3 Haunted Places in Hertford
Stewart | On 11, Jul 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!
The Wallace House, Hertford
Along St Andrew Street in Hertford is a building called Wallace House.
It’s named after the famous Victorian naturalist Arthur Russell Wallace who lived in the house in 1828.
The house is currently used as a doctor’s surgery.
It also has a reputation for being haunted…
During renovation work the spooked builders reported that their tools would be mysteriously moved and electric drills would start up on their own accord.
The ghostly apparition of an old man has been seen walking along the top floor corridor by terrified witnesses.
One day a reception manager was working in her office on the top floor.
She glanced into the common room opposite her only to witness a ghostly apparition of a man standing in the corner of the room looking out of the window.
Apparently, he was dressed in a black frock-coat, had white hair and was very distinguished looking!
As she watched him he disappeared into thin air from the legs upwards.
I’ve seen old black and white photos of Arthur Russell Wallace and her description of the apparition fits him down to a tee.
Was this ghostly man Arthur Russell Wallace?
One evening the practice manager was working in her office when she got the shock of her life…
You see, the large television set which was on top of a filing cabinet suddenly flew across the room and landed in front of the door.
This wasn’t the first strange event happen in her office.
She would often hear an eerie dragging noise coming from the empty loft above her room.
And also a strange knocking noise inside her office!
Another member of staff was spooked one day when she went to the filing cabinets which are kept in the basement of the house.
She swore blind that she heard footsteps follow her down the steps and saw a person walk pass her…
But upon further investigation she found the basement room was totally empty!
In 2012, a woman who lived opposite the Wallace House was awake in the early hours of the morning.
She decided to have a cup of tea and was drinking it whilst looking out of her window onto the empty St Andrew Street.
She suddenly noticed a man looking out of the window above the archway at the Wallace House.
The next day curiosity got the better of her and she asked the surgery’s receptionist who the man was…
The receptionist replied that no doctor or members of staff were working in the building at that time in the early hours of the morning!
The Hertford Club, Hertford
The Hertford Club is situated in Lombard House which you’ll find next to the River Lee on Bull Plain.
The Grade II listed Lombard House is an impressive building which dates back to the 15th century.
It was originally a hall which provided lodgings for the Assize judges.
The house is said to be haunted…
Creaking floorboards and phantom footsteps are often reported by spooked witnesses.
One day, the barman arrived at the house to open up for the evening but was surprised to hear men laughing and talking in the snooker room.
Thinking that he may have locked someone in the house from earlier in the day he went to investigate only to find the snooker room totally empty!
The strange thing was…
The snookers balls were scattered on the table as though a game was in progress.
And the snooker cues were rattling in their rack as though someone had just replaced them there.
Lombard House was once the home to the 18th century historian Sir Henry Chauncy.
Many of the members of staff at the house refer to the resident ghost as Old Henry in reference to Sir Henry.
Thing is… there’s no real evidence whether it’s his ghost or not!
The Corn Exchange, Hertford
You’ll find the 19th century Corn Exchange on the corner of Fore Street and Market Street in Hertford.
The building is located on the spot where the county gaol once stood in the 18th century.
The gaol was an overcrowded and filthy place where public hangings were an everyday occurrence.
The squalled conditions of the gaol led to several outbreaks of cholera and smallpox.
During the 19th century the Corn Exchange was used for musicals and shows.
In recent years the building has got a reputation for being haunted…
A caretaker who looked after the building when it was empty reported hearing the phantom sounds of scenery being shifted around and musicians clearing their throats and tuning their instruments.
This paranormal activity actually happened in the day time!
One day in 2007 the Corn Exchange manager took some photos of the bar area.
He was totally shocked to discover ghostly shapes in his photographs as he was totally alone at the time he took the snaps!
On another occasion when the building was empty the manager heard people talking in the men’s toilets.
He went to investigate but found them to be totally empty.
Sensitive women have also reported that the ladies toilets have a negative atmosphere to them.
Other eerie sounds which have been reported by terrified witnesses when the building has been empty include the jangle of keys and the sound of the pulley mechanism which operates the curtain being moved!
Ruth Stratton (2012) Haunted Hertford. The History Press