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The Hindhead Stone


On Sunday 24th September, 1786, an innocent sailor was viciously murdered by three assailants for the wages he carried in his pocket. The sailor was making his way from to Portsmouth in order to board a ship, and stopped at an inn on the way to quench his thirst. He befriended three other sailors, buying them ale with a golden guinea that he had received after his last sea trip. The sailor's new companions' eyes shone at the sight of the money, and they plotted to rob the man of his wages. The four men left the inn together and walked The Hindhead Stonethe Portsmouth road as far as the village of Hindhead. The plotting men, dizzy from the ale that the kind sailor had bought for them, turned on their walking companion, hitting him with sticks and slashing at his throat.

By the time they had completed their evil deed, the sailor's head was nearly separated from his body and his corpse was naked and robbed of all possessions. The three murderers were eventually caught when they tried to sell their victim's clothes in a nearby village. On 17th April, 1787, the wicked threesome were hanged in Hindhead, and their bodies were enclosed in iron frames that were suspended from a wooden gibbet for all to see.

A memorial stone was erected at the site of the murder, funded by the local people who took pity on the poor unidentified sailor.

Since that fateful night in 1786, many people have witnessed strange figures wandering around the memorial stone. It is thought that these are the ghosts of the three murderers, forced to return to the Earth on dark nights as punishment for their crimes.

 

 

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