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Yet each region of England has its own particular spirits. In Cornwall there was a strong belief in fairies as being part of the community of the dead. Since Cornwall is generally deemed to have been the last haven for "British" or "Celtic" people, these beliefs may represent the remnants of a very ancient folk tradition. The Celts do, in general, have more fantastical spirits. In Northumberland they were known as "dobies" or "dobbies", a name which derives from the Celtic dovach, meaning the black, mournful or sorrowful one. Many of these spirits were associated with particular places. There was "the dobie of Mortham", which walked in a ravine where the river Greta makes its way between Rokeby Park and Mortham. Dobies were known to lurk beneath bridges or ancient towers. Sometimes, they would clamber up from beneath the bridges and embrace an unwary traveller. The "Shotton dobie", by the river Dee, took the form of a large bird like a goose that would accompany travellers on the road before flying off with loud screams. The inhabitants of the neighbourhood refused to frighten it or disturb it for, in the words reported, "they knew what it was".
In Yorkshire and in the north Midlands, spirits were also known as "hobs" or "hobbits". They were popularly supposed to haunt caves, bridges and round barrows; but they were, in particular, associated with specific places. Thus there were the Lealholm Hob and the Scugdale Hob. There was a Hob Lane and a Hob Bridge at Gatley in Lancashire. Several Hob Lanes can still be found in Warwickshire. In the north of England, the ghosts were often known as "boggarts". This is derived from bwg, the Celtic word for ghost, and can be heard in better-known words such as "bugbear" and "bogeyman". It is also behind the Cornish hobgoblin Bucca and Shakespeare's Puck
They had a habit of pinching or biting those whom they haunted, and were renowned for their custom of crawling into the beds of their victims. Sometimes, they shook the hangings of the beds, or rustled among discarded clothes. More seriously, they would snatch up sleeping infants and deposit them on the stones outside.
There are other names for apparitions, including "shellycoats" and "scrags", "fetches" and "mum-pokers", "spoorns" and "melch-dicks", "larrs", "ouphs" and "old-shocks". There are "swathes" and "scar-bugs", "bolls" and "gringes", "nickies" and "freits", "chittifaces" and "clabbernappers". In fact, there are more than 200 ways of describing the ghosts of England, a testament if nothing else to their ubiquity and their variety. There is also another expression. When a young woman in Shropshire screamed out "There's the know of a dog", she meant that she had seen the shape of a dog when no living dog was there. The "know" of anything is its spectral appearance. Another word for a ghost is "token". In Shropshire, a phantom was called a "frittenin'", as in the remark "Since then, there has always been frittenin' under this tree". Another expression from the same region, "There's summat to be seen", is meant to convey the presence of the unnatural.
Flames turn blue; dogs howl; a sound of rustling silk can be heard; the temperature is lowered. These are some of the signs of a haunting. Ghosts are not welcomed. The people to whom a ghost has appeared often recall that they could not speak at the moment of seeing. "I dare not speak," one witness wrote. "I was afraid of the sound of my own voice."
A report, from a hotel that in 1966 was besieged by unusual phenomena, records one occasion when a "ball of fluorescent mist" drifted past a group of spectators before vanishing through a doorway into the street. In another modern setting, where a married couple had been separately disturbed by an apparition and by the sound of scratching, the husband reported seeing a ball of light changing size constantly and floating around the living room. It has been suggested that these hovering or floating lights, well attested in many accounts, are some wayward form of energy. It has even been surmised that they are somehow produced and controlled by human agency, but no plausible explanation has ever been offered for their shape or nature. The curious phenomenon of the "will-o'-the-wisp" or "corpse candle" is still intriguing. It has often been suggested that it represents nothing more than the gaseous emanation from some rotting matter; this is a seductive, and even plausible, theory, but it is no more than a theory. The connection has never been proved. It is a hypothesis, not a conclusion. Then there is the testimony of the 19th-century poet John Clare, who had known of "bog vapours" throughout his childhood in Northamptonshire. But then he saw two of them seeming to play with each other and the sight "robd me of the little philosophical reasoning which I had about them. I now believe them spirits"
Noises are often the first inklings of a haunting. Knockings and tappings are frequent. The sound of footsteps is common.
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