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SPOOKY TALES OF BRITAIN’S HAUNTED HOMES
These are some of the spookiest places in Britain, beware of some of their ghostly residents…
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Borley Rectory, Essex
Built in 1863, Borley Rectory’s reports of strange paranormal activities date back to the early 1900s, the earliest recorded sighting being that of a nun. According to local folklore, the nun fell in love with a monk from the monastery, and the pair attempted to elope together. But they were found and sentenced to death – the monk was sent to the gallows, while the nun was sealed into the walls of the nunnery alive. She is believed to have been seen on the grounds of the Rectory, looking for the monk. In 1928, Eric Smith and his wife moved into the Rectory and started hearing mysterious footsteps and doorbells ringing on their own. Paranormal investigator Harry Price was hired to conduct exorcisms, but in 1930, the Smiths moved out for good.
The Tower Of London
During its 900 years of existence, this famous landmark has earned the reputation of being one of the most haunted places in the UK. The most famous ghost has to be Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. Beheaded in 1536, Anne now appears close to her site of execution and has also been seen leading a procession down the chapel aisle. Some have even reported seeing her headless body roaming the Tower’s corridors. Another resident ghost is Lady Arbella Stuart, who was married to William Seymour. The marriage was seen as a threat as it did not have the permission of the king, and so Arbella was put under house arrest in the tower where it is believed she was murdered.
Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire
Although it appears complete from the outside, this Gothic mansion, built in the 1870’s, is missing floors, plaster, and even rooms, and is said to be the home of many ghosts. In 1902, a vicar reported seeing a strange apparition at the mansion’s gates, while a phantom horseman has been spotted on the drive. It is said the house itself is the epicentre of haunting in the area – visitors have collapsed after being attacked by ghosts, there is a floating head lurking in one of the bathrooms, as well as the spectre of an old woman who likes to attack female visitors by grabbing them in the dark. The ghost of a young girl has been seen playing on the stairs, while a woman sings Irish folk music in the scullery. The mansion has its own chapel, where satanic rituals have been reported.
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes, Devon
The castle lands of this ancient structure were given by William the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomeroy as a gift, and by 1305, the magnificent castle was completed. It remained in the Pomeroy family until the 1540s, when it was bought by Sir Edward Seymour, a brother-in-law to King Henry VIII. But Sir Edward made many enemies in his time, and he was executed. As a result, the castle is said to be cursed, with apparitions being sighted over the years – mainly the White Lady and the Blue Lady. The White Lady is believed to be the restless soul of Margaret Pomeroy, who starved to death in the castle’s dungeon. She has been seen waving to visitors. The Blue Lady is believed to be the daughter of one of the castle lords, ever since her father strangled her child, she has been seen roaming the hallways looking for her baby.
The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire
This haunting structure was built in 1145 for priests to keep slaves in while they built the nearby St Mary’s Church. The building is situated on the intersection of two ley lines – places which people believed to have high spiritual energy. These lines can be traced all the way to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, from where paranormal power is believed to be transferred. The most popular legend surrounding the Inn stems from a woman who took refuge in one of its rooms, before she was captured and burned at the stake for being a witch. In 1968, John Humphries bought the Inn. On his first night, he claims to have been grabbed by the arm by a demonic force, and dragged from his bed across the room. He has also claimed to have found the skeletal remains of two children under the staircase, with broken daggers embedded in their ribcages. Mr Humpshires is still haunted by various entities in the house today.
Pluckley Village, Kent
With up to 16 resident ghosts, this quaint corner of Kent holds the Guinness World Records for the most haunted village in England. One of the most popular ghostly residents is the screaming man – who is believed to have worked in the village brickwork and fallen to his death. There is also the highwayman, who is said to have been run through with sword and pinned to a tree. He now appears to visitors as a shadowy figure. On other occasions, the ghost of an elderly woman can be seen – it is believed that she accidentally set herself on fire while sleeping. Another famous Pluckley story is that of a schoolmaster who was found by children hanging in his room. He took his own life in the 1800s, and today he can be seen in the school grounds wearing an old coat and stripy trousers.
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