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A Haunted Railway

Some sensation has been aroused among the residents of a locality intersected by the main line of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway at Sittingbourne by the strange story that a level crossing that spot is haunted by ghosts.

The tale goes that at the witching hour of midnight a person has appeared on the line, where the apparition is said to take its ghostly walk, heedless of passing trains.

Of recent years the level crossing which used to exist at the spot has proved a veritable deathtrap to several persons, and in consequence of the numerous fatalities a foot-bridge has replaced the crossing.

It is actually alleged that the spirit of one of the victims now haunts the crossing, and numbers of people who reside in the immediate vicinity may be seen out of doors at night time, waiting for the apparition.

The rumours arise, no doubt, from the fact that a few days since, as a goods train was passing the spot, at about 2 a.m., the driver thought he saw someone on the line, and he believed that he had run over the person.

The train was brought to a standstill and a search made, but no one was to be found. The driver is credited with the belief that the apparition foretells impending danger.

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� Charlotte Graham 
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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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