At some point, Mark Sharp visited Anne’s aunt and persuaded her that – on John Walker’s orders – a family home had been located for Anne, well out of the district and away from nosey villagers. As John was a Yeoman (a gentleman owning a considerable size of land, making him powerful locally and someone to be respected) and considered to be of good standing (aside from the many gossiping tongues within Lumley village), the Aunt helped Anne to pack and soon Mark and Anne had left the area. Anne was never to be seen alive again.
As a location steeped in the annals of time and mystery, it’s little wonder that this fascinating piece of Wiltshire called Avebury holds a serious reputation for the paranormal and unexplained phenomena; a reputation that continues to yield tales from across the centuries, as well as very recent accounts of ghostly occurrences.
The cottage felt perfect, although the figure of a witch made from corn, which was hanging in the stone fireplace, was a bit of a shock. But hey, we were two young mediums, used to researching and discussing the afterlife. We’d both grown up in haunted houses. We’d seen things. No mere corn witch was going to scare us.
1884 saw the height of witnesses reporting the sighting of a ghostly woman in black at the Cheltenham residence. Neighbours and visitors to the house added to the list of people who observed this tall, unknown lady. On most occasions each reported that the woman was solid, so therefore everything had seemed normal. When Myers asked the key question, ‘what made you think she was a ghost and not someone living?’ he received essentially the same answer, ‘when she just disappeared into thin air before my eyes’.