Reaching Kidsgrove, Kit ventured into an inn and asked if anyone would be willing to take her to London, and two men agreed to undertake the trip. But the misty 2-mile gloom of the Harecastle Tunnel attracted villains and vagabonds, and the men robbed and murdered poor Kit, and dumped her body in the canal where her head was ripped from her shoulders…
The men were eventually caught for the terrible crime and were hanged in Kidsgrove. Though they say poor Kit’s head was never found.
From that day on, the tunnel suffers from a ‘haunting manifestation’, the boggart Kit Crewbucket, who moans as she searches for her head so that she can begin her journey to London to find her husband. Her shrieks can still be heard in woods nearby. During the 19th century, boatmen were so convinced of her existence that some would choose a long detour to avoid a trip through the tunnel.
Many have told also of the delicious aroma of frying bacon filling the tunnel. This is the charming result of Kit’s party trick; if she likes you, she will cook you a hearty breakfast to send you on your way. But be warned – if you offend her, those shrieks will plague you until you go mad……..
and 'Shadows on the Water: The Haunted Canals and Waterways of Britain' by Allan Scott-Davies
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