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Hear Spooky Tales Of Ghostly Goings On In Historic City
Be extremely wary of things that go bump in the night. It is a warning as old as time itself, which is why night time strolls across dark and deserted graveyards should really be avoided at all cost, and why invitations to spend the night in a deserted house where strange sounds can be heard are normally frowned upon.
Try something spooky during the darker nights
But those people with a less sensitive disposition are now being invited to give their nerves a test by going on a Gruesome and Ghostly tour of the historic city of Lichfield where they can hear tales of the many ghosts that are said to haunt Lichfield and be terrified by terrifying tales of the city's chequered past.
Lichfield's Gruesome and Ghostly tours are a highlight of the city's autumn and winter calendar. The series of ghost walks around the historical city centre will be running throughout the rest of October, as continue into November and December. Led by Green Badge guides, the tours take in the Guildhall prison cells, the history of the Market Square burnings, and the ghosts sighted at Dam Street, The Close adjacent to Lichfield Cathedral, and more city locations.
The tours take in the cells at Lichfield Guildhall
Lichfield has enjoyed a turbulent time throughout its history which could give rise to sightings and stories of ghost. Having started life as a Saxon village, Lichfield was severely damaged by a fire in 1291, which destroyed many buildings. Then, during the time of Queen Mary's reign a number of Protestants were said to have been martyred. Furthermore, like other towns in the 16th and 17th centuries, Lichfield suffered outbreaks of the plague. But, the English Civil War also played a prominent part in Lichfield's history with the city alternatively occupied by both royalist and parliamentary armies over the course of three years, resulting in various sieges of Lichfield Cathedral, the longest lasting four months before royalist defenders surrendered in July 1646.
Lichfield Cathedral was the scene of a lot of fighting during the English Civil War
Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Tourism and Communications, said of the ghost walks: "As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, this is the perfect time to discover the dark and mysterious side of Lichfield." And whether the brave participants have been left with a chill down their spine or not, the walks are rounded off with a visit to a local pub for a glass of mulled wine and a hot sausage roll.
The walks will run from 7pm to 8.30pm on 26 and 27 October and 10, 15, 16, 23 and 29 November and 7, 8, 12 and 15 December 2016. Gruesome and Ghostly tours need to be booked in advance, and cost £6.25 each. They can be booked at the Tourist Information desk at St Mary's in the Market Square or by calling the team on 01543 256611.