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Hamlet Close

A spectral lady with long hair who walks through fences and gardens has been seen in the close. Voices have been heard and electrical equipment has been known to play up. The close was built upon the site of Hamlet House and the ghost is said to be a Mrs.Brown. She was playing the pair of Calista in a play called "The Fair Penitent," a scene of which required a skull. During the scene, she collapsed when she put her hand on the skull and was taken home mumbling about the gruesome prop. It turned out a sexton had dug up a skull for that scene - it was John Norris's, Mrs. Barry's first husband! She perished of shock shortly afterwards. One tale said that Norris was a drunk and that he was abusive to his wife, forcing her to retaliate on at least one occasion.


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