The Phantom Horseman of Lady Lane

Lady Lane is a rather spooky back road in Swindon, which has been closed to traffic for a number of years and is being gradually taken over by nature. I recently discovered there what appears to be the very large mark of a horseshoe (see photo - size 9 foot for scale). There is something odd about this horseshoe print.
The mark is at 90 degrees to the roadway. It has to be a rear hoof, as it's too close to the edge of the road behind it to be a front one. But one step forward would take a cart horse into the high hedge in front of it. But what if it's something very different? The other side of the hedge, straight in the direction in which the horse appears to have been heading, is the ruin of Blunsdon Abbey. The old house burned down around the end of the nineteenth century.
So a picture starts to emerge. Back when an abbey that was later converted into a house was still a religious site, chances are they would have had some heavy horses for agricultural work. Could it be th…

Review - Cork Dork - Bianca Bosker

Is it the EHRC or the Observer that's telling fibs?

He's Gone - Alex Clare - review

Review - Landscape Pro Studio

Review - A Night in the Lonesome October - Roger Zelazny *****

MPs in their cups

Does it matter if organ donor opt out doesn't work?

Story arcs are great - but don't lose the single episode show

Waving, not drowning

The Many versus The Few

Forecasts aren't facts

Review - Summer in the Islands

Can you discover the periodic table?

Review - A Murder for Christmas

Review: Murder at the Old Vicarage

The Mistletoe Murder - review

Murder on Christmas Eve - review