WARWICKSHIRE, often known as Shakespeare’s County, has a host of strange and mysterious tales ranging from ancient legends and stories of the supernatural to more modern documented cases.
And many feature in SC Skillman’s new book Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire, published by Amberley Publishing.
Curious beliefs and customs were once widespread in Warwickshire’s towns and villages, some of which still flourish today.
These strange and spooky stories include the quirky death of the Roundhead commander who owned Warwick Castle, the association of the Lord of the Rings author
JRR Tolkien with the town, and the story of the hand of glory obtained at Warwick hangings. The historic buildings of Stratford have witnessed many strange events over the centuries and more recently the Crackley Wood sprite has been sighted at Kenilworth.
Other stories include the unresolved mystery of the 1945 murder at Lower Quinton associated with witchcraft, along with other strange tales from the surrounding towns and villages. These stories are accompanied by the author’s photographs in an enthralling book for those with in an interest in Warwickshire rich and often very strange past.