Thursday, June 7, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 2: Part 5f: Ghost/History Walk: Roman Ruins/Ghostly Monk of St. Bartholomew's

The Roman Ruins from 200 A.D.
ROMAN  RUINS - Roman Londinium. It was amazing to see a wall built by the Romans in 200 A.D. when they lived in London, then called "Londinium." During the Saxon period, large sections of the wall fell into decay. During the 12th and 13th century, it was rebuilt in various stone.
  Around the 17th century as London expanded, the wall became useless, because the city spread out past it. During the 18th century parts of it were demolished and and by the 19th century  the wall was left in fragments. The city then protected it. It was just so cool to see it. 

Looking down into the Roman Ruins
The Ghostly Monk of St. Bartholomew's Church
 According to the church's website,, "Saint Bartholomew the Great is one of London's oldest churches. It was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory and has been in continuous use as a place of worship since at least 1143. It is an active Anglican/Episcopal Church in that part of London known as the City."

St. Bartholomew's Church

SEEN IN MAJOR MOVIES - The church has appeared in films such as  Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

THE GHOST MONK - We were told by Richard Jones that there is a monk buried in the church. When his crypt was violated/opened, and a policeman stole his sandal, the monk's ghost began haunting the church.  The policeman returned the sandal after feeling guilty, but died shortly afterward.
Orb appears where Rob sensed a ghost
  Richard told us that on night, the laser beam alarm system was set off but only the beam near the monk's crypt was broken from the inside. The police reported that  no one was in the church!

OUR EXPERIENCE -    We were all standing outside as Richard was telling us the story and before he started talking, both of us had bad feelings. The bad feelings were strong in the courtyard outside of the church, and I (Rob) was compelled to take pictures at one place along the church wall.

Close up of Orb outside the church

This concludes the ghost/history walk. Next
up - Prince Albert's Memorial and the Sherlock Holmes Museum!

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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