1931


8
YEARS

THE HAUNTED ROOM

“Falling asleep quickly…”

“...after a tiring journey…”

“…a visitor and stranger to the area…”

“…awakened in the four-poster bedstead…”

“...to hear dogs barking…”

“He went back to sleep…”

“…only to be soon awakened once again…”

“…this time by an extraordinary pressure upon his feet…”

“As he opened his eyes he saw,

by the light in the chimney-corner…”

“…the figure of a well-dressed man

...supporting himself on the bedstead…”

“The figure wore a blue coat…”

“...with bright gilt buttons…”

“…but the head was not visible because of the

bed-curtains, concealing that part of his person…”

“…the visitor…raised himself upright in the bed…”

“…[but] the figure was suddenly no longer there!”

“Realising that he had locked the door,

and becoming more and more puzzled…”

“…[he] jumped out of bed and carefully searched the room

…[but] found...no trace whatever

of his mysterious visitor…”

“He noticed that the time was ten minutes after two

and he returned to bed hoping for some rest…

but he was unable to…”

“…and he lay there until about seven o’clock,

puzzling his brain as to how his visitor could have

entered and left…”

“In the morning when his host

asked how he had slept…”

“…the visitor mentioned his curious experience,

fully expecting that this would be explained

or laughed at…”

“…but to his surprise the story recieved serious attention

and he was told that there was a tradition 

of such a spectre haunting that one room…”

“It seemed that many years before a gentleman

so attired had been murdered in the room

under ‘frightful circumstances’…”

“…his head cut off…”

“From time to time people occupying the room

claimed to see the...figure…”

“...but the head was never seen…”

“At first I always recounted the story

in a fairly light-hearted way,

finding it difficult to accept…”

“…that grown-up people could believe that there

really were ghosts!”

“But soon the reactions...

when I had finished…”

“...often on the lines of

‘Well, we’re not surprised because we have a ghost…’,

caused me to think…”

“…that perhaps there was more in this idea of ghosts

than I had at first thought…”

Underwood discusses his early fascination with the paranormal.

“I did once take down to Rose Hall a party of Ghost Club members…”

“...[and] was careful not to give any indication

of the actual room that was reputed to be the scene of the ghostly manifestations…”

“...nevertheless, three members independently...

located the ‘haunted room’…”

No Common Task
pp.20-22

Peter Underwood’s Guide to Ghosts & Haunted Places
pp.3-4

Another part of the history

of the village of Sarratt...

...is the story behind how

 the Church of the Holy Cross

came to be built...

“The ancient little parish of Sarratt stands a mile south of the village…”

It was built some eight hundred years ago.

“Local tradition explains the considerable distance

between the village and the church…”

“…by maintaining that it was found impossible to build

...in the vicinity of the village green…”

The Green, Sarratt

“…for each morning…”

“…after a start had been made…”

“...the stones and other materials would be found moved…”

“...a mile away…”

Gazetteer of British Ghosts
'Sarratt, Near Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire'