The history of the Cathedral dates back to 655 AD to when it was originally an Abbey of St Peter housing the Benedictine monks. Therefore it hardly comes as a surprise that there have been numerous reports over the years of people encountering ghostly figures in black robes looking very much like monks. One famous sighting is that of the single monk who appears on a number of occasions walking through the ruins of the cloister, then as people get a closer look he disappears. Another sighting of a monk has been witnessed inside the Cathedral; better known as the terrified monk. He is young and is always seen doing the same thing. He walks up the cathedral nave, stops suddenly and looks back then runs terrified as though he is being chased. What happened to him no one knows, but this same moment is replayed, he is always oblivious to any apparent change his surroundings!
More monks have been sighted in the graveyard. Two ghostly monk figures have been seen walking under one of the archways, and another part where the monks were buried, one has been spotted a number of times kneeling as though in prayer. It seems very fitting that these ghostly religious figures still appear today, always carrying out there Godly duty that seems somehow still strangely relevant to us.
If you ever pass the Cathedral precincts late of an evening, take a chance to look up at the windows. Some say that a flickering light may appear. If you ever see it, it is said to be the light of the stonemason’s candle. The stonemason always stayed late into the night at work on the building of the Cathedral, and used his candle to guide him on his way. However, one fateful evening his candle went out while he was still up high working, it was too dark and he stumbled falling to his death. The light at the window shows the stonemason's continued desire to work long after his death, unaware that it no longer needs to be done.
I always find it amazing how these ghosts from our past continually still seem to appear today. It is as though they have a mind of their own and they don’t want to be forgotten. It can seem that they may appear for a reason, embedding themselves into time allowing their actions to be replayed.
What if that’s what ghosts are? A fragment of time stuck that just replays itself repeatedly, like the terrified monk described above. It's ordinary people like you and me that see ghosts, maybe next week maybe next year! What if we actually became part of their story!
It’s one thing that I have always wondered, and there never seems to be a definite answer; what do you think? What is a ghost?