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Black Country Ghosts [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Poulton-Smith
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Local author Anthony Poulton-Smith takes the reader on a fascinating A-Z tour of the haunted places of the Black Country. Contained within the pages of this book are strange tales of spectral sightings, active poltergeists and restless spirits appearing in streets, inns, churches, estates, public buildings and private homes across the area. They include the ghost of a murdered woman in Dudley's Station Hotel cellar, the tragic lovers of Cradley Heath's Haden Estate, Walsall's notorious 'Hand of Glory' and Coseley's enormous black dog forecasting death. This new collection of stories, a product of both historial accounts and numerous interviews conducted with local witnesses, is sure to appeal to all those intrigued by the Black Country's haunted heritage.

About the Author

ANTHONY POULTON-SMITH is a writer and local historian, with over 350 articles and five books to his credit. They include Derbyshire Place-names and Worcestershire Place-names for Sutton Publishing. He lives in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1579 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBO1ZA0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Country Ghosts 16 Aug 2013
By DiJoy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Any hting to do with the Black Country is good for me, found this a good read and will more than likely read again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time! 27 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
I had expected much when `Black Country Ghosts' by Anthony Poulton-Smith arrived for review. Little did I realise that I was going to be disapointed.

Overall the book is a pleasant mixture of local ghost stories, split into easy to read sections under local towns. All the old favourites are here - the ghost of Gideon Grove (Himley), Edmund Croaker (Dudley), Spring Heeled Jack (Blackheath) etc. But it is with perhaps one of the most well known stories - that of William Howe - that the author stumbles into sloppy research. The facts of this well known case hardly need repeating, suffice to say that in 1812 William Howe attacked and left for dead a local farmer near Kinver. Howe was eventual captured and executed for the crime. His body was gibbeted on the site of the murder as a warning to others. Ever since then there have been reports that his spectral presence has been seen along the dark, deserted road. So far, so good. Instead the author of this new book magicaly transports the crime from Kinver to Halesowen! He correctly states that the gibbeting of the body changed the name of the road from Fir Tree Hill to Gibbet Lane, but places this miles away in Halesowen. In 1872 the spectre of William Howe was encountered in full penny dreadful fashion by a gentleman as he returned home along Whittington Common, Kinver. Except the author how places Whittington Common in Brierley Hill!

And it gets worse! When was the last time you visited the Black Country town of Sandwell? All entries in this book are given under the town/village they occured. But Sandwell! Has no one told the author Sandwell is a region not a place?

Now the Black Country is one of those amorphous regions on which no one can really agree where it begins and where it ends.
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