Tag Archives: historical

The Flight of the Bird Girl

Plot

In 1645, during the English Civil War, thirteen year old Beth Verney was separated from ‘her parents, Sir Francis and Lady Verney, during a Roundhead attack on their home. “Roundheads” was the nickname given to the followers of Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the enemies of the King. Beth was befriended by old  Mother Shapton who possessed a strange power over birds, which she passed on to Beth before she was accidentally killed. Beth learned that her parents were at Skipton Castle, and with Sparky, Mother Shapton’s tame raven, she set out to find them.

Notes

Appeared

  • The Flight of the Bird Girl – Mandy: #361 (15 December 1973) – #370 (16 February 1974)

Bella Belong-No-Place

Plot 

In America sometime in the 19th century, Bella Whitehorn was stolen as a baby by a tribe and raised as one of their own. She was given the name Bright Gift. When she turns 12, her father chief of the tribe gives her back to her family to prevent a war.

bella belong no where

Notes

Appeared

  • Bella Belong-No-Place – Judy: #550 (25 July 1970) – (?)

The Hours of Darkness

Plot

Hannah and Sam are two orphans working in Mrs Kennel’s lodging house in the East End of London. One of the lodgers is Peter Palisade, a mystery man who sleeps by day and goes out only after dark. Sam decides to follow him one night. Peter Palisade returns but there is no further sign of Sam. Hannah is sure that Peter has killed Sam but she is forced to flee when Palisade catches her searching a large trunk in his room. Hannah finds refuge with Sarah.  an old friend, and late at night, when . everyone is asleep, the two girls return to the lodging house to pick up  Hannah’s few poor belongings, just as they are about to leave. the front door begins to open…

hours of darkness

Notes

  • Text story

Appeared

  • The Hours of Darkness – Debbie: #140(18 Oct 1975) – #144 (15 Nov 1975)

The Dark Days of Dorcas

Plot 

Dorcas, a little London waif was forced to work for a chimney sweep by the cruel Mrs Greems. Mrs Greems also had a lodger, a mysterious man known as Old Ben, who was kind to the children but Mrs Greems wanted to know what he was hiding.
dark days dorcas

Notes

Appeared

  • The Dark Days of Dorcas – Debbie: circa #64 (4 June 1974) – #77 (3 August 1974)

Cremond Hall / Cremond Castle / Blackwell Hall

Plot

Cremond Hall had been the country seat of the Earls of Cremond for many hundreds of years. Now, it was uninhabited except for its custodian, Miss Hatherleigh, and the echoes of its past. Miss Hatherleigh tells strange stories of about the Cremond Hall (later referred to as Cremond Hall), each story had an individual title.

It was later reprinted in Nikki under the name Blackwell Hall.

cremond

Notes:

  • In it’s first appearance it was referred to as Cremond Hall but later stories called it Cremond Castle.
  • The stories would mostly appear as standalone in sporadic issues although some stories did have 2 parts.
  • Was reprinted in Nikki under the name Blackwell Hall

Appeared:

  • Cremond Castle – First Appearance: Spellbound:  #21 (12 September 1977)
  • Last Appearance: Spellbound – #69 (14 January 1978)

List of Cremond Hall/Castle Stories:

  • The Doves of Sorrow  – Spellbound: #21 / Reprinted – Nikki: #212
  • Night of the Black Swans – Spellbound: #38 / Reprinted – Nikki: #213
  • The Little Crusader – Spellbound: #39
  • For the Love of Marie – Spellbound: #40 / Reprinted – Nikki: #214
  • The Rocking Horse – Spellbound: #41 / Reprinted – Nikki: #215
  • The Forgotten Music Box – Spellbound: #42 / Reprinted – Nikki: #216
  • The Sad-Eyed Princess – Spellbound #43
  • The Queen’s Destiny – Spellbound / Reprinted – Nikki: #217
  • Rosa Never Cries – Spellbound/ Reprinted – Nikki: #218
  • The Lovely Lucinda – Spellbound: #48- #49
  • Mary, Mary…  – Spellbound: #67
  • Night of the Black Archers Spellbound – Spellbound : #68 – #69

The Dark Secret of Grimstone Grange

Plot:

Orphan Polly Marsh worked at forbidding Grimstone Grange, owned by Harriet and Nathan Gaunt. Polly discovered that they kept imprisoned, Louise Lumley, believed to have died along with her parents in a fire at Grimstone Grange. Risking her life, Polly climbed into a derelict mill to help Louise escape.

dark secret grimstone grange

Notes:

  • Artists: Carlos Freixas

Appeared:

  • The Dark Secret of Grimstone Grange – Spellbound: #09 (20 Nov. 1976) – #18 (22 Jan. 1977)

The Maze

Plot

On a school trip to a ruined Victorian mansion, Susie Waters wanders into a maze. When she comes out, she finds herself in Victorian times, when the mansion was a school run by the cruel Miss Grimstaff. Susie needs the key to the maze to get back, but Miss Grimstaff has it. So Susie is forced to stay at the school, where she starts as one of the abused pupils and is then promoted to substitute teacher (but is still ill-treated) until she can get the key. In the meantime, Susie does what she can to help the abused pupils.

Notes

Appeared

  • The Maze –  Bunty:  circa #1992 (16 March 1996) – (?)