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Haunted: Willington Manor, Willington, Bedfordshire

| 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!

 
Bibliography
Damien O’Dell (2013) Paranormal Bedfordshire. Amberley

 


THE RED LION HOTEL: One of the Most Haunted Places in Essex!

The Red Lion Hotel is said to be haunted by three ghosts.

The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar.

Alice was believed to have been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion who was brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.

Her ghostly apparition has been seen in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.

Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk

He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors

The final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy

He's seen by children in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.

Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion