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Haunted Rotherham
 

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Haunted Rotherham

 

ByRichard Bramall, Joe Collins

 

Haunted Rotherham 4.00 · rating details

 

This fascinating book contains a terrifying collection of true-life tales from in and around Rotherham. Featuring stories such as the Lunatic of Ulley Reservoir and the Old Hag of Hellaby Hall, this pulse-raising compilation of unexplained phenomena, apparitions, poltergeists, curses, spirits, and boggards is guaranteed to make your blood run cold. Drawing on historical and more This fascinating book contains a terrifying collection of true-life tales from in and around Rotherham. Featuring stories such as the Lunatic of Ulley Reservoir and the Old Hag of Hellaby Hall, this pulse-raising compilation of unexplained phenomena, apparitions, poltergeists, curses, spirits, and boggards is guaranteed to make your blood run cold. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources, and containing many tales which have never before been published, Haunted Rotherham will delight everyone interested in the paranormal.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Rotherham 23 Nov 2012

 

By Sharon Wallhead

 

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Great book, as I live in Rotherham its good to know where all the ghostly goings on are. Before I even got to look at it the kids read it and really enjoyed it.

 

Helen rated it

 

My hobby is genealogy and seeing as several of my family branches came from Rotherham, I thought this would be a fascinating read. I enjoyed it very much - it was interesting for me in that it gave me a flavour of the history of the town and surrounding area and contained some really creepy, eerie tales!

 

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'Haunted Rotherham’

 

By Richard Bramall and Joe Collins

 

History Press books £9.99

 

Review by Tony Beesley

 

Spooky goings on, local ghosts, unexplained phenomena and the like; all are covered within this Rotherham-based chronicle of the supernatural world. ‘Haunted Rotherham’ reads well and spooks the parts it is meant to spook, tingling the inquisitive senses and encouraging our inner wish to believe in the fearful unknown world of ghosts, ghouls and general creepiness! With its recited – and investigated – accounts of ‘Lunatic at Ulley Reservoir’, ‘Tales from the Grave' in Dinnington, 'Phantoms of Firbeck Hall’, ghostly patrons in local public houses, Maltby spectres, High School apparitions in Rawmarsh and creepy findings at Hoober Stand, amongst many other recognisable local sign-posts and buildings, ‘Haunted Rotherham’ does most of what it says on the cover. It grabs readers’ attention, fascinates and occasionally raises the pulse and at times manages to make your blood run a little cold.

 

Told in a reportage style and flavoured with an obvious love and passion for the subject by the two authors, the book succeeds on most counts and objectives. The main criticism I would mention is the annoying scribbled arrows thrown onto a fair number of photos, that aim to show where something is or the way a road leads etc. Although, the flow of the book does come over at times as a little rushed with some minor discrepancies and typical typos at hand, the book is an enjoyable late-night read and one that is worthy of a follow up. Maybe for that one, the authors should pay a visit to Rotherham town centre and take note of some of the resident day-time ghouls, zombies and vampires on show there... before George Romero gets there first!

 

Haunted Doncaster

 

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Haunted Doncaster [Paperback]

 

Richard Bramall (Author), Joe Collins (Author)

 

4.0 out of 5 stars More Please 1 Dec 2012

 

By A. Vainlo

 

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I waited ages for this book to come out. Living in Doncaster, and having a big interest in all things paranormal, I got my copy as soon as it became available. The book includes stories of real hauntings from all around the Doncaster area, and is presented, village by village in alphabetical order. Some of the reported hauntings were truly horrifying, and it's no wonder those involved wanted to stay anonymous! The book is easy to read, with supporting illustrations and photographs, however, it was over too soon, and left me wanting more. So I really hope there will be a second edition soon.

 

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Haunted Doncaster | Richard Bramall and Joe Collins

 

ISBN: 978-0752463759 | 96 pages

 

Although part of the same series as Haunted Bodmin Moor, stylistically Haunted Doncaster is a complete contrast. With no direct ghost hunting and a focus on historical research and interviews, Haunted Doncaster is a whirlwind tour, flitting over dozens of different areas from a ghost filled Yorkshire town.

 

No one can say that Joint authors Richard Bramall and Joe Collins haven’t done their homework. The book is filled with fine examples of what can be called traditional ghost stories, those handed to us by the older generations which we accept with almost no question. Likewise, accounts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries pepper the pages, reminding readers that not all ghost stories can be passed over as myth. Unsurprisingly Epworth Rectory receives a chapter of its own, being one of the most famous poltergeist cases in the world, although it isn’t long before the reader is once again whisked off to other less well known locations.

 

Other than the lack of a bibliography, Haunted Doncaster is almost perfect – not pondering on whether phantoms exist, but taking the approach of ‘these are the stories, now make up your own mind’.

Haunted Barnsley

 

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Haunted Barnsley [Paperback]

 

Richard Bramall (Author), Joe Collins (Author)

 

4.0 out of 5 stars A frightfully good book of ghosts! 10 Dec 2012

 

By Composerman

 

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This is a very interesting book with plenty of historical background to pad out the ghostly encounters. The accounts are well written, and of a good length to keep the reader interested. Plenty of well-known accounts from the Barnsley area, but also one or two notable exceptions (I guess the line has to be drawn somewhere!) I recommend this read - 4 stars.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 31 Oct 2012

 

By mags

 

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Just as good as previous 2 books look forward to last in series
Haunted Sheffield they are all thought provoking