Dear Diary, After yesterday's hectic day I thought that I would take the next few days at a slower pace. As today is #Whitsun (the 7th Sunday after Easter) I thought I would see what had occurred today, and I came across an account of murder and haunting revenge.
Back in the 16th century, a renowned cook called Ellen Beans or Nell Beans was known for her famous cooking and for keeping her employer, a #Friar ant the #PrioryofSaintSaviour, happy and fat!
All was going well until one Whitsun when a young woman came to the #priory claiming to be the friar's niece, but he seemed a little too pleased to see her in Nells eyes. Over the next few days Nell set up a trap, placing tongs and bed warmers in the woman's bed, and her suspicion grew deeper on finding that they had not been moved to allow her to sleep in the bed. Then she walked in on the niece and her “uncle” getting to know each other far more closely than relations should!
Disgusted by the friar's behavior and the fact that he had broken his vows Nell decided to bake the two one of her famous warden #pies, but this one had an added ingredient of #poison!
On discovering the friar and his mistress dead the other brothers buried them hastily together in a grave to avoid gossip and public scandal and Nell disappeared.
Nell's fate was only discovered by later generations when three masons uncovered her body beneath the dark Entry floor of Canterbury Cathedral, it transpired that the brothers had bricked her in with a slice of her own pie letting her choose whether to die by poison pie or to starve to death!
However, her tale doesn't end there, on opening the tomb of Nell it is said that her angry #ghost flew out and vowed that any who saw her would be doomed, the three masons who unfortunately uncovered her body were the first to feel her wrath as two were later hung for murdering the third. It is said that Nell can be seen #haunting the dark entry every Friday.
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