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The Rev. Frederick George Llewellin, who was the Vicar of Kidsgrove from 1922 until his death in 1941, wrote a book “The Lighter Side of a Parson’s Life” about his ministry in the town.
In this edited extract from the chapter which looks at the lives of the boat people who worked on the Trent & Mersey Canal, he tells the story of the Kitcrew Bugget – a ghost that haunts the Brindley Tunnel which runs under Harecastle Hill.
The Kitcrew Bugget
“Lor, bless yer, lad, don’t yer know? Did yer never hear tell o’ it? Well, gaffer, years ago, in the very middle o’ the tunnel right atween Tunstall on the one side and Kitcrew (Kidsgrove) junction on the other, two men murdered a woman and threw her body inter the tunnel and because it wor a deed o’ violence and her life wor taken from her before it wor asked for, that there ‘oman have never lain quiet.
“But years ago as it wor, she’d appear, sometimes in the form o’ a white horse, sometimes like a female without a head, but whenever her comes, trouble’s sure to foller. Never wor there an accident at the collieries but the Kitcrew Bugget wor sure to come to tell o’ it. Somebody ‘ll die, or be murdered or drowned in the cut (canal) or coal mine when that there ghost appears.”
Edited by Betty Cooper and David Martin
The photograph taken in 2012 shows the Chatterley entrance to the Brindley Tunnel – the home of the Kitcrew Bugget
The bed of the Burslem Branch Canal (March 2017)
I decided that Kidsgrove had to be more interesting than we came away thinking yesterday. It was originally a mining village which prospered well with the coming of the Trent and Mersey Canal, being not far away from the Potteries of Stoke. When the railways came the town mushroomed. In Edwardian times […]
To read the full post visit The Boggart and Another Tale. 5th February — NB Lillyanne
Site of the Anderton Wharf on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Ravensdale March 2017
I went for a walk at Westport Lake as it has been a beautiful clear chilly early spring day. Westport Lake is just over a mile away set in the middle of housing and industry, it was built to keep the water levels up in the Trent and Mersey Canal and sits between the canal […]
(Posted March 6th, 2017)
To read more visit Westport Lake — Tim Diggles
Reflections in The Trent & Mersey Canal at Middleport, October 2008