Haymaker's Survey – Our Secret Inheritance

World Tree - Places

Our story occurs around Ware in Hertfordshire. It includes local folklore, ghosts and the mysterious Royston Cave with its medieval carvings. Some of the places and objects to feature in the novel are shown below.

Keeper’s Cottage
Keeper’s Cottage

This is rear of the cottage.

It doesn’t look especially old, but the main part of the house was built over 200 years ago.

To think that Lucy Ebbs stayed here!

Royston Cave
Royston Cave

This is an image from Royston Cave, Hertfordshire. 

When we visited Malachi had to wait outside again.

It’s an amazing place, though unlike Charles we didn’t see any spinning vortex!

The bridleway
The bridleway

This is where Ben saw the ghost of Fanny Ebbs and the manic horseman.

Take a look at the shadow on the path – could this be Fanny Ebbs?

St John’s Church, Widford
St John’s Church, Widford

This is the church where Lady Plumer married Captain Lewin. 

According to Charles, Richard was later buried in the churches graveyard.

Ben heard the bells of the church toll on the Autumn Equinox just before he saw Fanny’s ghost and the mysterious rampaging horseman.

The curious Fallen Web-Log
The curious Fallen Web-Log

Look to the left of the log and you can just make out the remains of a clinging wooden figure.

We think this is where it happened – Lucy certainly cast her protective spell here!  We’re running out of time as the figure is breaking up!

Nimley Bourne Stream
Nimley Bourne Stream
This is the basin of the stream – it’s a beautiful, tranquil place, where time could easily stand still.
Blakesware Manor
Blakesware Manor
This is how the Manor may have looked when Charles lived there.

World Tree - Things

The Goblin Tree
The Goblin Tree

This is the view of the Goblin Tree from the window of Keeper’s Cottage.

Its mouth is open and there are two horns on top of its head!

In the background is the field where the Haystacks normally are.

The Skulls
The skulls
One of the skulls which we found hanging on the outhouses at Keeper’s Cottage.
The Magic Stones
The Magic Stones
One of the mysterious stones that inspired the Blakesware Set.  
Clibborn’s Post
Clibborn’s Post

This is the post put up to show the place where Walter Clibborn – the Murderous Pie Man of Ware - was said to be buried after he was executed.

How does that explain the Deadman’s Finger’s?  Deadman’s Finger’s

The Gold Locket
The Gold Locket

This is the locket Malachi found.

It seems only Charles knew its real purpose.

The 3 of Hearts playing card
The 3 of Hearts playing card

Why was Charles so obsessed with this card?

What’s with the Thank You Ben – What did I ever do?

We don’t like the hand-writing either – it’s too spooky.

The Lion Head Statue
The Lion Head Statue

Based on what Charles says in his Journal about the statue that stood in the wilderness gardens of Blakesware – we think it may have looked like this.

Charles had to cut the foliage away from the statue to reach the words – Time Is, Time Was, Time’s Passed etched into the base.

There was also the latin, “verbatim ac litteratim” which means word for word, letter for letter. 

Sarah’s mobile phone
Sarah’s mobile phone
When she lost the phone her screensaver was a picture of the Earth taken from space – The Planet Blue in a Sea of Black!
Charles’ Journal
We’re trying
to find a
nice
photo!
This is how the journal may have looked.  It’s in really good condition.
Sarah’s 2012 Olympic dog - Malachi
Malachi 2012
We liked this so much we placed it on our site – Malachi 2012!
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