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Dacorum’s top 10 scary urban myths, true horror stories and unexplained events

Few people can resist super-scary stories of ghosts, apparitions and the like.

And with Halloween just around the corner, it seemed an apposite time to present some of the scariest urban myths, true horror stories and creepiest unexplained events in Dacorum's history. Will this be the scariest thing you have ever read IN YOUR LIFE? Go through our gallery and decide for yourself.

Picture the scene: It's the 17th century. You're lady, married to a lord, and he dies. What are you supposed to do with your life? Well if you are Lady Ferrers you turn to highway robbery. Well done if you guessed that, although you might have also guessed that you'd die of gunshot wounds during a robbery. Dang.Lady Ferrers lived in a 12th century prior, which is now the site of Cell Park, Markyate.Shehaunts there AND she haunts 'Nomansland Common' which is the best name of any common ever. Copyright: Wikipedia
Picture the scene: It's the 17th century. You're lady, married to a lord, and he dies. What are you supposed to do with your life? Well if you are Lady Ferrers you turn to highway robbery. Well done if you guessed that, although you might have also guessed that you'd die of gunshot wounds during a robbery. Dang.Lady Ferrers lived in a 12th century prior, which is now the site of Cell Park, Markyate.Shehaunts there AND she haunts 'Nomansland Common' which is the best name of any common ever. Copyright: Wikipedia
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Have you ever seen a large jolly man in a pub? And was that man in Hemel'sThe Olde Kings Arms. And did he look oddly familiar, as though he was King of England from1509 to 1547? Well you're not alone, as apparently the ghost of Henry VIII is said tohaunt some of the upstairs bedrooms. Apparently Henry was a big fan of the various hostelries of Old Town (who isn't?) so half a millenium later he still pops down there. Copyright: Google Maps
Have you ever seen a large jolly man in a pub? And was that man in Hemel'sThe Olde Kings Arms. And did he look oddly familiar, as though he was King of England from1509 to 1547? Well you're not alone, as apparently the ghost of Henry VIII is said tohaunt some of the upstairs bedrooms. Apparently Henry was a big fan of the various hostelries of Old Town (who isn't?) so half a millenium later he still pops down there. Copyright: Google Maps
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The ghost of a young man apparently still linger in Hemel'sWhite Hart pub. His was a sorry end, as apparently he was beaten to death there by some soldiers because he was too scared to sign up to the army.We have had members of staff say they dont like to stand near the staircase where he died because they get a feeling of terror," local ghost-watchers (Ghotchers?) told the Gazette in 2015.Copyright: Google Maps
The ghost of a young man apparently still linger in Hemel'sWhite Hart pub. His was a sorry end, as apparently he was beaten to death there by some soldiers because he was too scared to sign up to the army.We have had members of staff say they dont like to stand near the staircase where he died because they get a feeling of terror," local ghost-watchers (Ghotchers?) told the Gazette in 2015.Copyright: Google Maps
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Sticking with the pub theme - blame Henry VIII, he seems to have started it - there is also Hemel's Rose And Crown. It is said to be home toa murderer calledJack, whose ghost is bricked up in the basement of the Rose and Crown. Ghotchers (if I keep using it then it will catch on) have described this gohst-of-a-murderer as "not a very nice person. Copyright: Google Maps
Sticking with the pub theme - blame Henry VIII, he seems to have started it - there is also Hemel's Rose And Crown. It is said to be home toa murderer calledJack, whose ghost is bricked up in the basement of the Rose and Crown. Ghotchers (if I keep using it then it will catch on) have described this gohst-of-a-murderer as "not a very nice person. Copyright: Google Maps
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