Charlotte Skingle

 Seldom Seen

Seldom Seen Engine House lies hidden at the bottom of the valley. On March 16th, 1895, a tragedy there claimed the lives of three children and an adult who together drowned in a cooling pond belonging to the colliery which had frozen over. The ice broke and Percy Riley and Rebecca Godson (9) and Esther Riley (11) all fell into the freezing water along with Engine man Alfred Williamson (24) who attempted to save them. 

Eckington Woods is believed to be haunted by the ‘Seldom Seen Ghost’. Walking the landscape, I find myself drawn to the heart of the woodland, as if the memory of the incident is leading me back to where traces of their existence remain.