famous manor, tucked away in a village of the same name in Dorset, is also
known to many as the 'The House of the Screaming Skull'. It has belonged to
the Pinney family for
of years and it is a member of this family that is connected to the ghostly
tale surrounding the house.
1685 Azariah Pinney was banished to the West Indies for supporting the Duke of
Monmouth. He soon became a successful businessman and eventually returned to
England. With him he brought one of his black slaves but soon after they
arrived in England the slave became ill and died. His last request was that he
be buried in his native home, but instead Azariah buried him in the local
churchyard. Terrifying screams and moans came from his grave and doors and
windows banged and rattled in the Manor so much that the slaves' body was dug
up. In the process however, his head became separated from his body, but for a
time all the noises and activities ceased.
few years later a new occupant of the Manor was so appalled by the sight of
the old skull that he threw it in the lake. As soon as he did so a piercing
scream filled the air and only stopped when the skull was brought back in to
the house. Ever since, the skull has reacted in the same way when it is
removed from the house. The present owner keeps it in an old box tucked safely
inside the Manor.