Harwich Redoubt Fort - Round 2

Posted by Atticus on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Straight off the back of last weeks interesting study at Bolebroke Castle, the RiPA team are due another visit to Harwich Redoubt Fort. But more on that later.

So how did the visit to Bolebroke Castle go?
In the words of a late RiPA 'It was interesting'.
But let me start with a location that deserves a visit en-route to the castle. The Silent Pool.

The silent pool is a lovely serene area complete with legend of ghostly going-ons. There is a small, tree-lined lake close to the town of Shere in Surrey, which is known as the Silent Pool. This lake is linked with a ghostly legend that dates back to Saxon times.

The legend tells of a woodcutter who lived in the forest that surrounded the lake with his beloved son and daughter. One day, the woodcutter's daughter, who was a beautiful young woman called Emma, went bathing in the lake. As she was doing so, she was disturbed by the sound of a horse and rider approaching. She had no time to return to the bank to dress, so she waded to the deepest part of the lake to cover her naked body. The stranger on horseback arrived at the lakeside, and seeing the beautiful woman, tried to lure her out of the water. The man frightened Emma, and she continued to wade deeper and deeper into the lake. This angered the stranger, and he rode his horse into the lake after the screaming maiden. Her brother, who had been working in the forest, heard her cries of distress and ran to the lake to rescue her. The young man desperately tried to drag his sister from the water, but he could barely swim himself. The deep water engulfed them both, and they drowned together at the bottom of the deep lake. The stranger galloped away from the water and disappeared into the forest.

The woodcutter searched for his beloved children for days on end, until one afternoon, he dragged their bodies from the water. It is believed that the wicked horseman was Prince John, Regent of Britain, who was known for his evil deeds.

The ghost of the drowned maiden still haunts the lake to this day. Some have seen the pale figure floating on the surface of the water, others have heard her dying screams and pleas for help. The lake's eerie calmness sends shivers down the spines of many visitors, and hence it has come to be known as the Silent Pool.

So if you are evr in the Surrey/Guildford area, be sure to drop by the pool and who knows, maybe you will get a glimpse of Emma.

Another quick fact is famous crime author Agatha Christie went 'missing' from the nearby Newlands Corner.
Her car was found abandoned and noone knew where she could be. Ok, so she was discovered 2 months later in the nearby Manor House Hotel, but was a mystery while it lasted.

Back to Bolebroke though. Yes the night was as intriguing as it always is at this impressive building. A report will be posted on here real soon. We just need to go through everything that was conducted on the night.
What I can say for now is: one person felt stalked, one skeptic became a believer and the RiPA Reciever may have actually been successful! Keep coming back for more on this. We may be going back in April.

Next up though is another revisit. We are going back to the hole in the ground that is Redoubt Fort in Harwich.
Our last visit there was certainly fascinating and we have much work to be done. On this occasion we are inviting you to join us at Harwich Redoubt Fort this Friday 4th March.
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Til next time folks