There is an enigmatic phantom seen in and around the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Astley. This figure appears briefly among the gravestones, walking with head bowed beneath a hood or cowl. He is not seen for long, and very often vanishes almost as soon as he is noticed. He is known locally as the ghost monk, but there is little evidence that he really is, or rather was, a monk. He is as likely to be a vicar – or even some entirely secular local who wears a hooded cloak.
The truth may never be known.
from HAUNTED PLACES OF WARWICKSHIRE by Rupert Matthews. Buy your copy HERE