Marsden Grotto

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A former gang member and smuggler named John the Jibber was actually an informer. His gang locked John in a barrel and hoisted him up, waiting for him to die slowly. John is still heard groaning throughout, and poltergeist activity is also reported.

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Geographic Information

Coast Rd
South Shields NE34 7BS
United Kingdom

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54.97700850268327, -1.377462917721573
Tyne and Wear
Nearest Towns:
Marsden, UK (0.8 mi.)
Harton, UK (1.1 mi.)
Westoe, UK (1.6 mi.)
Whitburn, UK (1.7 mi.)
South Shields, UK (1.9 mi.)
East Boldon, UK (2.4 mi.)
Borough Of South Tyneside, UK (2.4 mi.)
Jarrow, UK (2.9 mi.)
Jarrow-on-tyne, UK (2.9 mi.)
West Boldon, UK (4.0 mi.)


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