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11 Oct: The Devil at Tunstall

Close to the ruin of St Peter and St Paul’s church at Tunstall is a boggy pool of water known as ‘hell hole’ which bubbles in the summertime.

St Peter and St Paul’s church at Tunstall. CREDIT: Evelyn Simak / Geograph

The bubbles are said to be the sinking church bells as they are taken to hell by the devil, who snatched them in front of the parson and churchwardens who were arguing about who should take them. On quiet nights, across the bogs and marshland, it is said the muffled peal of bells can be heard as Satan rings them in his underworld.

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