Churches, Graveyards & a Ghost
is full of churches; from the great cathedrals of the county towns to the smallest
church, which for centuries has been at the centre of village-life, is often a
of history and tradition, with its parish records
, its bells, its stained glass
windows and the memorial brasses
set in its flagstones.
Kirk in Edinburgh has a graveyard with particularly
was the haunt
of Burke and Hare, the Edinburgh body-snatchers
To avoid bodies being dug up and used for medical research the parishioners built a watchtower to make sure that no one interfered with the graves.
church with strong literary associations is Holy Trinity at Stratford-upon-Avon.
is the burial place
of William Shakespeare.
too seems to have been worried
by the thought that his body might be dug up.
verse on his tomb puts a curse on anyone attempting to do so
brings us to our ghost-story.
the 1600s there was a man in Somerset, called Theophilis Bloom, who, for reasons of his own
his body should be buried in the village
churchyard, his head should be cut off and places in a cupboard in the adjoining
the years a number of attempts
have been made to reunite
the head with the body.
on each occasion something sinister has occurred
the head has never been buried.
a toothless skull
it remains in its cupboard where it looks as though