Minsden Chapel

Nr Preston

Hertfordshire

 

 

 

 

 Hauntings

 

A  phantom monk.   He is said to appear at midnight on All Hallows Eve, to the Northeast of the chapel, as the bells of the chapel begin to toll.  The monk appears to climb a set of steps which no longer exist.

 

The sound of  faint music has been heard coming from the chapel.   Peter Underwood, the once president of the Ghost Club, spent a vigil there, and heard the sound of distant music. He also reputedly witnessed a white glowing cross on one of the walls, which disappeared and then reappeared.

 

A murderd nun is also reputed to roam the ruins.

 

A psychic who visited the ruin in 1993 reported experiencing visions of a bricked-up entrance to a vault, and also of barrels being unloaded from a farm cart in which a group of fugitives was hiding in terrible fear.

 

Reginald Hine, a local historian is also said to haunt the ruins fullfilling a vow he once made "I will endeavour in all ghostly ways to protect and haunt these hallowed walls".

 

 

 

History

 

The ruins of Minsden Chapel stand isolated amidst trees in the Hertfordshire countryside. There are rumours that it is situated on a former hermits cell and it is feasible that there are possible connections with the nearby Knights Templar headquarters at Temple Dinsley.

The ruins are within the eastern corner of a triangular shaped wood and are semi-hidden, from the view of the odd passing countryside wanderer.  A walk into the woods behind
reveal ditches that are perhaps a part of a collapsed outer perimeter wall suggesting a graveyard once accompanied the Chapel.  The place is wildly overgrown with nettles and elders.

The chapel, now a roofless shell, is made of flint nodules and dates back to the 14th

It has a strange melancholly atmosphere.  400 years of dissolution due to continued pilfering and disuse has left the church with no more than three columns and two main walls.  The windows have long since gone along with the lead roof which is thought to have been stolen in 1690 by Jeremiah GodfreyBy the 17th Century the chapel was a picturesque ruin, which was still used by those of a more romantic disposition for weddings. By 1725 the bells had been robbed from the chapel.

 On 11th July 1738, upon the marriage ceremony of Enoch West and Mary Horn a piece of falling masonry knocked the prayer book out the curates’ hand and was thus deemed by the Bishop of Lincoln too dangerous for any further marriages to take place. This only acted as a catalyst to further decay.

In the early part of the twentieth century the chapel became linked with Reginald Hine, who fell in love with the place. Reginald was a local historian who researched into the chapel's history extensively. It was during one of his visits in 1907 that his companion, W.T. Latchmore, is reputed to have photographed a phantom monk coming out of the ruins.

Reginald committed suicide in strange circumstances at Hitchin railway station in 1949. He calmly stepped in front of a train while in the midst of a conversation with one of his friends.   Hine’s ashes were scattered in the chapel and a grave stone was set into the floor next to the chapel’s former main window.

Long before he died he had said about the chapel "I will endeavour in all ghostly ways to protect and haunt these hallowed walls", so visitors beware!

 

 

 

 

       

 

  

 

                               

 

 

 

 

                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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