Haunted: Willington Manor, Willington, Bedfordshire
Stewart | On 17, Jul 2017
The Haunting of Willington Manor
The 16th century Willington Manor is now a private home.
It’s located to the west of the Willington Dovecote and Stables.
The manor has a reputation for being haunted even though the ghost has never been seen.
Heavy phantom footsteps have been heard walking around the building together with the eerie sound of a bell ringing.
Pet dogs are said to get upset whilst in the building!
In the early part of the 20th century the manor was undergoing some rebuilding work when the builders uncovered the skeleton of a man inside one of its walls.
So, is the spirit of this man responsible for the heavy phantom footsteps which are heard walking around the building?
Well, I’ll let you make up your own mind about that!
Sir John Gostwick was the Master of the Horse to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York and chief minister to King Henry VIII.
He had the Willington Dovecote and Stables built with the stone from the dissolved Warden Abbey around the 1540s.
The ancient dovecote contains nesting boxes for over 1500 pigeons!
The ghost of Sir John Gostwick has been witnessed wandering around the manor, the stables, the dovecote as well as the nearby St Lawrence’s Church!
Damien O’Dell (2013) Paranormal Bedfordshire. Amberley
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She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!