3 Haunted Places in Warwickshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Warwick Castle, Warwick
The original wooden motte-and-bailey Warwick Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
In the 12th century it was replaced by a more substantial stone built castle.
During the Middle Ages, the castle passed through seven generations of the Beauchamp family who during their ownership significantly enhanced the castle defences.
In 1604, the castle was given to Sir Faulke Greville by James I.
Sir Greville converted the castle into a country house.
It remained in the Greville family until 1978 when it was bought by the media and entertainment company, the Tussauds Group.
Today, Warwick Castle is open to the public and is said to be one of Britain’s best castles to visit.
With such a long and eventful history, it’s no wonder that the castle is said to be haunted.
If you’re a Most Haunted fan, then you probably remember that the team investigated Warwick Castle in 2006 for their Series 8.
The most haunted area of the castle is said to be the King Maker attraction.
Witnesses have reported seeing dark shadowy figures and hearing spooky unexplained crashes and bangs within the area.
Sir Faulke Greville was stabbed and murdered by his man servant who then later committed suicide by slitting his own throat.
It’s now said that the ghost of Sir Greville haunts the Ghost Tower.
Legend says that a young mother and her baby were bricked up alive behind the wall of the castle’s Undercroft.
Frightened witnesses have reported hearing the sounds of eerie screams and a phantom baby crying in that room.
The Dudgeon is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a large man believed to be a former jailer.
His ghostly apparition is often seen behind the steel gate in the Dudgeon!
The Countess of Warwick was a keen spiritualist who used to hold séances with her guests in the Kenilworth Room.
It’s said that one séance she performed was so frightening that they all fled the room and locked it up for many years afterwards.
Ettington Park Hotel, Ettington
To the southwest of the Warwickshire village of Ettington you’ll find the Grade I listed neo-Gothic country house of Ettington Park.
The house dates back to 1858 but there’s actually been a manor of some description at the location for centuries before the Ettington Park was built.
The manor house was the family home to the Shirleys for many years.
George Shirley was responsible for renovating and adding more parts to the manor house.
Before the Second World War it was used as a nursing home whilst during the war it was used as a POW camp.
Today, Ettington Park is run as a luxury hotel!
Now, this old country house is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK…
Guests and members of staff alike have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of an old lady wearing a Victorian looking dress near the entrance of the conservatory.
The apparition of a man with his loyal dog has been witnessed in the library before suddenly vanishing into thin air.
Terrified guests and members of staff alike have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a lady in a white dress floating along the hotel’s corridors.
There’s said to be many more female ghosts that haunt the hotel.
There’s the Grey Lady who’s witnessed at the bottom of the stairs, an Edwardian lady seen in the Great Drawing Room and a servant girl who’s said to haunt the Oak Room.
The spirits of two young Shirley boys who drowned in the nearby River Stour and an army officer are said to haunt the grounds of the hotel.
And the ghostly apparition of a monk has been seen by terrified witnesses near the church!
Also, scared visitors to the library have reported the poltergeist activity of books flying from the shelves.
Brownsover Hall Hotel, Brownsover
Another of Warwickshire’s old halls which have been transformed into a hotel and have a reputation for being haunted is Brownsover Hall Hotel.
Brownsover Hall Hotel is a 19th century Grade II* listed mansion house in the village of Brownsover near Rugby.
There’s been a manor house at Brownsover since 1471.
In the 19th century, the old manor house was replaced by the Victorian Gothic style property you see today.
The hall is now run as a hotel and has a reputation for being haunted…
It’s said to haunted by a ghost called ‘one-handed Broughton’.
He’s believed to be a former member of the Broughton-Leigh family who had his hand cut off!
Many terrified members of staff and guests alike have reported hearing phantom footsteps together with eerie voices and groans whilst visiting the empty tower attached to the hotel.