Local legends & tall tales of ghostly goings on around the village of Ottringham.
Local Legends, Tall Tales and Ghost Stories.
A Step Out of Time.
One winter's night as I went for my walk something very odd happened. As I turned the corner onto Ottringham's main street (in the old part of the village), suddenly the street became cobbled, and the houses no longer painted. Before I had turned the corner I had seen no one around. The day had been heavy and overcast, however the air suddenly seemed thin and biting. Everything seemed to have changed - the houses appeared older looking, and the people about were dressed oddly. There had been no people in sight before, but now there were and they were openly staring at me. I felt uneasy and turned back looking at the church - I shook my head and looked forward again, now everything appeared normal. It felt like I had stepped 130 years into the past, and I remember feeling relieved as it was a very unnerving experience. It had happened once before on a Halloween evening. That time it had also been night, and I had not seen anyone - just the change in the village. After this apparent step into the past I had noticed a slight tingling like I had been shocked, but it lasted for only half a minute.
Legend of the Old Well
To the Editor I was relaid this story over 15 to 20 years ago by one of the older folk in the village, they explained that many years ago where the council houses are used to be farmland, and that there where three old wells linked by an underground stream, and back well before WWI some one fell down the well so it was sealed up as they couldn't recover the person, its said that on the evening of the accident each year you hear the scream and several people have felt there presence, believed to be seeking help for there disconnected body and spirit, as its not consecrated ground they lay in, there is still to this day three people know the where abouts of one of the old wells, but its kept secret out of respect, but if you know where to look you too will sense the presence of that lost soul.
Ottringham of the Wapentake of Holderness (South Division)
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