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Tales from the Archives - 8

Who’s afraid of Friday’s Hill?

It seems that Friday’s Hill can boast no fewer than three or even four ghosts!

When the Tudor family (who donated land and money to build the Village Hall) bought Friday’s Hill House in 1904, strange things started to happen. Around 7.30 on a June evening a maid in a cap and apron was seen walking up the hill carrying a tray of glasses.  She seemed to walk into a house and vanish.  She was seen over a period of at least ten years by several witnesses.

Other sightings, possibly a different ghost, was said to be that of Sarah Kinch, who was murdered.  She was usually near a yew tree and had a nasty habit of throwing stones at passers-by.

Another story is that of someone – or something – that used to pull a door latch, sign deeply and then go away.

Then there was the lady in grey who was seen sitting amid the ruins of the house when it was burnt down in 1926…..

Do you dare take an evening stroll up Friday’s Hill?

If you would like to know more about this story, or research other local topics, the Archive is open on Tuesdays, 2.30-5pm in the Village Hall. Other times by arrangement.

Christine Maynard
Fernhurst Archive

One of a series of short articles bringing you some of the incidents from our rich village history. Collated by Christine Maynard, based on documents preserved at the Fernhurst Archives, these originally were published in the monthly Fernhurst News.

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