3 Haunted Places in Winchester
Stewart | On 22, 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!
The Buttercross, Winchester
Some witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition approach the monument at speed when the old Guildhall bell toils at 8.00pm.
Witnesses have described the ghostly figure as being either a man wearing a long dark cloak, a large dog or a child!
According to local legend, the Buttercross is also said to have been cursed during the middle ages by a witch who was burnt at the stake.
Apparently, anybody who sits on the Buttercross will be cursed to return to the city time and time again.
God Begot House, Winchester
During the time the God Begot House was being used as a hotel it gained a reputation for being haunted.
The hotel’s dining room was said to be haunted as pet dogs couldn’t be persuaded to enter the room.
And visitors reported hearing an eerie rapping noise coming from somewhere within the room.
Since the days of the hotel the building has been changed and the haunted room no longer exists.
But it seems the ghost of the old dining room may’ve just moved downstairs to the building’s cellar.
Recently, mysteriously crashing noises have been heard coming from the cellar!
The Theatre Royal, Winchester
The ghost of John Simpkins has been seen walking from his old office, along the circle and stops at one of the theatre boxes and inspects a sign above the stage which reads “JS”.
It’s said that James Simpkins added the sign above the stage and John wasn’t happy with it as he wanted it to read “J&JS”.
James promised to change the sign but never did.
It looks like his brother’s disgruntle ghost is still checking whether he has changed the sign!
After checking the sign John’s ghost then walks towards the stage and disappears through a wall where his old office was once located.
During the First World War one of the male members of staff went off to fight in the war.
During a show, one of the actresses witnessed a young man in uniform who suddenly disappeared into thin air.
She fainted but later identified that the ghostly soldier was the lighting operator who went off to fight in the war.
The next day the mother of the soldier received a telegram stating that her son had been killed in action!
Matthew Feldwick (2006) Haunted Winchester. Tempus