Places, objects and ideas from the shadows


Secret Devil’s standing stone in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire has one ancient standing stone – hidden in an overgrown area of a public park.

Local folklore calls the stone the Devil’s toenail. The Devil tricked three men into playing jumps, but instead of landing on earth, they plummeted down to hell. The ground closed, leaving just the stone as a reminder.

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Mind the gap – London’s forgotten tube stations


London has many dark corners and I’m sure even if you studied the city for a lifetime it would still have some secrets for you.

An obvious place to look in London for the unusual is simply underneath your feet. Perfectly encapsulated in Steven Smith’s book London Underground, there is a maze of tunnels, history and stories waiting to be discovered.

There are about 40 -50 abandoned tube stations including Aldwych and British Museum.