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Chipchase Castle
05-FEB-2005 Jim Lanyon

Chipchase Castle

The castle, or the hall, had been left in the charge of a maidservant, a man, and a young manservant. They were visited late one night by a peddler who asked permission to leave his heavy pack there overnight while he found a night’s lodgings nearby. He would collect it in the morning. Permission was given but when the man had gone, the girl's curiosity got the better of her and she approached the pack.To her horror she saw it move. She called the young manservant, who fired an old military gun at the pack and blood oozed out of the bullet holes. Meanwhile, the robber’s confederates, confident of success, approached the castle but they were greeted with a volley of gunfire that killed four of the robbers.

Now, near the east end of Bellingham Church is an odd tombstone known as "The Long Pack” that is said to mark the grave of the robber. Some say there is not a body beneath the stone.

The mystery lies buried in the grave.

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