Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A ghostly monk in Bristol

In Bristol, All Saints Church harbours a phantom monk. When orders came from King Henry VIII to close down the monastery of which this church was a part the monks buried their holy treasures. When one monk remonstrated with the angry soldiers for their supposed impiety, he was struck so hard that he fell back and smashed his head on the pavement. He died soon after, and his ghost began to walk. It is generally supposed that the ghost is guarding the great treasure hidden thereabouts. Whether he is trying to lead people to it, or guard it from prying eyes nobody is entirely certain. He vanishes almost as soon as he appears.

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