Whiston was once a busy village on part of a major road which spanned the North of England. The historian Joseph Hunter noted: The roads from Sheffield to Tickhill and from Rotherham to Mansfield, which was formerly one of the greatest highways to the North of England, intersect each other near the village of Whiston.' In the mid-1800's a fine hoard of Roman coins was found here, indicating that the area had been settled for several centuries. Today, Whiston is a quiet Rotherham village which is considered rather more off the beaten track than would once have been so.
In 1947, a young Rotherham musician named Trevor Beever was a regular visitor to the old Church at Whiston, whose pipe organ he used on a regular basis. Mr Beever had been given a key to the building so that he could enter and leave at will, enabling him to practice during the evening when services were not in progress. One such winter evening, Mr Beever unlocked the church as normal and began to practise alone. Most of the church was in darkness, as he was in the habit of only using necessary lighting over the organ itself.
When he heard the sound of footsteps moving along the centre of the church on the stone floor, Mr Beever turned to see who had entered the building... and saw no one. Puzzled, he left his seat and walked towards the small room which was at this time used to house the choristers' garments and other materials. He heard the door click as it opened and closed, although he could still see nobody. Warily, Mr Beever followed the mysterious footsteps into the small room, which was in darkness. He called out, but received no reply, and suddenly became aware of a strange chill enveloping him. Despite admitting to being slightly sceptical in nature, he left the church as quickly as he could and swore never to practice there again alone on dark winter evenings!
On telling his story, other frequenters of Whiston Church offered 'rational' explanations in the form of creaking pews and old heating pipes. And yet, others came forward who had still experienced the same inexplicable footsteps and chilled atmosphere for themselves.Carlton-in-Lindrick | Dublin | England | Exeter | Godshill | Lincoinshire | Lincolnshire | Norton | Old Lady | Whiston |
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