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Hauntings for Halloween


With Halloween approaching, we wanted to see what we could find related to the topic of hauntings in The British Newspaper Archive. Of children and hauntings Often the origins of a haunting myth are rooted in death and loss. Sometimes the myth grows and morphs to such a point where its origin is indeterminate. Other times, the sad truth of its origin is unexpectedly revealed, as with the ‘grim discovery’ at a ‘haunted house’ in 1921, reported in The Scotsman.

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Things that go Bump in the Night

At this time of year you naturally start thinking about all things spooky and here at the British Newspaper Archive we’re no different. We’ve been combing the newspapers in our collection for stories that will send a shiver down your spine and we think we’ve found three great ones. The first takes us right back to 1723 where the Newcastle Courant was all a whisper about some strange sightings. From their somewhat tongue in cheek tone the Courant don’t seem

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‘Weird and Wonderful. Strange Manifestations at a Haunted House.’

When reading newspaper stories in The Archive, our eye is often caught by eye-grabbing headlines. After all, who could be so incurious as not to be drawn to a story like the one below? Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Saturday 31 May 1902 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.