England, Scotland and Ireland seem to have been frequented by ghosts in the past. The forefathers looked upon nature
with more reverence and horror, before the world was enlightened by learning and philosophy: and loved to astonish them -
selves with apprehensions of witchcraft, prodigies, charms and enchantments. There was not a village in England that had
not a ghost in it; the church-yards were all haunted; every large common had a circle of fairies belonging to it; and there was
not a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit.
Some of the most thrilling ghost stories had their origin in the British Isles, the Irish tell of real fairies and of banshees -
animals which warn of approaching death by giving an awful scream just outside the house.
In England there may be seen many places of historical interest which tradition says have been visited by departed spirits.
Living in Leeds was a beautiful maiden by the name of Mary. She was so
holy that she was not afraid anywhere. She was offered a prize one time
if she would visit the inside court of Kirkstall Abbey at midnight. This was
a great venture but she went and stood in the darkness all alone.
Hearing voices, she investigated and discovered her lover and his friend
carrying out a man whom they had just murdered.Later she died and ever
since her spirit haunts the old ruins of the Abbey.
One dark night two Americans were walking along the road past the
Abbey when they saw her run out over the vast ruins to the outside wall.
She moved to it's highest point, gave an awful shriek and dissapeared.
In another ghost story a monk in charge of a monastry died and was
buried right under the floor of a museum. A few years later his stone
offin was taken up and is now a window box just outside the museum.
Since that time this place has been thought to be haunted. There are noises - strange noises - and the spirit of the monk is
supposed to walk back and forth in a long corridor upstairs which is not open to the public.
There are of course other evidences of the presence of this ghost....sometimes the door is found unlocked. There is
something very strange about it which cannot be explained.