The Catteman Cometh [UPDATED]

Brockley's brushes with the uncanny pre-date Catman, vengeful snakes or UFOs.

Reader JPM kindly passed on this tale of the unexpected: A ghost spotted on the "lonely lane" between Ladywell and Brockley Rise and recorded in The Evening Post in 1894.

[Update: Transpontine has another good Brockley ghost story here]

24 comments:

Sparrow said...

No mention of a mysterious door anywhere?

Anonymous said...

I was up on Hilly Fields last night, and I can say with some certainty, the Dog Man Cometh.

Headhunter said...

Fasinating. What struck me was that this man was walking from Forest Hill to Brockley and the article seems to think nothing of it, how many people these days would consider walking that far?

Anonymous said...

I'm interested by the fact that the spelling of Lewisham wasn't fixed until some point after this date!

@HH not sure if you're being serious, but in my experience if you suggest a particular walk is lengthy some dreadfully hearty types show up and tell you that they do that walk twice a day and it takes them about 12 minutes.

Tamsin said...

Where I grew up there was an old lady whose exlamation on how well a child was growing was "Ooh! Wouldn't want to carry you to Gloucester!" The three mile walk was looked at as normal - just doing it with a heavy toddler on your hip was a matter of exclamation.

Transpontine said...

Interesting tale - perhaps a bit of marketing for the Brockley Jack?

The Cat Man said...

oh? scary stuff - almost as scary as eating at the Brockley barge!

Nux said...

Um - I walk over to Forest Hill most weeks actually.

Brockley Kiwi said...

Brilliant! There's not enough mystery in the world anymore. Everythings too easily explained by science or logic. I bet you if that story came out now most people would snigger at the loopy man claiming to have seen the aparition.

Anonymous said...

My nephew and I were walking down a road and he asked why that little boy was sitting on the curb. I looked and there was no one even though he could see him.

Q said...

It would be interesting to find out if anyone down the years has had a similar spooky encounter at that location. (Drug-free of course.)

Anonymous said...

wow!! either there really was a ghost or the little boy has a great imagination.

Obviously it was a ghost.

Brockley Jon said...

I'm with headhunter - how many people would walk it? Not many I bet!

Where is Wickham Terrace? Assume it used to come off Wickham Road. Can't see it now. Was it lost in the war?

angelofthewest said...

Yeah and a note to steve bullock: clearly we have no need for libraries which do nothing to enrich our lives by preserving, digitizing and providing access to ephemera like old newspapers. I don't know where this clip came from, but the vast majority of digitization projects are conceived of, and executed by libraries or in partnership with libraries, with grant funding (not the council's general funds / public purse).

Q said...

Recorded as "Wickham Terrace, Lewisham High Road" in archives, the latter being changed to Lewisham Way.
Click here for an early picture of Brockley Road North, now Upper Brockley Road.

Q said...

http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/images/lewisham/brockley/upper-brockley-road-00122-640.jpg

SORRY, CUT AND PASTE

Q said...

Wickham Terrace was the name for the villas behind what are now the Deptford Memorial Gardens.

Anonymous said...

well Brockley was once supposedly the haunt of highwaymen, hence the Brockley Jack being named after one.

mintness said...

This discussion and some curious Googling led my better half and I to the following blog post about the streets of the area around Lewisham Way/St Johns. It may well have come up in these pages before, but there's some really interesting stuff in there all the same (including about the aforementioned Wickham Terrace), so I'm sure it'll bear re-posting!

http://edithsstreets.blogspot.com/2010/03/thames-tributary-ravensbourne_15.html

mintness said...

"...my better half and me", even. Tsk.

mintness said...

Potentially also of interest:

http://edithsstreets.blogspot.com/2010/03/thames-tributary-ravensbourne-lewisham.html

http://edithsstreets.blogspot.com/2010/03/tq-389-759-thames-tributary.html

http://edithsstreets.blogspot.com/2010/03/thames-tributary-river-peck-honor-oak.html

I'll stop now, promise.

Tamsin said...

What an amazing piece of work. Confusing, but I like the way she follows the rivers - and the site must be searchable by google, although it would be nice if it had an internal system.

BTW "me and my better half". It's "my husband and I" and "me 'n' Phil".

Headhunter said...

Is it only 3 miles from Brockley to Forest Hill? Seems further... Still I doubt many would walk it these days unless turned out of a bar late at night, not taxis or night buses around. Think back to the great skate park debate, kids can't even be bothered to walk a mile to Ladywell to skate these days!

Anonymous said...

Further? I would have said it was 1 and a half to 2.

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