Introduction

Hi and welcome to my site.
Cheshire is full of weird and wonderful stories of the supernatural, local heores and the mysterious.
I will take you on a tour as I look deep into the Cheshire that lies underneath the wonderful countryside and find the secrets that still hide there.
What magic and long lost secrets will we find?
So, sit back and enjoy my journey. This is a land of Magic, Knights, Dragons, Wizards, Witches, Boggarts, Murder, Ghosts and Old Forgotten Knowledge.


I would love to hear your stories as well. So if you have anything you would like me to look into and find information out, please let me know.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Hannah Wright

The year was 1791. Times were hard and many children and adults lived in Workhouses. These poor people wouldhave had no where else to go. They would have been the lowest of the low.





People ended up in workhouses for different reasons. A lot of women ended up there because their husband may hae died and the house in which they lived may have been part of his job (ie gamekeeper). Landlords would evict the woman and children and replace them with the next employe and their families, sometimes within a week of the death. The woman would have to leave on very short notice and she would only be able to leave with anything she could carry. How would you feel to be suddenly be kicked out of your home with such short notice with nowhere else to go. Some children would be sent to the workhouse by their mothers while they found work and somewhere else to live. If times were hard, children were sent to the workhouse by both parents if they could not afford to feed them anymore. Even whole families would enter these workhouses when they couldnt afford a place to live or find work.



These large buildings were mostly full of diease and dirty. Meals were poor. A bed was something you dreamt about. Families were split up, men, women and children lived in seperate parts of the building. Many people were used as slaves in the local town and this was perhapes the case in this story.



This was poor Hannah's fate. She was twenty years old and she worked in the town's cotton mill. She would then return to the workhouse. She would have worked twelve hours or more each day or night. She may have worked there from an early age or been brought in from another area against her will.



But at the later part of 1790, Hannah disappeared and no one knew if she had runaway or something had happened to her. She would not have been a healthy lady and we do know she had small pox.



On January 18th, 1791, a notice was placed about Hannah. It read : A FEW MONTHS AGO, FROM THE COTTON MANUFACTORY IN NANTWICH, IN THE COUNTY OF CHESTER ... HANNAH WRIGHT, AN INDENTURED APPRENTICE TO RALPH FOGG, AGED ABOUT TWENTY YEARS, TALL IN PERSON AND RATHER LUSTY, OF A LIGHT COMPLEXION, AND VERY MUCH PITTED WITH THE SMALL-POX. IT IS PRESUMED SHE IS WORKING IN SOME COTTON MANUFACTORY AS A JENNY SPINNER. ANY PERSON GIVING INFORMATION WHERE THE SAID HANNAH WRIGHT MAY BE FOUND, SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD OF TEN GUINEAS BY APPLYING TO THE SAID MANUFACTORY, OR TO RALPH FOGG, COTTON MERCHANT IN MANCHESTER. IT IS EXPECTED THAT NO PERSON WILL RETAIN THE SAID APPRENTICE IN HIS SERVICE AFTER THIS NOTICE.

JANUARY 18, 1791







What happened to Hannah Wright and why offer a reward for her?

Maybe we will never find out but I would like to think she ended up with a better life.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The Ghostly Fire.

This next tale comes from the west of Nantwich, near to the Shropshire Union Canal.

On a foggy evening in December 1959. A man from Wrexham was visiting a family member in Acton. His cousin lived on a farm a mile away and so he decieded to walk over there and see him.

As he walked down a lane, he saw a farmhouse/cottage on fire. Worried that it could be his cousin's house, he ran towards it. As he reached the property, he saw a woman wearing a shawl. She screamed at him "my baby is in there. Please save him". He fought his way through the smoke and flames but had to leave the property. He emerged out of the smoke only to find that the woman had gone. He passed out and when he came to, a short time later, he found himself in an open field. No flames, smoke or burnt out building to be seen. The fog had also cleared.

He made his way to his cousin's house but by this time it was 3am.

The following day, this gentleman and his cousin were enjoying a pint in a local pub, they were talking about what had happened and were overheard by the landlady. She told them that over a hundred years ago, a cottage had burnt down killing the baby son of a farmer. The mother had tried to save her baby. The farmer was not at home because he had been visiting his mistress. In fact, many suspected hat he had started the fire to kill his wife and the baby. The farmer claimed that the baby was not his. The landlady also told them that many other people had seen the phantom fire while crossing the field where the cottage had stood.



I will look into this tale and find out as much info as I can. I will try and find the exact position of the cottage and send in my team for a paranormal investigation.

The murder of Marie Bradshaw.

This is a sad tale from not so long ago. There may be a few people who remember this happening or know about the people involved. If so, if they know anything about this, please get in contact with me.

This murder/love story comes from Crewe.

George and Marie Bradshaw lived in Bury,Lancs and had been married since 1948. They had two children, a boy and girl. But George had many affairs and by the middle of 1953, their marriage was in trouble.

It was around this time that Marie started her affair with Milton Taylor ( a farm labour).

By January 1954, George and Marie had had a fight and George left. He returned home a few days later, only to find Marie and Milton in bed together. Of course a row broke out and this time Marie left with Milton. She left her children behind and went to live with Milton in a flat in Underwood Lane, Crewe.

On the 20th February 1954, George found out where they lived and went to plea for his wife to return home. He went to the flat only to find that they had gone out but he was told that they had gone for a walk in Queen's Park.

He found them in the park and pleaded with his wife to go back home with him. She told him that she was expecting Milton's baby and that the only way she would return home to him was in a box. This would prove to be so true. If only she had known, would she had returned home to her children. George left them both in the park and returned home to Bury.

That night, Marie and Milton packed up their belongings at the flat and caught the last bus to Nantwich. WHY? Did they fear that George would return? They must have feared something cause they left without having anywhere else to go. They spent that night in an isolated farm hut just off the Middlewich road. We dont know what happened in that hut but it was Marie's last night alive.

About 10am, the following day, Milton ran to an agricultural hostel in Park road, Nantwich and told a local farm worker John Lee Mann that he had killed Marie. Milton was upset and crying. He showed John his blooded hands and cried " Im in trouble, I have killed Marie, I strangled her". He explained that he strangled her with his tie. But where did the blood come from? He even told John what time he had killed Marie, about 8.30am that morning.

John Mann took him to Nantwich Police Station. Sergant T.S.Shone and Inspector H.A.Murray went to find Marie's body and returned at 4.30pm. They charged Milton with murder.

The trail started on 2nd June 1954 at Chester. Milton pleaded not guilty because hid counsel Edmund Davies QC claimed that Milton was not in his correct state of mind.

Milton was found guilty and he was hung at Walton Prison, Liverpool on 29th June 1954.

Marie's body was returned to her husband and so that her statement that she screamed out to her husband in Queen's Park on their last meeting came true. She returned in a coffin.


There is a ghost story of a white lady around the park and these spectre's are associated with sorrow and loss of a loved one esp a child. Does Marie still visit her last place of happiness and moarn the loss of her unborn child and the two children she left behind.