In 1573, in the village of Tidenham, the family of a parish priest were found dismembered and scorched in a huge bonfire at the edge of Coombesbury Woods. Their screams were heard as far away as Tintern Abbey. The priest himself was not amongst the dead and a body was never found.Reports from the time say that his body must have been cremated by the fire. However local folk songs tell a tale that he’d been possessed by the Devil himself, murdered his family and jumped off nearby cliffs (now known as Wintours Leap) into the River Wye. Much of Coombesbury woods were destroyed when Dayhouse Quarry was dug, but some areas still remain. To this day many locals avoid the area and claim that the family’s screams can still be heard on a clear night. If you dare… join us this October in the remaining haunted woods, disused limestone quarry and historic railway line near Chepstow. Limited tickets for FearFest-Evil are available now at http://www.FearFest-Evil.co.uk FearFest-Evil is a live Halloween horror event running for selected nights in October.
Here’s the 80’s Horror Movie inspired teaser trailer for the 2017 FearFest-Evil Halloween Horror Event! Go full screen, turn up the sound and bask in the 80’s horror of ‘Chop-Chop’ the Butcher of Tidenham!We don’t know his real name, but the giant of the man known as ‘Chop-Chop’ was believed to have died at the quarry site in 1959. He carved and served meat for many years in the Dayhouse Quarry kitchen and earned his nickname from his ability with a butchers knife. From speaking to old timers who worked at the quarry, the tale is that he went missing after being implicated in the disappearance of a local girl. There were also rumours that he may have been responsible for several other disappearances near the site. The story of his death is vague and a body was never found. However, local legend says his fellow co-workers took the law into their own hands and threw him off the cliff edge.