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Spooky By Day.

By lifesnapper  
All Saints Church, Loose Village. (Loose pronounced; Looz) Not the first time I have uploaded images from this strange old church, but doubt I will ever take pictures there again after discovering an image which I can only describe as, disturbing. I would never have felt comfortable with it on my hard drive so, after much deliberation, deleted it.
One of the odd features of the church is its west tower, pre-13th century, which is built at a strange angle. No one knows why. It is known though, that there was an earlier church on the site dating back to the 9th century. There is also evidence that a place of worship once stood there long before that. Though what or who was worshipped there will forever remain lost in history.
Many weird stories are associated with the church. It is said that if you stand in a certain spot looking at the front wall of the church, a window will appear through which you will see a woman killing a baby.
One of the Yew trees in the grave yard, which surrounds the church, is 1000 years old. It has long been circled by an iron fence to stop people from carrying out an old local custom of walking around the tree at midnight then sticking a pin in it to make the devil appear. This custom was called; pinning the devil which in recent times has become associated with finding lost items in the home.


In 1966 I had just started work as an apprentice plumber. One of my first places of work was a very old stone cottage in Loose Valley close to the church. I was there with a plumber and two labourers. The cottage was owned by, what to me at the time, was two quite elderly people who had a 16 year old daughter. The daughter was the most feminine, adorable creature I had ever seen. Her mother, a woman of few words, only made contact with us when bringing us tea at lunch time. Her father, however, was a very talkative man who, when prompted, told us many stories about the church. Apparently, the pews are haunted by a lone cavalier who, while seeking sanctuary, was brutally murdered. A young man, many years ago, was buried at the church after an accident the day before he was due to wed his childhood sweetheart. His soul is said to have tried to re-enter his body causing every stone of his grave to be broken. But, the story I remember most, is about the vicar who suddenly disappeared after only 5 months at the church. He left all of his belongings behind and vanished without trace, leaving a note nailed to a medieval wooden door saying:

"May the grace of almighty God in all his glory, protect you in this most unholy of places."

Strange words to find in a house of God.


By the second day at the cottage, I had become totally infatuated with the daughter, so much so, that I drew a picture of her from memory which was a striking likeness, according to one of the labourers. She seemed to float through the room without making a sound then leave the sensual aroma of her perfume to remind me that she was close by.
On the third and last day at the cottage, I was picking up my tools from the floor and packing them into my brand new tool bag, which I was trying to make look grubby and worn, when I looked up to see her lovely warm smile before she turned quickly and went into the living room. The combination of my kneeling position and her very short thin summer dress, brought me out into a sweat. But...My attention didn't go unnoticed by her father who suddenly appeared above me like a giant. His eyes gave a stare that would've turned me to stone if I hadn't have been so over heater with lust. And then, in a matter of seconds, my blood ran cold as he uttered the words:

"She is often visited in the early hours of the morning..."

Given the conversations of the past few days, I didn't dare ask for details. Though now and then... I wish that I had.

Sleep well everyone.
Enjoy being tricked and treated on the 31st.


Tags: Architecture Loose valley All saints church Loose Village

Voters: Ted447, cabbie, nellacphoto and 48 more


Nice one John! Very entertaining Smile

Funny ... it's always the little villages, like Loose and Midsummer that seem to have more murders per square metre than London and New York put together Grin

Happy Halloween.

PS ... nice photo by the way Smile

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30 Oct 2019 7:57AM
Yes, I put it down to interbreeding, Colin. Wink
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 76 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2019 8:03AM
The opener is superb, John: excellent composition, splendid b&w film noir treatment that leaves a very 'gothick' impression. And all this backed up by spooky stories Smile

As for the vicar and his farewell note: that's what happened when you were appointed to a Loose living Grin
And as for Halloween, - - I am really looking forward to November 1st when all the fuss is over . . . .

30 Oct 2019 8:06AM
There could be a fuss on November 5th Bill Wink
30 Oct 2019 8:12AM
A great set John!

Arne Smile
cats_123 Plus
16 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
30 Oct 2019 8:19AM
Have we left yet? 😁😁😁
30 Oct 2019 8:20AM
Super set John, very interesting,
viscostatic 13 45 6 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2019 8:32AM
Excellent images, especially the lead one.

dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1572 England
30 Oct 2019 8:44AM
Pictures good. Story better... And you didn't manage to get the daughter to pose? Smile
30 Oct 2019 8:49AM
Sadly John, I didn't have a proper camera at the time 📷Sad

Quote:Pictures good. Story better... And you didn't manage to get the daughter to pose? Smile

He tried but he was getting a lot of ghosting on his images Smile
30 Oct 2019 9:04AM
A wonderful and most interesting upload, John.
The 'creatures' in the final version are quite spooky - just my imagination .......... or is it??👻👻👻

Fine and interesting set. Super work JohnGrinGrinGrinGrin
30 Oct 2019 9:32AM
terrific write-up (hair-raising and spine-chilling at times) and a spooky gallery that goes with it, my award
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2019 9:34AM
A great set John, looks a great place to visit !!!WinkWink a great write up toSmileSmile

DeSilver Plus
12 14 12 England
30 Oct 2019 9:49AM
What great pictures John and a superb write up to go with them. I love old churches. Even the newest ones can send a shiver down your spine and can only imagine how you felt being a young man.
Keep up the good work and thank you for the write up.

clicknimagine Plus
10 595 98 India
30 Oct 2019 10:43AM
A great story, and a lovely shot too...
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
30 Oct 2019 10:46AM
love the lead - great work and set
saltireblue Plus
9 10.2k 50 Norway
30 Oct 2019 12:09PM
My compliments on a superb lead image, John. To say I am jealous is an understatement. Had this been mine, it would most certainly have featured in my Showcase.
Kilroy nods approvingly.
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
30 Oct 2019 12:27PM
A gong for your lead image, John and if i could award two i'd give you another for the write up.
Excellent stuff Smile.
Old churches and graveyards are such fascinating places, even if there aren't any scary spooky
tales associated with them. Would have loved to see the image you deleted. I have a very disturbing
picture that I took in the loading bay of the Birmingham Mail Centre. It's of one of my mates in his new uniform.
Theres a slightly out of focus little girl standing behind him holding her bicycle. Trouble is, she wasn't there
when i took the picture.

capto Plus
7 6.0k 15 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2019 1:26PM
A fascinating set..........2nd instalment?Smile
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2019 2:25PM
Wonderful looking set and write up John. Just the curtain raiser for Halloween.
Peter Grin
30 Oct 2019 3:46PM
Great story to go with these images, John
Just right for Halloween
30 Oct 2019 3:48PM
Very interesting set John, well done !!SmileSmileSmile
30 Oct 2019 9:15PM
Super set John. Cathy
31 Oct 2019 10:07PM
Brilliant write up John, excellent set..Lin
1 Nov 2019 6:44AM
The lead is very haunting to view and gets my award in combination with , an excellent story from an excellent storyteller . Who may Soon be publishing a book of famous ghost stories from the churches of England ?
Happy Halloween John
Shivers from Walt
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2019 11:31AM
Very spooky indeed John. All well constructed images for the occasion...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin

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