Around the time of the year 1913 a strange occurance happened in Stalybridge under the railway arch. It seems a vision, said to be the Virgin Mary came to the town. Crowds arrived from near and far to see it. Shortly after World War I started and the vision disappeared. Move forward to 20 years later and the apparition re-appeared just before World War II. Again it brought chaos to the town, and the police had to move the crowds again. On inspection they thought that it was caused by water running down the wall causing light from a nearby lamp to make the image. To stop this happening again the arch was bricked up.
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