Friday, 18 November 2011
The Black Monk of Monkton Farleigh
Then a monk was found dead slumped over his accounts in what is now the bar of the King’s Arms. At the time foul play was not suspected and the brethren came and took the body of their companion away for burial. But they could not take away his ghost. Unlike the miner who walks to the pub, the Black Monk walks away from it. He makes his way to the small building at the spring, pushes open the door and then vanishes. What strange mission he might be on is unknown.
Nor is it entirely clear why the Black Monk gets blamed for the various odd things that go on around the pub. “We have glasses jump off the shelves, sometimes,” reports Maria. “Stuff like that. And things get moved around. When you know you put them in one place they turn up in another. It’s right annoying.”
From Haunted Places of Wiltshire by Rupert Matthews