Laying isolated and in a state of complete ruin Minsden Chapel has been a place of worship and odd occurrences since the 14th century.
The Chapel can be found in the hamlet of Chapelfoot, near Preston, in Hertfordshire. Partly surrounded by a small wood, it is only accessible only by foot, the under growth can be heavy going at times.
Misden Chapel was built in the 14th century, and over the next three hundred years was used for a whole range of religious ceremonies. In the 18th century the masonry became too unstable and large sections of the structure began to fall away this posed a real danger to the general public and visitors to the chapel and all activities were forced to a halt..
The paranormal history to the chapel is long and varied. There are legends that tell of ghosts and apparitions, in particular that of a monk who has been seen climbing a staircase that crumbled away hundreds of years ago. It is also reported that best chances of witnessing this ghost is midnight on Halloween (31st October).
Many other people have reported hearing music hanging in the air around the chapel whilst others have heard the ghostly bells tolling in the depths of the night which were apparently stolen in the 1700′s The ghost of a murdered nun is said to haunt the grounds around the chapel and the spirit of a robed monk in white has been seen high up in the archways above some of the collapsed ruins. A ghost of a small child has been seen and there are rumors of secret tunnels that lead away from the chapel, perhaps in relation to Temple Dinsley, Knights Templar Manor and Temple.
Last year Almost Haunted TV ran a paranormal video investigation in to Minsden Chapel this 6 part video series goes in to the chapels history and the paranormal activity reported there.
Bretforton village has several local legends of ghosts, ghouls and murder…
Bretforton village has changed little over the centuries: the earliest documented record of the villge name dates back to 709AD. The settlement is distinguished historically by an unusual system of land ownership.
Some of the more notable ghosts within the village and surrounding areas includes the ghost of Lola Taplin, a former landlady of the Fleece Inn. It is is said that Lola Taplin haunts the bar area of the inn, throwing food, glasses and other objects at both the staff and visitors alike.
The haunting of Spot Loggins Well is also well known in the locals of Bretforton, its is reported that this water well has been in use for over four hundred years and is named after a cattle driver called Spot Loggins who drowned in a cattle spring in the 17th century.
Local legend states that any who runs around the well three times while blindfolded will lose anything they are carrying.The Water Well is located on the old Bretforton House Farm of the Appleby family and the Spot Loggin ghost is celebrated locally in November at the local Fleece Inn.
The Church at Bretforton also plays a large part in ghostly happenings and the supernatural at Bretforton, there have been several reports over the years of a phantom funeral procession arriving at the church, and disappearing into the ether as quickly as it appears, for whom it represents is a mystery even till this day.
The fields on either side of the church are said to be haunted by a decapitated woman, carrying her head under arm. It is suggested the decapitated woman is the ghost of Ann Cormell, who was murdered on 4th February 1707 by John Allen of Bretforton, Giles Hunt, Tom Dun, Thomas Palmer and Thomas Symonds.
John Allen was later hung in a gibbet in Bretforton at what is now known as “Allen’s Barn”
She wonders the graves sorrowfully seeking her un-christened baby. The ghost is believed to be the spirit of the wife of one of the Derings, lords of the manor of Pluckle. The woman had a child, which for one reason or another died, and was buried hastily, in an unmarked grave. The ghostly form of the Red Lady wanders the churchyard at night, sobbing bitterly, and searching for the grave of her unacknowledged child.
A Ghostly Lady in all black walks the stones crying because of her dead husband she lost in 1st world war.
The ghost has been known to sit and speak to people who are in need of guidance. Another screaming spectre , is said to be a lady who was buried alive, and awoke from her coma to find herself in a coffin and promptly died of shock.