My sister and I regularly take walks up to Saint Andrew’s church, it’s only a 10 minute walk away from where we live. Sometimes we go at night hoping to see a ghost, and other times we walk around the graveyard in the day reading the names on the gravestones and taking pictures of squirrels.

The graveyard which surrounds Saint Andrew’s Church

Sadly, we’ve still not seen a ghost here. Even at night, it doesn’t feel particularly spooky. It actually feels quite happy and bright which is unusual for a graveyard.. however the church itself is rather foreboding. It has an odd feel to it and an unusual history.

Back in medieval England, the villages of Immingham and Killingholme sat side by side; on land owned by Lord Yarbrough. Killingholme was the smaller of the two villages and so they did not have a church like Immingham did.


One day, the villagers in Killingholme decided that they would like a church of their own, and so they began work to build one. However, the villagers found that they couldn’t finish it one their own. They decided to ask the people of Immingham for help. The people of Immingham gladly helped the villagers and soon the new church was completed.

A few years later, there was a terrible storm and the church in Immingham was struck by lightning and damaged. The next morning the people of Immingham inspected the damage. They decided it was so bad that they would have to ask for help repairing it, so they asked the villagers in Killingholme for help.

The villagers, however, refused to return the favour they had been granted a few years earlier. The people of Immingham were left to fix their church on their own.

Eventually they had repaired the damage, but the villagers of Killingholme had annoyed them greatly. They decided to stick a gargoyle on top of the bell tower, with its naked backside pointed toward Killingholme. The gargoyle can still be seen today.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a decent picture of the gargoyle as I’d have to climb a tall tree to capture it. It’s right at the top of the bell tower so it’s not very easy to see from the ground.

There are many little urban legends and kids games around the world involving ghosts like ‘Bloody Mary’ and ‘Resurrection Mary’ (Yeah there’s a lot of dead Mary’s) Saint Andrew’s church has it’s own little legend and game that local children have been dared to play.

Apparently if you run around the church counterclockwise three times and then look at a particular carved face on the north facing church wall then the Devil will appear to you.

The Devil face on the side of the church.

About two years ago, my sister and I attempted this little game. The only problem was that we were unfit chain-smokers and we ended up giving up. Believe me, running around a church three times seems more strenuous than you’d think! I suppose the other reason why we stopped is that we couldn’t really take it seriously. It’s the kind of thing that can scare the hell out of little children, but as adults it’s hard to get that naivety and magical spark that kids have.

Regardless of the fact we’re now supposed to be cynical adults, we’re going to give it another go next week, I’ll let you know how Satan’s doing in my next post.

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  1. π•Ύπ–π–—π–Ž π•½π–†π–‰π–π–Šπ–˜π–π–“π–†π–“π–‰π–˜π–“ π•΅π–š says:

    do you want to see a ghost..?
    if yes i can send but all.risk is yours.
    it will meet you if you want to meet him..

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      1. π•Ύπ–π–—π–Ž π•½π–†π–‰π–π–Šπ–˜π–π–“π–†π–“π–‰π–˜π–“ π•΅π–š says:

        Ok.. if you really wish to meet some ghost tell me. I saw many of them and they always want to meet beautiful girl…

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      2. π•Ύπ–π–—π–Ž π•½π–†π–‰π–π–Šπ–˜π–π–“π–†π–“π–‰π–˜π–“ π•΅π–š says:

        even you may be shocked when you know that ghost are very near you..

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      3. Well I’ve seen plenty of ghosts and I don’t doubt that there may be a ghost in the house I’m living in.. however I don’t fancy having another one in my house. I don’t mind going out ghost hunting but I don’t want a ghost attached to me, following me around so thank you for the offer but I’d rather not meet your ghost.

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      4. π•Ύπ–π–—π–Ž π•½π–†π–‰π–π–Šπ–˜π–π–“π–†π–“π–‰π–˜π–“ π•΅π–š says:

        its ok. but i am not talking about any of my ghost i am talking about me.
        i am also a ghost..

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      5. π•Ύπ–π–—π–Ž π•½π–†π–‰π–π–Šπ–˜π–π–“π–†π–“π–‰π–˜π–“ π•΅π–š says:

        i am good.. what about you beaitiful girl..

        what to do for you .

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    1. Whenever I travel around the UK, I like to visit all the graveyards I see too haha. It’s a shame you didn’t see any ghosts, I’ve never really found graveyards to be haunted. I think spirits prefer to stay in the homes they lived in or a place of work. I don’t think they follow their dead body around.

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      1. It really would be cool to see some and I do think you’re right about them wanting to stay in the home where they passed. When I lived at home in the basement, I used to hear a lot of creeks and other noises down there….was scared to death back then, I guess because I was a Christian and they aren’t supposed to have anything to do with such things…

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      2. Yeah it makes more sense for a ghost to want to remain in the place they lived. Basements are always creepy for some reason. I can’t explain why ghosts tend to gravitate to either the basement or the attic haha

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  2. I LOVE graveyards! I find them peaceful, and serene. People lying at rest, finally finished with the daily war that is Living… I’ve never found them to by spooky. Quite the opposite, actually.

    I like the old ones the best. I’m from Virginia, USA, which is old by American standards although laughably young by European standards. I look at the graves and think, man this dude died three hundred years ago. What did HIS life look like, as compared to mine?

    Fascinating.

    Incidentally, my best friend growing up lived in a house built in 1830. The Confederate States of America used the house as a makeshift hospital during our War of Northern Aggression, and hundreds of soldiers died in it. I used to get hammered and spend the night there all the time… I never saw a ghost. I was kinda disappointed, actually.

    Then again, the ghosts were probably thinking… Man, this guy’s an idiot. Let’s go hang out somewhere else! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yeah I agree with you there. It’s great reading gravestones and trying to imagine the lives they once had.
      In almost every graveyard I’ve been to in Britain, the oldest gravestones have been worn away that the engravings have disappeared and I often wonder who is beneath the blank gravestone.
      That house sounds really interesting, it must be so cool to live in a house with so much history. I used to drink a few beers before ghost hunting and I rarely saw anything. Maybe ghost don’t like drunks haha

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