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A screaming skull is a human skull which, according to legend, disturbs the house in which it's kept by screaming, speaking, or causing other disturbances. In the case of a few of these skulls, they are the focus of hauntings which stop when the skull is laid to rest – but in the majority of stories, the act of removing the skull from inside the house is what sparks off the trouble. Sources and further reading: Westwood, J. and Simpson, J. 2005\. The Lore of the Land. Westwood, J. and Simpson, J. 2008\. Haunted England: The Penguin Book of Ghosts. Clarke, David. 1991\. Ghosts and Legends of the Peak District. Roberts, Andy & Clarke, David. 'Heads and Tales: The Screaming Skulls legends of Britain', in Moore, Steve (ed). (1996) Fortean Studies. Volume 3\. John Brown Publishing. London. pp.147-150\. In Calvariae Disjecta: The Many Hauntings of Burton Agnes Hall. Wikipedia - Screaming Skulls, Red Barn Murder, Appley Bridge 'Screaming Skulls', Paranormal Database: 'The Cursed Skull of Tunstead Farm', Ludchurch blog: 'The Ghost of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum', Lancashire Folk: 'The Pack Horse Inn History', Affetside Village website: 'Legend of the Screaming Skull', Real British Ghosts:

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