9 Haunted Houses in the UK
Stewart | On 21, Jun 2017
Abbey House, Cambridge
You’ll find the 16th century mansion of Abbey House in the Barnwell area of Cambridge near to the old Barnwell Priory site.
At one time Abbey House was said to be the most haunted house in England!
It was said to be haunted by up to six ghosts.
A couple of the ghosts are said to be that of animals…
A phantom red squirrel has been seen running along the garden wall and on the lawn before it disappears into thin air.
And a ghostly hare has also been seen in the garden on cold winter nights when there’s snow on the ground!
Terrified witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a nun whose been described as the black nun or grey lady.
She’s been seen gliding along the path at the back of the house and also near the garden’s iron gates.
She was described as wearing dark robes!
Local legend says that she fell in love with a young man from the priory and was executed for her sins.
Former residents of Abbey House have reported hearing an eerie banging noise on bedroom doors, phantom footsteps on the staircase, clanking chains and ghostly whispering voices.
The apparition of a small brown furry creature which ran about the nursery on its hind legs was seen by witnesses too.
The family at the time nicknamed it Wolfie!
One lady was literally pulled out of her bed by something unseen one night.
Whilst on another occasion she saw an apparition of a man in full armour.
On another occasion a terrified witness saw the ghostly apparition of a disembodied woman’s head floating in mid-air in her bedroom.
This apparition manifested to her on three different occasions.
Other residents at Abbey House reported feeling something heavy laying on their chests in the middle of the night as well as having their bedsheets pulled off them by an unknown force.
In 1980 an elderly lady staying at the house awoke to see a ghostly apparition of a man shortly followed by six nun-like figures…
All appeared to be surrounded by a whitish light!
A friendly ghost known as the white lady was seen by witnesses tucking in sleeping children.
Witnesses have also reported seeing the ghost of Jacob Butler who lived in the house in 1714 and was nicknamed the Giant Squire.
The ghost of the Giant Squire is said to be looking for his beloved dog which died just shortly before him.
The apparition of the Giant Squire is described as a tall sad looking man wearing a long green coat, green breeches, black shoes and a black tricorn hat who is also carry a walking stick.
Ham House, Richmond
Ham House is said to be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Maitland, Duchess of Lauderdale.
Her ghostly apparition has been witnessed in the Italian gardens and has been heard on the stairs and walking along the corridors of the house.
Apparently her apparition has been described as wearing a black widows satin dress.
The Duchess bedroom where she died is also said to have a very strange atmosphere.
Phantom footsteps crossing the bedroom followed by the slamming of the door that leads to the bathroom have also been reported.
Sometimes the ghost of her beloved King Charles spaniel has also been seen and heard on the stairs by spooked visitors to the house.
Although the empty attic floors which were once the servant’s bedrooms are closed off to the public strange noises have been heard coming from them.
Phantom footsteps, slamming doors and dragging noises have all been heard coming from the attic rooms!
Like a lot of buildings opened to the public, smoking is strictly prohibited in the house but people have reported smelling the odour of old pipe tobacco in the Marble Dining Room.
The ghostly apparition of a young man looking for something has been seen on the terrace.
The ghost is believed to be that of John Macfarlane who committed suicide at the house due to a broken heart after a failed love affair.
The last Earl of Dysart who owned Ham House in the 1920s and 1930s was partially sighted and would use a cane to help him navigated around the house.
Every Christmas Eve he would visit his chauffeur at his cottage with presents.
He would cross the cobbled courtyard tapping his cane for guidence and then would give a loud knock on the cottage door.
After his death in 1935 the tapping of his cane on the courtyard cobbles and the loud knock on the cottage door are still heard every Christmas Eve.
In 1879, the writer Augustus Hare visited Ham House and wrote this following account in his autobiography The Story of My Life…
There is a ghost at Ham.
The old butler there had a little girl, she was then six years old.
In the small hours of the morning, when dawn was making things clear, the child, waking up, saw a little old woman scratching with her finger against the wall close to the fireplace.
She was not at all frightened at first but sat up to look at her.
The noise she made in doing this caused the old woman to look round, and she came to the foot of the bed and, grasping the rail, stared at the child long and fixedly.
So horrible was her stare, that the child was terrified and screamed and hid her face.
People ran in and the child told what she had seen.
The wall was examined where she had seen the figure scratching, and concealed in it were papers which proved that in that room, Elizabeth had murdered her first husband to marry the Duke of Lauderdale.
Bramshill House, Bramshill
Although there’s been a few manor houses at Bramshill over the centuries the one you see today dates back to 1605 when Lord Zouche demolished the former building and started to build a new Bramshill House.
Since that time the house has been the family home to the Antrim, Henley and Cope families.
The last private owner of the house was Ronald Nall-Cain in 1935.
Since then it has been a maternity home and a police training college… it’s now owned by the Home Office!
Bramshill House is said to be one of the most haunted houses in England…
It said to be haunted by up to fourteen ghosts!
Terrified visitors to the house have seen the ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady.
She said to be the wife of a religious dissident who was beheaded in the 17th century.
Another ghost often seen at the manor is that of the Green Man.
He’s said to be the spirit of a member of the Cope family who drowned in the lake in 1806.
Bramshill House has the Legend of the Mistletoe Bough associated with it.
In this legend, a young bride is said to have disappeared during a game of hide and seek one Christmas…
Fifty years later he body was found by servants in an old chest still wearing a wedding dress and with a sprig of mistletoe in her hand!
Hatfield House, Hatfield
Hatfield House was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury.
But it wasn’t the first house to be built on the site.
The Royal Palace of Hatfield was built in 1497 by the Bishop of Ely and was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.
The passageway in the Old Palace part of Hatfield House is said to be haunted.
Phantom footsteps have been heard walking down the passageway followed by the eerie sound of a door opening.
It’s then said that the spooky footsteps are heard descending the stairs.
In 1835, the first Marchioness knocked over a lighted candle in her bedroom causing a fire in which she tragically lost her life.
The fire also destroyed most of the west wing of the house!
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses gliding along the long gallery.
The Marchioness would regular take trips to London in her coach and horses.
Witnesses have reported seeing a phantom coach and four horses manifesting at the gates of Hatfield House.
It’s said to bare a remarkable likeness to the coach belonging to the Marchioness!
Apparently, it shoots along the long drive at great speed towards the house where it passes through the fronts doors and continues up the staircase before totally disappearing into thin air.
Queen Elizabeth I is also said to haunt Hatfield House.
And a ghostly apparition of lady has been seen to exit the Old Palace gateway cross the street and enter the nearby church where she suddenly disappears!
Knebworth House, Knebworth
Knebworth House has been the ancestral home of the Lytton since 1490.
The house was originally a red-brick Late Gothic manor house.
But in 1812 two wings were demolished with the house later being transformed into the Tudor Gothic building you see today.
Knebworth’s most famous resident was the Victorian author Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
The house is infamous for a couple of its residential ghosts…
The first being that of the Yellow Boy who if you were unfortunate enough to witness would mean you would soon die a violent death.
It’s said that his ghostly apparition would tell you how you would die.
As you can imagine, the Lytton family would avoid the room which the Yellow Boy haunted at all cost.
Now, Lord Castlereagh was the Foreign Secretary in the early 1800s.
He famously stayed at Knebworth House and had a visit from the ghost of the Yellow Boy.
Apparently, the young ghostly apparition was very life-like with long yellow hair.
Unfortunately for Lord Castlereagh he gestured his death to him by drawing his finger across his throat three times before disappearing into thin air!
On August 12th 1822 Lord Castlereagh committed suicide by slitting his own throat with a penknife!
The second infamous ghost to haunt Knebworth House is that of Spinning Jenny.
It’s said that Jenny worked at the estate in the 18th century.
She was locked in a room in the old East Wing to be kept away from a lower class man who’d she fell in love with.
Apparently she had nothing to do except spin yard all day which eventually sent her mad resulting in her taking her own life in the room.
Her ghost is now said to haunt that room with the sound of spinning.
A gardener who worked at Knebworth claimed he witnessed her ghostly apparition in the kitchen garden.
She’s said to look pale with a red ring around her neck.
Some say that the ghostly tale of Spinning Jenny was made up in 1800 by a guest called Miss James at a Christmas party.
But I’ll let you make up your mind on that one!
Another ghost often witnessed at the house is that of a young girl with long blond hair.
She said to haunt the Queen Elizabeth room and maybe the picture gallery too.
Recently, one American guest of the house got the shock of her life when she awoke to find the little girl leaning over her!
Terrified witnesses have also seen the ghostly apparition of a phantom Second World War tank driving from Knebworth House Lodge along the road to Old Knebworth.
Apparently a ghostly soldier frantically gesturing to people to clear the road and take cover is seen on the tank’s turret!
Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall
Today, the 18th-century baroque country house of Appuldurcombe House is sadly just a shell of a building.
It’s run by English Heritage so you can go and have a look around the house if desire.
Appuldurcombe dates back to 1100 where it began life as a priory, then a convent and eventually ended up in the hands of the Worsley family for well over three hundred years.
The house you can visit today dates back to 1702.
It was used to billet troops in both the First and Second World Wars but unfortunately it was badly damage during the Second World War by a German bomber.
Appuldurcombe House is said to be one of the most haunted places in the Isle of Wight…
Talking about Most Haunted, the gang investigated the house back in 2005 for Series 6!
A ghostly apparition is often seen running up and down the stairs in the building by terrified witnesses.
The cellars of the house are also said to be haunted…
Dark shadowy figures have been reported to roam about there and people often feel like they are being watched.
Two boys who were tragically killed in a gunpowder explosion near the Gate House in 1567 are said to haunt the building.
A phantom grey monk has also been seen walking across the lawn carrying a wooden staff with a lantern on it!
The Augustine Steward House, Norwich
In the middle of the Tombland area of Norwich you’ll find a house which was built by Augustine Steward in 1549.
In 1578 the house was overrun by the plague.
And it was thought that everybody in the house had perished.
So the bailiffs came and sealed up the premises.
It was standard procedure to lock up plague buildings from the outside, never venturing within and then paint red crosses on the outside as a warning to others to stay away.
This was done by the bailiffs with the Augustine Steward House.
Weeks later the bailiff returned with the pitmen to clear the house of the plagued bodies.
They notice that many of the bodies had bite marks on the limbs as though somebody had been trying to eat the flesh!
Then they discovered the body of one of the young daughters of the house but strangely she showed no sign of plague…
It looked like she had died by choking to death on a piece of meat.
But it soon dawned on them what horror had taken place.
The daughter must have been locked in when the bailiff sealed up the house.
And, close to starvation, she was forced to eat the flesh from her dead relative’s plague-ridden bodies only to choke to death in the process!
It’s now said the Augustine Steward House is haunted by the young girl.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by many witnesses either in the house, in the next-door Samson and Hercules House or in the Tombland Alleyway.
She’s said to be wearing ragged grey clothes so her apparition is now referred to as the Lady in Grey!
Sinai Park House, Burton-on-Trent
The Grade II* listed Sinai Park House is a timber-framed building which dates back to the 15th century.
At one time it was owned by the monks of Burton Abbey and used as a sanatorium.
One of Henry VIII’s chief ministers, William Paget, took ownership of the house after it had been used as a hunting lodge for many years.
It remained in the Paget family hands for over four hundred years!
After the Paget family, the house was the resident to RAF personnel for a short time.
Sadly, part of the house is in a bad state today…
In fact, two of the wings are on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register!
The good news is that the northeast wing was restored by the present owner who has now progressed onto the other wings.
Sinai Park House has a reputation for being very haunted.
In 2005, the team from Most Haunted investigated Sinai Park House for Series 6…
A ghostly apparition of dark hooded an old monk is often seen by terrified witnesses in the first floor guest’s room and in the hallway outside the room.
The apparitions of a coach and horses as well as a hay cart have been witnessed outside the property too.
Also, a ghostly scene dating from the English Civil War of Roundheads and Cavaliers fighting next to the moat bridge in the dead of night has been seen by scared witnesses!
Sticking to the civil war theme…
Phantom Parliamentarian soldiers have been seen warming themselves by the fireplace in the house.
An apparition of a man in 18th century clothing has also been seen in the corner of the same room!
The ghost of the Henry Paget, who owned the house at one time, has been seen in the Drawing Room by frightened witnesses.
And finally, there’s the ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady has been seen both in and around the house.
West Bromwich Manor House, West Bromwich
The medieval Grade I listed West Bromwich Manor House was built by the de Marnham family in the late 13th century.
The manor was the hub of their agricultural estate.
It consisted of living quarters, agricultural barns and sheds but unfortunately all that survives from that era today is the Great Hall.
Over the following centuries the complex was added to.
In 1823, it was sold and three families moved in.
By 1880 the manor had be converted into tenements.
The manor house then went downhill and by 1950 it was sadly in a derelict state but was saved by the West Bromwich Corporation who renovated it.
They then rented it to Ansells Brewery in 1961 which use the building as a restaurant.
Today, the manor house is in the hands of Sandwell Council which is restoring it with plans to open it as an attraction and venue.
West Bromwich Manor House is said to be very haunted…
In fact, the team from Most Haunted investigated it back in 2004 when it was a restaurant!
The ghostly apparition of a black bearded man has been seen by terrified eyewitnesses staring out of the windows of the chapel.
One of the manor’s rooms was sealed up for many years.
It’s now been opened up and since that day a spirit of a young girl has been seen in the room on many occasions.
Now, last but by no means least…
A medieval ghost has been reported, in of all places, the Ladies Toilet!
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!