A small UK village has been dubbed the "most haunted place in Britain".
Every home in Dunster, Somerset apparently has its own ghost. From monks and soldiers to witches and animals, these spectral figures are said to roam the houses, castle, pubs and hills of this ancient village.
Dunster was once home to a large Benedictine chapel, which was destroyed during King Henry VIII's reign. This event reportedly led to an influx of ghosts in the area, with local residents claiming that almost every building in the village is haunted by various entities, including Civil War troops, "grey ladies", and even horses.
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Sues Toogood, 55, a pharmacy dispenser, recalled her spooky experience after buying a cottage in Dunster. She said: "It was a wreck, the heating didn't work at all and a tiny fireplace was the only source of heat. I soon realised that all the smoke from the fire was coming out of a crack in the chimney in the upstairs bedroom.
''I had nowhere else to go so I slept in the spare room. It was a wreck, the heating didn't work at all and a tiny fireplace was the only source of heat. I soon realised that all the smoke from the fire was coming out of a crack in the chimney in the upstairs bedroom. I had nowhere else to go so I slept in the spare room.
Sues then described a chilling incident where she woke up in the middle of the night to voices.
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"It was a battery radio that I had put out for the builders. I thought it was strange but I switched it off and went back to bed, but then it happened again the next night," she added.
"I felt like the ghost was saving me from dying, it was a kind presence. I truly believe the ghost was saving me."
Janie Deeming, 59 and Nigel Deeming, 57, run the 15th century Stags Head Inn, the oldest pub in Dunster, which has it own resident ghost. Janie said: "Nearly every building in Dunster is believed to have a ghost or two. The house that we live in is very active, and we've only just managed to settle it down.
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''I nearly didn't move in here because they gave me merry hell, but now they've started to work with me rather than against me. Before we moved here five months ago we stayed in a particular house in the area, and the last time we went, let's just say the spirits were awake.
"On the first night, a door on the dresser clicked open, and we didn't think much of it but then it opened two or three more times. ''I then put my hand on it to keep it closed, and it pushed back, and I knew that wasn't normal. The next night a book flew off the bookshelf and fell open on a ghost story, and we all joked about it, but later that night when I was washing up, I could feel a presence behind me."
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Local author Nina Dodd, 66, has written a book 'Witches, Giants and a Ghost Cat' – a 'travel guide to the mystery tales of Dunster'. She moved there twelve years ago from her native Finland and has become fascinated by the English 'obsession' with ghosts.
The author, who runs her own Dunster Living store with her husband on the village's high street, says that she constantly hears stories from locals.
"One very common one we hear is about ghost monks, because there was once a Benedictine chapel in Dunster which was destroyed when Henry VIII was King," she said
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