mysterious, supernatural presence haunts Chester's
13 Lower Bridge Street.
Like many Chester buildings, number
thirteen features a Roman cellar hewn out of the
sandstone bedrock, topped by later medieval and
17th- and 18th-century floors above.
THe premises are now occupied by a well-known Chester
hairdressers. Trouble began when renovations in
1984 apparently disturbed a dormant spirit. When
the owner came into the locked shop each morning
she often found shelves rearranged or items such
as postcards strewn on the floor. “Naturally, we
thought at first that intruders had forced their
way in,” she said. “But when we found not the slightest
sign of a break in, we were genuinely puzzled.”
Then, on two subsequent occasions, customers saw glass ornaments lift from a sideboard and hurtle across the room, to shatter on the wall. An otherwise sceptical member of staff was also surprised one day when making coffee, to see the kettle lid circle the room before dropping cheekily at her feet.