Synopsis (Back Cover)21 December 1630. Midnight of St. Thomas Day.
An old miller prepares to finish his work in a corn mill in the hamlet of Lumley, in the County of Durham. Suddenly he hears movement on the floor below him, and as he takes a flaming candle and descends the stairs, he is shocked to discover "...a woman standing upon the midst of the floor with her hair about her head hanging down and all bloody, with five large wounds on her head..."
This was the scene for Northern England's most singular and legendary Christmas ghost story. Then another tale, set in the 19th Century, was told in the press of a mysterious haunting that was occurring in the old mill house at Willington Quay, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The two narratives, seemingly dissimilar to each other, had captured the imagination of many historians and ghost hunters for years. Now it is time that the two are threaded together, in one of the truest and horrifying experiences of a ghostly encounter, related through the miller and the apparition of the murdered woman, like never before...
What is unique about this book:
- It has been generally believed that the hauntings of Willington Mill, near Newcastle, went as far back as the 17th Century. Now through the use of original archive material from the Bodleian Library, the ghosts of the site have been proven and have lasted for over 300 years.
- In a fact that has never been fully investigated before, the ghost of the murdered woman from Lumley in 1630 manifested on all main Christian religious dates, begging the question: was there more to her death than other historians have ever realised?
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