3 Haunted Places in Pirton
Stewart | On 09, 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!
Toot Hill, Pirton
Next to the 11th century Grade I parish church of St Mary the Virgin you’ll find Toot Hill.
Toot means ‘look out’ and the hill was once the site of a Norman Motte and Bailey castle.
Back in the days when the castle was still in use a woman tried to enter it one night.
She started to cross the drawbridge when it was suddenly raised and she fell into the moat where she tragically drowned.
Now some accounts of this tale say that the woman was the Baron’s wife whilst other accounts say that it was a parlour maid.
Whoever it was, it’s now believed that her ghostly apparition haunts the site!
The Fox Inn, Pirton
Along Pirton’s High Street you’ll find the Fox Inn.
The pub has a reputation for being very haunted…
In the late 1970s, the little son of the landlord witnessed an 18th century soldier manifest at the end of his bed.
The poor little boy was scared witless by the apparition!
Apparently, the soldier was dressed in a red coat with a mitre cap.
He was armed with a musket which was slung over his shoulder and held a pistol in his hand.
The funnily thing is…
In 2011, a medium who was working for a pilot TV programme called Britain’s Greatest Haunts picked up on another young soldier in the High Street who was killed at Ypres during First World War.
He told her that he visited all the houses along the High Street as he was looking for his mum!
She also picked up on the spirits of an 18th century mother with two sick children who died at the pub.
Eerie bangs and knocking noises have been heard in the pub by the punters.
And strange EVPs have also been recorded.
One poor barmaid reported being slapped in the face by something unseen.
The same barmaid also witnessed the ghostly figure of a woman by the pub’s door.
The doors in both the men’s and ladies toilets have been heard to slam shut on their own accord even when the restrooms were supposed to have been empty.
The Knocking Knoll, Pirton
To the south-west of Pirton there’s a long ancient barrow called the Knocking Knoll.
The barrow is said to get its strange name from the occurrence of three distinct loud knocking noises which can sometimes be heard coming from deep within it.
Local legend says that an armoured clad warrior was buried in the barrow with his treasure chest.
The barrow was partially excavated by William Ransom in 1856.
And ancient pottery which was found at the site can be seen today at the Hitchin Museum.
Damien O’Dell (2009) Paranormal Hertfordshire. Amberley