldliness. Here, in Scott’s words is the first of his stories. So, in 1998 my job was asbestos removal. I worked all over the UK. In October 1998 the company that I had been working for were...

Oak Apple Day ‘Grovely, Grovely and all Grovely!’

Oak Apple Day ‘Grovely, Grovely and all Grovely!’

As part of my Weird Wiltshire journey, I have found out about many old traditions and celebrations, heading back centuries, that have simply ceased to be. Indeed, in the village where I live, the annual carnival held in September, which has been going on for over one hundred years, is in danger of just not happening anymore. It costs money to run, there aren’t enough people to organise it and these days, it’s tied up with red tape. When it...

Cley Hill – Elementals, UFOs and the Devil

Cley Hill – Elementals, UFOs and the Devil

Standing to the West of the Wiltshire town of Warminster stands Cley Hill. Rising out of the landscape, this large hill sits 239 meters high, with some people describing it as looking like a woman's breast! I'm not sure about that but I know this; there is plenty of history associated with Cley Hill. There's a good dollop of folklore involving the Devil, some ghostly Fae tales and some other strangeness. It even holds the status as one of the...

Drakes – Ghostly Goings on at a Plumbing Merchants

Drakes – Ghostly Goings on at a Plumbing Merchants

When you head onto your local industrial estate and see the reasonably modern buildings, you’ll notice they are all places of work. Businesses offering services and goods. It’s precisely where you’d find plumbing supplies and bathroom showrooms. Drakes is a Southeast England chain of stores selling everything you need plumbing-wise. From boilers to baths, smart meters to showers and everything in between. And this is where we are heading today....

The Lost Village of Imber

The Lost Village of Imber

I think most people would agree that the British Isles are pretty crowded. Annoyingly so at times. Sixty million of us live here, so as you can imagine, pockets of land untouched by humans are rare. Quiet areas are also becoming fewer and fewer, but then we do all live on a small central island and a few tiny ones. Although there are thought to be over 3000 lost settlements across our wonderous lands, there are very few abandoned villages left....

Swindon Old Town Ghosts – Newport Street

Swindon Old Town Ghosts – Newport Street

It's time to find out about the Swindon Old Town ghosts and so, I'd like to introduce you to Siân. She is a Weird Wiltshire reader and she saw my request for reader's ghost stories on one of my blogs. And YOU! Yes, You! If you have a story yourself, please get in touch. I'd love to hear it! As it happens, Siân has quite a few stories so she is going to popping up here a few times over the next couple of months. Here's her first one about her...

Walking the Paths of Our Ancestors Part Three

Walking the Paths of Our Ancestors Part Three

The Avebury Stone Circles Did you happen to join me on my last two visits to the Avebury Stone Circles? If that’s the case, you will already know about my walks around the area, visiting the magical and prehistoric sites associated with the Avebury. In my latest blog in this series, Walking the Paths of Our Ancestors, I will concentrate on the actual stone circles of Avebury rather than the surrounding mysteries. I’m not even going to tell you...

Swindon Hauntings – One Man’s Experiences

Swindon Hauntings – One Man’s Experiences

This is the story of one man’s ghostly experiences from his time growing up in Swindon, the large sprawling town in North Wiltshire, famous for various good and bad reasons! And for it's Swindon hauntings of course. Tony is now semi-retired and living in beautiful Wales. He got in contact with me because he had some experiences he wanted to share. It was clear to me, as we began to talk, that this was a somewhat uncomfortable subject for Tony...

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