He died peacefully in Pendean Farmhouse, in 1670, sixty years since his
birth there. For the next three hundred years he kept an eye on the place,
and the families who lived there. They often heard him walking about. "A
friendly ghost" they said.
For a long time there were few changes, the sound of horses and cries of
"Whoa" continued down the years. Then he became aware of strange rumblings,
and references to "tractors", "cars".
In the 1960s the house was empty. He felt lonely, until one day he heard
voices. "An original beam" stated one. "This was added in the nineteenth
century" said another. Later, he heard hammering. The house shook. Its
timbers were being taken apart and loaded on to a "lorry". He clung to a
beam and was alarmed as the countryside moved alongside, then stopped. Ten
years passed. There was more hammering. The house was back together again.
"Singleton is brill!" said a young voice downstairs. "Yes" said an older
one. "The Weald & Downland Museum is special. This house came from Midhurst.
And do you know: when I am here on my own I often hear someone walking
about. A friendly ghost!".
@Carol Brinson May 2004