“I would like to acknowledge my daughter for reading the first draft and for many helpful suggestions,
and particularly my son Chris, who has provided most of the excellent photographs…”
“I can remember well… motoring hundreds of miles one Sunday through Surrey,
Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex and goodness knows where else, seeking out some of the haunted places that I had included.”
“The entries marked with an asterisk [*] are those about which I have personal knowledge.”
“The vast moorland is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of ‘spectral hounds’, and a large black dog, among others...”
“During the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, the Dartmoor village of
Widecombe-in-the-Moor was even said to have been visited by the Devil…”
The tower of Widecombe church was apparently struck by ball lightning during a severe thunderstorm.
“Two miles north of Widecombe-in-the-Moore there is a lonely stretch of countryside with a roadside grave: Jay’s Grave is said to be the final resting place of Mary Jay, who hanged herself on the site of the grave.”
“Jay’s Grave is said to be the final resting place of Mary Jay, who hanged herself on the site of the grave.”
fresh flowers have appeared on Mary’s grave
and no one has ever discovered where they come from.”
In the wake of the book's success, Underwood moves to a new home in Hampshire - the White House, near Farnham - a town with many entries in the Gazetteer.
(The house subsequently manifests strange phenomena of its own..)