3 Haunted Places in Dorset
Stewart | On 16, Apr 2017
The Langtry Manor Hotel, Bournemouth
The Langtry Manor is a country house hotel in Bournemouth.
The hotel was originally called the Red House and was built in 1877 by the Prince of Wales for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
Members of staff and guests alike have witnessed at a grey shadow wandering about the hotel.
Many believe this shadowy figure is the ghost of Lillie Langtry!
Paranormal activities such as phantom footsteps, eerie voices and cold spots have also been reported to take place at the hotel.
Athelhampton Hall, Athelhampton
The Grade I listed Athelhampton Hall dates back to the 15th century.
The hall is privately owned but the good news is that it’s open to the public if you fancy a look around.
Back in 1493, Sir William Martyn built the Great Hall.
Since then a gatehouse which was sadly demolished in 1862, a west wing and fantastic formal gardens have all been added to the country house.
The hall is said to be one of the most haunted houses in England.
In fact, if you cast your mind back to the very first episode of Most Haunted way back in 2001, you may remember it was Athelhampton Hall they investigated.
One of the most infamous ghostly events to take place at Athelhampton happened in the Great Chamber…
A lady guest to the hall was reading there when all of a sudden two duelling men burst in and continued to have a sword fight.
The lady pulled on the bell rope for assistance but nobody came.
The men eventually left the room when one of them received a cut to his arm.
To this day, nobody knows who exactly the ghostly dualists were!
Owners, members of staff and guests alike have all witnessed the ghostly apparition of the Grey Lady who roams the rooms and corridors of the hall in the middle of the night.
On one occasion she was even seen walking through a wall!
The wine cellar of Athelhampton Hall is said to be haunted by a ghost nicknamed Cooper.
He’s said to make an eerie tapping noise!
One day, a maid at the hall was scared out of her mind when she witnesses a ghostly apparition of a monk walking along the corridor just outside one of the bathrooms.
Apparently, he’s said to be the ghost of the catholic priest to the Martyn family.
One of the strangest hauntings at the hall is that of a pet ape which was said to have been accidently locked in a secret passageway behind the Great Chamber.
Spooked visitors to the Great Chamber have reported hearing an eerie scraping noise coming from behind the chamber’s panelling as if an animal was trying to escape!
Corfe Castle, Corfe
The 11th century Scheduled Monument and Grade I listed Corfe Castle was built by William the Conqueror.
In 1572 it was sold to Sir Christopher Hatton by Elizabeth I.
Later, at the time of the English Civil War, the Royalist Sir John Bankes owned the castle.
His wife famously defended the castle against Parliamentarian forces.
The first unsuccessful siege was in 1643 but the castle was later overcome in 1645 resulting in it being demolished by Parliamentarian forces.
If you fancy visiting the castle, then you’re in luck, as today its run by the National Trust and opened to the public.
Now, with such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you the castle is said to be haunted.
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing eerie lights on the ramparts in the dead of night.
The unnerving sound of a phantom weeping child has also been heard amongst the ruins of the castle on still dark nights.
Terrified visitors to the castle have reported seeing the gruesome ghostly apparition of a headless woman in white walking near the castle’s gate.
At the bottom of castle hill, shocked people have reported hearing the thundering sound of galloping phantom horses.
And in 2009, a local man was spooked when he witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man wearing a cloak and a big floppy hat…
The apparition just vanished into thin air as soon as he realised the local had spotted him!