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Roy and May Beaumont Schofield

The magazine of the Shell Mex and B.P. Group March 1969


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Roy Schofield, Shell Retail Sales Development Representative for Doncaster, and his attractive wife, May, believe in ghosts. They live in Lindley House in the village of Brierley, reputedly haunted by a ghost wearing the uniform of a footman. Neither Roy or May have actually seen the spectre, but May is sure one day she will. 'Quite often', she told me, 'In the night, I have heard footsteps coming down the staircase from the old servants' quarters, and whenever I go upstairs, I feel a presence and I have a distinct feeling that someone stand aside to let me pass. The Schofields have a huge but amiable Great Dane, named Beau. Normally a gentle creature, he occasionally rushes about the house howling in obvious fear. These attacks coincide with May's feeling 'the presence'. Roy and May are not the least bit afraid of their ghost, for they sense that it is essentially a friendly one. Lindley House, the oldest part of which was built in the early 1700's, has an interesting history. During World War 1 it was used as a convalescence home for wounded officers. The matron who was spending a night alone there waiting for a new intake, according to village gossip, ran out in her night attire having been frightened by nocturnal noises, and she flatly refused to return even in broad daylight to collect her baggage


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