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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Haunted Cornwall, and the story of Sarah Polgrean.

As promised, here is a bit more about Sarah Polgrean (1786/7 - Sat 12th Aug 1820)
As you may know my daughter is fascinated by ghost stories.
A recent book we had from the library told the story of Sarah and the subsequent stories that built up around her.
She was hung at Bodmin Jail for fatally poisoning her husband  Henry Polgrean.
According to the 'Brougham Printer' Falmouth, she joined in prayer before her execution and sung a hymn 'with extraordinary resolution'. 
Sarah endured a hard life and was thought to be promiscuous. It was said that she liked a sailor 'Yorkshire Jack'.
The story tells of a quiet few words with Jack on the gallows, and just before her death she said "You Will?" Jack replied "I Will".
Jack fell I'll after her death. It is told that he had promised to marry her in three years alive or dead.
At  the time of their agreed marriage, Jack fled to sea and returned from the mediterranean on a fruit laden ship.
There was a terrible storm and he was washed overboard and died.
Sarah is said to haunt the churchyard at Ludgvan, wearing a white shroud with a feint trace of the hangmans rope.

The story that got my imagination going though was the ghostly goings on in Mounts Bay Cornwall.
It is said that during storms sailors have reported hearing bells and a voice saying "I Will, I Will".
You can hear all sorts of things if you just listen!

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