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Thursday, 9 October 2003

Haunting experiences

Ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night have fascinated Mankind since the dawn of history.

Have you seen a spook or felt a phantom presence?

We are looking to include your best ghost stories in our Ghost Week later this month in the run-up to Hallowe'en.

Dorset and the New Forest have had their fair share of spectral sightings.

There have been reports of phantasmal hooded priests, Roman soldiers, horse-drawn carriages and mysterious mists.

As recently as 1980, the ghostly figure of a man dressed in a raincoat has been seen walking by the Bourne Stream at Coy Pond.

He is said to vanish whenever witnesses get close.

At Scaplens Court in Poole, once a town house and now a museum, the ghost of a woman thought to be maid Agnes Beard, who was brutally murdered there in 1598, has been seen walking across the courtyard.

Then there's the headless woman at Corfe Castle; the chilling sound of youngsters playing at a Poole hotel where, it is said, a former landlord imprisoned two deformed children; and the spirit of a pet monkey who starved to death hundreds of years ago in Athelhampton Hall - the legends go on and on.

Every day during Ghost Week, we will be relating some of the ghost tales from across this area to get you in the Hallowe'en spirit.

Britain is said to have more ghosts per square mile than any other country. And with so much supernatural activity there's a chance Echo reporters could find themselves with uninvited guests when they stay in some of this area's most haunted spots.

We are sending staff to spend the night in places spooks have been seen or heard, including the Echo and Adver-tiser offices in Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, and Poole's High Street.
And as long as they return to tell the tale, you can read their reports every day in the Daily Echo from Monday, October 27, to Friday, October 31.

Send your chilling ghost tales to Melanie Warman, Newsroom, Daily Echo, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6HH or e-mail melanie.warman@bournemouthecho.co.uk

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 9th Oct 2003

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