The Mysterious Case of the Campden Wonder

L. Small
5 min readOct 1, 2023
The Campden Wonder. Source.

A few centuries ago in Chipping Campden, a very strange case occurred. A local man did not return home. The next day, his clothes and hat were found stained with blood near Ebrington. No one had found the man’s body. The servant, his mother, and his brother were hanged for murder. But two years later…

The Campden Wonder is the name given to a strange and mysterious event that occurred in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England, in the 17th century. It began one day in 1660.

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But before we look at what happened in 1660, there was a strange event that preceded it a year earlier. In 1659, the home of a local man named William Harrison was broken into during the day while he and his family were at church. During this incident, a sum of money was lost.

Just a few weeks later, Harrison’s servant, John Perry, claimed to have heard cries for help from the garden. According to his account, he saw two white men carrying swords. However, Hammersmith security at that time said there was no robbery in 1659.

On the fall day of August 16, 1660, William Harrison, who was 70 years old at the time, left his house in the morning and walked 2 miles to Charringworth to collect rent. But Harrison didn’t return home until late in the day. His wife began to worry. She then sent her maid, John Perry, to look for her husband.

However, they did not return until the next day. Edward Harrison, William’s son, immediately went looking for the whereabouts of the two. While on his way to Charingworth, he met John Perry. John Perry said he had been unsuccessful in finding his employer.

Edward and John then began searching for Ebrington. There, the two of them met someone whom William had planned to meet. The person said that William had been there the night before. Edward and John then searched the village of Paxford, but William was not found there.

Edward and John then decided to return to Chipping Campden. It was on their way back that they found some of William’s belongings scattered on the road between Chipping Campden and Ebrington.

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L. Small

"One arrow alone can be easily broken but many arrows are indestructible" ~Genghis Khan~