Bodmin Moor is one of the most atmospheric and magical areas of Cornwall – which let’s face it is saying something. A newly published book by the History Press has brought Bodmin’s haunted heritage bang up to date and it is written by the man perhaps best qualified to write it, Jason Higgs.
When I think of Bodmin Moor all that initially comes to mind as far as its supernatural reputation goes is Jamaica Inn, Dozmary Pool, the gaol and its notorious beast. In Haunted Bodmin Moor Jason has added considerably to my previously scanty knowledge.
Jason is the co-author of Paranormal Cornwall and was brought up in Bodmin Moor. He has long been fascinated by its ghost stories and has taken part in numerous ghost hunts of his own here: ever since he saw a ghost in his childhood home in St Cleers.
Haunted Bodmin Moor is a successful blend of historic background and first-hand testimony. Some of the latter comes in the form of EMF readings and sound recorder hiss but Jason takes a reassuringly cautious approach to this evidence and is quite happy to confess that, for example, an unearthly screaming near the spot where a woman was murdered, and where the victim is still said to haunt, may just have been a fox. Jason reports on ghost hunts not only carried out by himself but also by other organisations such as the Ghost Club.
Haunted locations on Bodmin Moor previously unknown to me range from grand houses and museums through more modest private homes, hotels and very many historic old inns. As one would hope there are also many ghosts to be found out in the open among the wild and beautiful scenery of the moor. These include two white ladies haunting respectively a road and woodland near St Neots. There is also a haunted cave and, I am glad to say, several haunted antiquities, including stone circles and burial mounds.
Haunted Bodmin Moor is a worthy addition to the already rich heritage of Cornish ghost-lore.
Haunted Bodmin Moor by Jason Higgs is published by the History Press and priced £9.99 (ISBN: 978-0-7524-6332-2).