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The Ghostly Bike of T.E. Lawrence

Dorchester, Dorset
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Though Lawrence of Arabia is remembered first and foremost for his WWI desert activity, where he passed for an Arab because of his consummate linguistic skills, he thought of himself as a homebody, and was happiest at his remote Dorset cottage of Clouds Hill, about 10 miles from Dorchester .
Lawrence died in 1935 after a motorbike accident, when he was – pre-speed limit – riding his specially adapted chrome and black Brough Superior over the lanes near his cottage: as he came over a rise in the road he was faced with boys playing in the road, and ran his 1000cc bike off it to avoid them, dying of the injuries sustained in the smash shortly afterwards.
Both the road near Clouds Hill and the cottage itself have supposedly seen T.E. Lawrence ’s ghost returning. Rather improbably a spectral figure in Arab dress is said to enter the cottage and disappear, though Lawrence was at pains to push his past life behind him when he lived there. More interestingly there have been reports of a racing motorbike approaching people on the fateful road at night, then as the noise of its roaring engine gets close the thing vanishes into thin air. Which brings up an odd thought – given that the restored Brough Superior which belonged to Lawrence is, as it were, alive and well and living at Beaulieu Motor Museum , how does the soul of the bike accompany Lawrence on his haunted rides?

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