The drummer boy of Richmond .

drummer boy

Richmond. North Yorkshire. Nearly 200 years ago some soldiers found an entrance to a tunnel underneath the castle keep. They could not fit into the tunnel so they elected to send a regimental drummer boy.

The boy was asked to walk along the tunnel and beat his drum so that above ground the soldiers could follow the noise. They did this for 3 miles before the sound stopped unexpectedly. This was never explained until centuries later, when people now believe that the roof of the tunnel collapsed on top of the drummer boy, whilst drumming along.

Today a stone marks the spot the noise stopped. The entrance to the tunnel is still there, but is forbidden for anyone to go in. Today schools celebrate this local legend with children marching through town annually.

Legend claims that on some cold nights you can hear the faint sound of the drummer boy still.

Read more at greenhowards.org.uk

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