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Lost Traveller Story

In Hampshire, in the eighteenth century, a Mr William Davis was riding home when a heavy fog surrounded him, and in no time at all he found that he had lost his way.

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Suddenly, he heard the bells from his local church (Twyford) start to ring. As they did so William realised he was heading in the wrong direction, so he turned his horse around to follow the sound and arrived safely home.

Twyford, Hampshire

Later on he worked out that he must have been only a few yards away from chalk pits, where the ground had been dug deeply. Had he gone any further, he would have plunged to certain death.


When Mr Davis died in 1754, he left some money in his will. The money was to pay the bellringers to ring the church bells at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m on 7th October every year, to help travellers find their direction should they get lost on the same night he had been lost. The funds ran out long ago but the tradition remains.


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