Brides in Myth and Legend

The Bride

Location: St Lawrence (Jersey) - Waterworks Valley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a year, on an unconfirmed night, a team of six horses draw a coach containing a faceless bride. During her life the bride is said to have jilted at the altar, resulting in her suicide a short time later. Now in death her ghost drives around the area looking for the man who betrayed her.


Marge in a Bridal Gown

Location: Terrington St Clement (Norfolk) - Parish Church, the 'Lovell' pew
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Every Sunday before Christmas (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Legend says that the chest next to the west door once contained the remains of a bride who was trapped inside after a game of hide and seek went wrong. She is reported to emerge once a year to join in with the choir.


Bride in a Chest

Location: Tiverton (Devon) - Tiverton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In a story that appears several times throughout the UK, a newly wedded bride played hide and seek with her guests, only to disappear... A few years later her mummified body was found in a chest in the loft, the spring mounted lid trapping her inside.


Headless Bride

Location: Winster (Derbyshire) - The Angel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, particularly active around Christmas
Further Comments: The decapitated ghost caused one witness to faint as it ascended the staircase and headed towards the viewer. A local legend states that the ghostly woman and her lover both committed suicide the day before she was due to be married to another man. The building has a history of phantom footsteps and doors that open themselves.


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