A Ghostly Company
Norwich Cathedral


. 2016: A Blackie Pilgrimage, with AGM, to Cambridge, 29th to 31st July, meeting for dinner at The Eagle. Courtesy of Dr. Mark Nicholls, we had the use of the Arthur Quiller Couch Room in the Old Divinity School, in St. John's College. A nice nineteenth-century ambience and it is handily built on a medieval graveyard! We included a visit to selected University Libraries, followed by The Book Auction. We included an informal presentation of Moongazer, written by DNJ, and delivered especially for us by Rob Lloyd Parry. Sunday 31st July saw us visit Knebworth Hall, the home of Edward Bulmer Lyton.

Also, a tour to Lisbon, 14th to 18th April 2016, included lunches, dinners, a visit to sites of interest in the locality and a visit to Sintra visiting the Pena Palace. There were the usual talks, story readings, etc.

. 2015: October 16th to 19th Companions visited Wells and Glastonbury to explore the work and haunts of R H Malden and Christopher Woodforde, among others, as well as enjoying some very atmospheric scenery Early 2015 saw an event in York, featuring much comradeship and story-telling and was centred round the Grade 2 listed Minster Inn.

. 2014: companions headed for Cardigan Bay in Wales to tread in the footsteps of Oliver Onions and William Hope Hodgson in addition, we enjoyed a visit to Dublin on the trail of both Bram Stoker and Sheridan Le Fanu. This was a venture in partnership with the Dracula Society.

. 2013: companions visited Rye to study the haunts of E.F. Benson, Henry James and E. Nesbit

. 2012:Cambridge to explore the university and city which provided inspiration for Cr M R James' legendary ghost stories (view photos). Also Stanground and Peterborough Cathedral to commemoratethe centenary of E G Swain's "Stoneground Ghost Tales" and nearby Fletton for a distant view of L P Hartley's childhood home.

. 2011: AGM in Bury St Edmunds with a visit to Great Livermere.

. 2011: A post-Christmas recovery weekend in Moreton-in-Marsh visiting L T C Rolt's house in Stanley Pontlarge, Great Tew and the Rollright Stones.

. 2009: Black Pilgrimage to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (view photos) amd AGM trip to Aswarby Park, the inspiration for "Lost Hearts" by M R James (view photos)

. 2008 Black Pilgrimage to Suffolk and Norfolk (view photos)

. 2007 Black Pilgrimage to South Yorkshire (view photos)

. 2006 Black Pilgrimage to Lichfield (view photos

As stated in the constitution (see Membership), it is hoped that there will be 2 events per year. Details will be published on this page as and when they are available.

On "Black Pilgrimages" we visit places associated with actual ghost stories, the lives of their authors, or which provide inspiration for the creative mind. Just as in the classic, antiquarian ghost stories, churches, cathedrals, manor houses, and other ancient and historic buildings feature prominently in the list of places visited.


Black Pilgrimage, with AGM, to Liverpool, 24 to 26 March 2017.

Black Pilgrimage to Oxford 4th to 7th August 2017.

The full itinerary can be seen on the Detailed Events page.

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