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'The Shining' at Shipley Glen

Shipley Glen is a tourist spot which levels out and becomes Baildon Moor to one side and Bingley to the other side.  There used to be a lot of mining in the area as well as an old pottery works which nearby Lode Pit Lane is named after.  There is a also a New Stone Age burial mound called Coll's Mound and a small stone circle near an area called Soldier's Trench, on Shipley Glen.  Ancient cup and ring stones have been found on the moors too. There is a pub called 'The Old Glen House' which serves food and drink and also has a tea room in a Portakabin type building on-site.

We recently researched the story about to be told, looking up the actual records and also looking at century-old maps of Shipley Glen and the surrounding area.  Shipley Glen used to boast a whole host of attractions, including the Glen Tramway and supposedly one of the world's first ever theme parks, now long gone.  This is just a bit of background history. 

We are now going back in time to February 1920.  The Old Glen House was still there, but a little distance from this was another tea room run by a family called Wainwright.  Mr Wainwright was a retired stonemason and market gardener and he was locally renowned for his strawberries. In fact, the little teashop was well known in its own right.  The house together with its tea rooms was called Glen View Cottage.

The Wainwrights had a number of other children, but at that time only their son, Charles, who was forty years old, lived with them.  Mrs Henrietta Wainwright did not get on with her husband Harrison Wainwright. Apparently, both herself and Charles ganged up on him.  Henrietta allegedly slept in her clothes and Harrison slept in the kitchen. Although the business did well there was a lot of domestic wrangling going on in the family.

Harrison Wainwright was an old man of around 73 and his wife was a year younger when on February 17, 1920, Harrison took an axe to his wife Henrietta and son Charles during the night, possibly after they had gone to bed.  He killed his wife and fatally injured his son who died the next day. There is a remembrance window for Charles in nearby Eldwick Church.

There is a very interesting, full account of the happenings on the internet from a man who is a descendant of Mr Wainwright and it was that account that prompted us to investigate.  The account in question refers to the cottage by nickname and not its actual name which we discovered ourselves from records and which is used here.

The twist in the tale is that this man, the descendant of Harrison Wainwright who wrote about the murders (inadvertently) bought a house near the spot where Glen View Cottage had once stood - roughly at the Prod Lane - Glen Road junction with Lucy Hall Drive, Baildon - in the early 1990's.  He experienced domestic and financial problems at which point he started seeing the ghosts of Charles and Henrietta Wainwright in his house. This disturbed him so much that he had a nervous breakdown.  He claims that it was only then that he found out that he was a descendant of Harrison Wainwright who murdered his family in that very same area back in 1920.

We thought this very similar to the goings on in the Jack Nicholson film 'The Shining' and so we have called this event 'The Shining at Shipley Glen'.