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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The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!