When my friend Diane suggested a ghost walk around Chippenham I expected it to be quite short as I hadn't at that point come across many spooky stories about the town.
Well I was wrong.
Not only did I manage to keep 15 women and a baby entertained for a couple of hours, they also added some tales of their own.
The stories started straight away with the tale of Old Maudy, who awaits her lover's return from the war whilst sitting on a bench at the railway station. Wendy and I are quite relieved we've not seen her on our commutes!
Naturally we speculated exactly which bench it might be. As you can see there are quite a few to choose from... and I haven't photographed them all.
Here are some of the places with tales to tell. Seeing there are so many old buildings centred around the Market Place - which also hosted a hangman's noose for quite some time and is rumoured to be cursed - I should have guessed the walk would be a viable one.
We have a man in trilby hat; a lady with a cat; furniture that moves in the night; tragic suicides; lights that switch on and off; disappearing and reappearing objects; faces at various windows; mysterious voices from an empty room; blood from a duel; sounds of carriages and horses; a valet and a maid who died in the same hotel; self-propelled tupperware and vase; a room that makes you dizzy, plus another [possibly the same one? - Ed] which compels pregnant women to throw themselves out of the window.
Not bad for a sleepy rural town.