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Times Gone By 1967 - On the trail of Silkmore ghost

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Terry Gilder

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A NEWSLETTER reporter needed no persuading to investigate a claim in 1967 that old people's flats built on the site of Stafford's Silkmore Hall was haunted by a ghost seen by some of the residents.

Neil Bonner decided to keep an appointment with a ghost and hot-footed it with a photographer to Hall Close old folks' dwellings and the home of Annie Chamberlain at number 36.

Annie, reported Bonner, had seen a figure near the window of her apartment. "It was white, round-faced and had biggish eyes. And there was a kind of halo round the top of its head," she said.

Silkmore Hall was demolished in 1965 and an old legend reckoned a woman in white regularly haunted the old hall . . . but was she now responsible for the strange sounds and words vision is experienced by the residents?

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Around 11.30pm one night in early January 1967, Bonner, a photographer and two other ghost-watchers watched and waited as tension mounted as the witching hour of midnight came accompanied by gust of wind howling at the Windows.

Floorboards creaked and lights went out in fear gripped the five in Annie's apartment as footsteps were heard approaching the window followed by tapping . . . was this the ghost of Silkmore Hall?

Boldly, the intrepid Bonner pulled back the curtains only to be confronted by the face of the photographer's father who had called to give his son lift home. The ghost was obviously a shy one . . . at least on that night

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