Tagged with Berkshire history

Ghost Soldiers

Yet another Berkshire tale. The idea of ghosts sticking to old building designs seems fairly common, and intriguing. Not sure if the present inhabitants would have known of the additions, so unclear if such ideas were included for veracity. I wonder if the soldiers felt pain. Also has parallels with the teleporter etc of science … Continue reading

Sheep Stealers

Here’s another item from Tales of Old Berkshire. Sheep stealing was a big deal in the past – they were a good size, often left in open fields, but still moveable. But from the early 18th century theft risked a rope necklace. The first one is of the commmon sort, often put about to keep … Continue reading

A Woman Much Feared

Another snippet from Tales of Old Berkshire. This seems to be cobbled together from several different tales. Maybe there were more than one Maria Hales, or the beer in the region may have been of the strong variety: Maria Hale, a woman who lived at Aldermaston Village, some 120 years ago, was very much feared. … Continue reading

The Witch and a Fallen Bell

This is from Tales of Old Berkshire. It is one of the more confusing stories. I doubt if the river was very deep, so why was this such a disaster to the village? After a terrible storm, long, long ago, the church tower of Kintbury fell, throwing the great bell into the river. A  wizard … Continue reading