3 Haunted Places in Downe
Stewart | On 26, Aug 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
Downe Court Manor, Downe
The most often seen ghost at Downe Court is that of a young girl.
Witnesses describe her as being soaking wet in appearance and sobbing.
She normally appears to people in a certain bedroom by standing beside their bed and waking them up with her terrible sobbing.
It’s said that she’s the ghost of a little girl who once drowned in the old moat at the manor!
Another ghost seen at Downe Court is that of an elderly man.
His apparition is often seen by spooked witnesses in the barn.
On one occasion a young woman woke up in the middle of the night to find an apparition of a severed arm lying on her bed!
The house is also said to be haunted by a ghostly cavalier…
An apparition of his head and shoulders was seen by a rather spooked former owner.
There’s also an eerie spot on the stairwell where it’s said that a group of cavaliers once hanged a man!
Down House, Downe
The grounds of Down House are said to be haunted by the ghost of Charles Darwin himself.
His ghostly apparition has been seen walking along the Sandwalk deep in thought.
The Sandwalk was Charles Darwin’s ‘Thinking Path’ which he would love to stroll along.
Witnesses describe his apparition as being an eccentric looking elderly man with a long white beard and wearing a long black cape!
The Rookery, Downe
One night Mary was woken up by the sound of a fight taken place in the hall.
She got up and ran to the hall to see who was fighting but when she got there she found nobody about and no sign of a disturbance.
A couple of nights later she was again suddenly awoken, this time by the sound of smashing glass.
Again she went to investigated but found no signs of broken glass anywhere.
She later found out from a local woman that the house had always had a reputation for being haunted.
In fact, local legend said that the house was haunted by the ghosts of two young boys and a cavalier from the English Civil War period!
Neil Arnold (2013) Haunted Bromley. The History Press