5 Haunted Places in Northamptonshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
The Talbot Hotel, Oundle
In the centre of the ancient market town of Oundle you’ll find the handsome Talbot Hotel.
The Talbot Hotel is very old, the timber frame of this Grade I listed building dates back to 638!
The rest of the Talbot Hotel was rebuilt using stonework from the ruins of Fotheringhay Castle in 1626.
Now, Mary Queen of Scots was executed at the nearby Fotheringhay Castle in 1587.
And it’s said that she haunts the staircase and many other rooms within the Talbot Hotel today.
One night, a guest at the hotel was scared witless after she was woken by something sitting on her bed!
And a ghostly face of a gaunt woman is often seen by spooked passers-by staring out of hotel’s windows.
The Brave Old Oak, Towcester
In the ancient town of Towcester is the Brave Old Oak.
The Brave Old Oak is a three hundred year old coaching inn situated along Watling Street.
The inn is said to be haunted by a couple of ghosts…
One being a ghostly horse from the English Civil War!
Members of staff believe that there’s something not of this world in the pub’s cellar.
And an apparition of a young child has also been seen by witnesses in the Brave Old Oak!
The Hind Hotel, Wellingborough
Along Sheep Street in the market town of Wellingborough you’ll find the Hind Hotel.
The historic Grade II listed Hind Hotel dates back to the 17th century when it started life out as a coaching inn.
The hotel has a reputation for being haunted…
Oliver Cromwell was said to have stayed at the hotel before the battle of Naseby in 1645.
And together with Sir Thomas Fairfax he planned the battle actually in the Hind itself!
It’s said that a serving maid was found spying on Cromwell and his generals whilst they were planning the battle.
Later she was found dead and it’s now said that her ghost haunts the building.
Poltergeist activity and phantom footsteps have been reported to take place at the Hind Hotel by terrified witnesses.
In the 1970s, the building was being renovated and this seemed to have upset the residential ghosts…
The Hind’s manager would get all sorts of objects thrown at him by an unseen force.
One day he had a bottle of soft drink thrown at his head which actually hit him resulting in him being totally drench with orange juice.
Two ghostly apparition of ladies dressed in white have also been witnessed in the hotel.
One is said to walk the corridors knocking on doors and the other is said to be a Victorian lady.
The ghost of a soldier, a monk, a drunkard and small children are also said to haunt the hotel.
And you know what…
Some even say that the ghost of Oliver Cromwell himself haunts the hotel too!
The World’s End, Ecton
The 17th century World’s End pub situated on the edge of the village of Ecton has a connection with the Battle of Naseby.
You see, it was once called the Globe but its name was changed to The World’s End.
Some say that name was chosen because the building was used as a temporary compound for Royalist prisoners taken at the Battle of Naseby before they went on trial in London.
It’s said that many a captured Royalist soldier died in the pub due to their infected battle wounds and harsh treatment by their captures…
Hence the name ‘The World’s End’!
The pub has a reputation for being haunted but not just by ghosts from the English Civil War…
Phantom ghostly footsteps and shadowy figure have been witnessed in the pub’s cellar.
On one occasion in 2002 a poor visiting gas man was scared out of his wits in the cellar when he witnessed a ghostly apparition of a man in period dress walk straight through him.
Apparently, the ghostly figure had no legs from the knees down!
The paranormal activity which takes place within the cellar is believed to originate from the English Civil War period because it was used as a mortuary at that time.
Another apparition often seen at the World’s End is that of a ghostly nun.
She scares the living daylights out of anybody who has the misfortune to see her…
You see, she’s said to have a gruesome skull instead of a face!
Her ghostly apparition is also often seen on Halloween outside the pub near the old sight of the village gallows.
The pub is said to be haunted by one more ghost…
The spirit of an ex-barmaid who was murdered by a jealous suitor!
On 14 June 1645, near the village of Naseby, the Parliamentarian New Model Army led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell defeated the Royalist army of King Charles I.
The Battle of Naseby was the pivotal battle of the first English Civil War.
It left King Charles I in a weaken state.
He lost some of his best men and all of his artillery which resulted in him never being able to recreate an army good enough to take on the Parliamentarian forces again.
After the battle, the Parliamentarian armies slowly wiped out all the remaining weakened Royalist forces throughout the country.
Like many battlefields throughout the world, Naseby has a reputation for being haunted…
In 1949, a couple who were taking a rest from cycling in the area were shocked to see a silent group of dishevelled looking men in period dress of leather jerkins and high boots.
To the couple’s disbelief, the ghostly apparitions just simply vanished into thin air right in front of their very eyes.
The day this ghostly sighting took place was the anniversary of the Battle of Naseby!
In 2008, paranormal investigators hit the headlines when they captured a remarkable photo also on the battle’s anniversary.
The ghost hunters were investigating the battlefield when they heard the sound of cannon fire.
One of the team took a photograph of the area which showed a ghostly soldier like figure standing by a hedge!