Westminster Abbey, painted by John Varley in 1832.
All October, in the lead-up to Halloween, I will be presenting a ‘Creepy History’ series, featuring extracts from old books that have been largely forgotten. These will all be non-fiction, as the best scary fiction from the past is still popular and readily available. The following true story is from the snappily titled Apparitions, or the mystery of ghosts, hobgoblins, and haunted houses developed, being a collection of entertaining stories founded on fact and selected for the purpose of eradicating those ridiculous fears, which the ignorant, the weak, and the superstitious, are but too apt to encourage. Now there’s book title that trips off the tongue. The author was Joseph Taylor, and the book was published in 1814.
It has been remarked, that when the royal vault is opened for the interment of any of the royal family, Westminster Abbey is…
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