1947


24
YEARS

WOOD CHOPPER

“Another early haunting that I investigated

with Tom Brown was Royston Old Post Office,

at the time that it was being converted…”

Royston is a town in North Hertfordshire.

“The last postmaster there…took us...

where he and others had experienced

 a number of strange happenings…”

Old Royston Post Office - now a restaurant named ‘The Old Crown’.

“The commonest…was a loud

and totally inexplicable

night-time noise…”

“...that resembled wood being chopped…”

“…new members of staff...performing night

were always warned that they may hear

‘the woodchopper’…”

“During our visit...I was immediately struck

by the close proximity of Royston Cave…”

“...and I was intrigued to discover

that the cellars of the Old Post Office…”

“...adjoined the cave…”

“We explored Royston Cave itself…”

“...which is certainly interesting but not,

as far as I know,

 haunted…”

“It seemed likely to me that the…sounds could be…”

“...the result of some kind of echo,

perhaps transmitted with alarming clarity…”

“...through the medium of the chalk subsoil...”

“It is said to be at least two thousand years old…”

“...and many authorities believe its age to be nearer six thousand years…”

“…the greatest interest stems from the

rudely carved figures…of saints and kings and queens…”

“…which appear to date from the time of the Crusades...”

“We were informed that there is only

one similar cave anywhere in the world,

in Jerusalem...”

No Common Task
pp.72-73