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Britain’s most haunted B&B where terrified guests have jumped out of windows

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By  Nick Enoch

Welcome to Britain’s most haunted B&B – where terrified guests have been left so scared they have even jumped out of the windows.

The Ancient Ram Inn, in the village of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, is believed to be riddled with up to 20 spectres who torment the paying punters of the 12th century home.

Built on an ancient pagan burial ground – and also believed to be the scene of child sacrifices and devil worship – the Cotswolds cottage is haunted by the likes of a murdered young girl called Rosie, a high priestess, and even a male sex demon, known as an incubus.

The Ancient Ram Inn, in the village of Wotton-under-Edge

The Ancient Ram Inn, in the village of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, is believed to be riddled with up to 20 spectres who torment the paying punters of the 12th century home. Above, owner Caroline Humphries

Is that a ghost on the staircase? The Ram Inn has long been home to a variety of spooks

Is that a ghost on the staircase? The Ram Inn, built in 1145, has long been home to a variety of spooks

While renovating the property, Ms Humphries' father, John, discovered small bones and daggers under the earth

While renovating the property, Ms Humphries’ father, John, discovered small bones and daggers under the earth – and believes that children had been sacrificed there to pagan gods years ago

 

The strange goings on include a blood-curdling child’s scream, ‘electrified’ wooden beams, and even the touch of an invisible force.

Caroline Humphries, whose family has lived in the Ram Inn for nearly 50 years, said: ‘My father won’t go anywhere without his Bible.’

But despite its ghoulish reputation, Ms Humphries is inundated with visitors who are desperate to spend a night in Britain’s spookiest lodgings, which were built in 1145 and costs between £25 and £30 per night.

Past guests have fled from the house in the middle of the night after claiming to have seen furniture flying around the bedrooms, visions of a little girl wandering the hallways, and have even been pushed down onto a bed by a randy incubus.

Spooky: This unedited picture captures a ghostly figure moving in the Bishop's room in Britain's most haunted B&B

Spooky: This unedited picture captures a ghostly figure moving in the Bishop’s room in Britain’s most haunted B&B

Apparition: A mysterious haze appears in one of the rooms in the Ancient Ram Inn, in Gloucester, in this unedited photograph

Apparition: A mysterious haze appears in one of the rooms in the Ancient Ram Inn, in Gloucester, in this unedited photograph

Sleep tight... The Bishop's room is said to be the most haunted place in the inn

Sleep tight… The Bishop’s room is said to be the most haunted place at the inn

The Ancient Ram Inn is haunted by the likes of a murdered young girl called Rosie, a high priestess - and even a male sex demon, known as an incubus

The Ancient Ram Inn is haunted by the likes of a murdered young girl called Rosie, a high priestess – and even a male sex demon, known as an incubus

Despite its ghoulish reputation, Ms Humphries is inundated with visitors

Ms Humphries said she used to hear the ghosts of murdered children crying in one of the bedrooms. Since filling it with toys, they seem to have calmed down

SIGNS YOUR B&B MIGHT BE HAUNTED – AND ALL THE BELOW APPLY TO THE ANCIENT RAM INN…

  • It’s built on the site of an ancient burial ground. 
  • … which was also the scene of child sacrifice and devil worship.
  • Built on the intersection of two ley lines – known for their spiritual energy.
  • A woman lodged in the rooms in the 1500s before she was labelled a witch and burned at the stake.

Some have leapt from first-floor windows at the back of the property onto a grass slope from a height of a few  feet – but no one has been injured as a result.

Now, it is packed out with ghost hunters and horror writers – who are queueing up to spend a night with the demons.

One ghost investigator who visited the house was spooked when a presence pushed up against his back – and felt the wooden beams of the medieval house vibrate and tremble when he grabbed onto them in fear.

A mysterious child’s scream was even captured on video – seconds after a man’s voice is heard to shout: ‘Get out!’

Ms Humphries, 51, said: ‘When I was a child, I was so scared of the house I used to sleep in a caravan  outside.

‘It was normal for us to see people running out of the house,  screaming in terror.

‘Once, I woke up and found a chest of drawers hovering over my bed – before it crashed down the staircase.

Ms Humphries, 51, said: 'When I was a child, I was so scared of the house I used to sleep in a caravan outside'

Ms Humphries, 51, said: ‘When I was a child, I was so scared of the house I used to sleep in a caravan outside. It was normal for us to see people running out of the house, screaming in terror’

 

Past guests have fled from the house in the middle of the night after claiming to have seen furniture flying around the bedrooms

Past guests have fled from the house in the middle of the night after claiming to have seen furniture flying around the bedrooms, visions of a little girl wandering the hallways, and have even been pushed down onto a bed by the randy incubus

 

‘People have told us they’ve seen a high priestess sitting in one of the bedrooms, objects move and spin, and we used to hear the ghosts of murdered children screaming and crying in one of the bedrooms.

‘We put some children’s toys in the room for them to play with and they don’t cry as much any more.

‘The whole house is absolutely terrifying.’

Ms Humphries father, John, 85, was pulled from his bed by a spirit on the first night the family moved into the home – and after researching the history of the house, he was horrified to discover an ancient burial ground lay beneath.

John Humphries, 85, was pulled from his bed by a spirit on the first night the family moved into the home. Above the barn that used to be blocked off to keep the spirits in

John Humphries, 85, was pulled from his bed by a spirit on the first night the family moved into the home. Above the barn that used to be blocked off to keep the spirits in

Ms Humphries is seen conducting a seance. Her father never goes anywhere without a Bible

Ms Humphries is seen conducting a seance. Her father never goes anywhere without a Bible

And years later, while renovating the home, he discovered small bones and daggers under the earth – and believes that children had been sacrificed there to pagan gods years ago.

Ms Humphries added: ‘Once we had disturbed one grave, we didn’t want to go digging any further, and we’ve left the house exactly as it stands.

‘Paranormal experts love staying here, but we couldn’t carry on running the house as a normal bed and breakfast – it’s just too haunted.

‘I don’t think we’ll ever be able to sell the house – no one in their right mind would buy it.

‘But after nearly 50 years here, I’ve accepted that we have to live with some unwanted house guests.’

'After nearly 50 years here, I've accepted that we have to live with some unwanted house guests,' said Ms Humphries

‘After nearly 50 years here, I’ve accepted that we have to live with some unwanted house guests,’ said Ms HumphriesSource

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Reality show to be filmed in medieval “haunted castle” in Wales

Reality show to be filmed in medieval "haunted castle" in Wales 99

British celebrities will take part in a reality show at the medieval castle of Grich in the city-county of Conwy (Wales), which, according to legend, is full of ghosts. It is reported by The Sun.

According to data from open sources, the castle was built in 1283-1289 by order of Edward I of England. For four years one and a half thousand people erected the fortress and walls. The castle is surrounded by a stone wall with round towers and loopholes. 

According to local residents, the ghost of the previous owner, Countess Dandonald, who died in 1924, wanders around the castle. According to legend, the woman’s spirit is angry because her husband took the valuables out of here. 

About ten years ago, a mysterious silhouette appeared in the photo, which was noticed on the first floor of the castle in the former banquet hall. In addition, it is rumored that objects are moving mysteriously in the castle. Also, fans of everything mystical believe that there you can meet the ghosts of gamekeepers and a maid who died after falling from a horse.

The creators of the reality survival show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Became interested in the legends of the ancient castle, in which celebrities perform creepy tasks. 

The producers are delighted with Greich Castle. It is planned to spend almost 1 million pounds and six weeks to prepare the location for filming.

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Loftus Hall is the most famous haunted house

Loftus Hall is the most famous haunted house 100

Almost any house built 150 years ago is tempting to think of ghosts. Of course, if it was not restored beyond recognition. But a special pleasure is to visit, or at least look at photographs of a house in which ghosts are definitely found. Well, exactly: in the opinion of its owners and those who live nearby.

Loftus Hall is one of those. Even if, in the opinion of the locals, ghosts were not found in it, they would be worth inventing again – this is how the atmosphere of this gloomy house located on the windswept and washed by waves of the Hook Peninsula in the Irish County of Wexford has to do this.

But, before we tell you what is so paranormal in this Loftus Hall, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with real historical events related to the house. Moreover, they are worthy of attention without any devilry.

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We can say that the history of the house began in 1135, when the Norman knight, Raymond Le Gros, landed on the peninsula. To assimilate faster, the knight renamed himself the more familiar to the Irish ear by the name Redmond.

The castle, built by the knight, stood for two centuries, until in 1350 the descendants of Redmond built a new house in its place. It is interesting that they were building right during the Black Death – a plague pandemic that arrived in Ireland by ship from Bristol a year earlier. The new house, Redmond Hall, was named.

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Three centuries later, in 1650, the house became the site of one of the fiercest sieges of the Irish Uprising. The owner of the house, 68-year-old Alexander Redmond, with his two sons, a couple of local activists and a tailor who happened to be in the house at an unfortunate time, barricaded himself and bravely repulsed the attack of almost 90 British for several days. 

In all fairness, most of these Englishmen have crawled into neighboring villages, indulging in robbery and violence, instead of laying siege to an impregnable home.

The attack was repulsed with the help of the Irish forces arrived in time, which attacked the British under the cover of a thick fog, which in time fell on the Hoek Peninsula.

According to local chronicles, Alexander repelled several more attacks. When the British nevertheless conquered Ireland in general, and Redmond Hall in particular, Cromwell even let Alexander die in peace in his own house – for his courage.

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Well, after the death of Redmond, his relatives were evicted from the house and soon the house was sold to a family of Englishmen named Loftus, who live nearby. 

Subsequently, the Redmond repeatedly tried to sue Loftus Hall back, but to no avail. But as compensation, they were given land in the neighborhood.

The Loftuses moved rapidly up the court stairs. If in the 18th century the head of the family was called Baron Loftus of Loftus Hall, then already in 1800 the title of Marquis of Eli was created especially for the Loftus.

Actually, the 4th Marquess of Ely gave the modern look to Loftus Hall. A major renovation was undertaken by the Marquis in the second half of the 19th century: he very much hoped that Queen Victoria would come to visit. After all, the Marquis’s mother was her maid of honor!

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The Queen never came. But the 4th Marquis of Ely became the owner of a luxurious house with such unprecedented conveniences as flush toilets at that time. And, alas, the owner of huge debts. Soon the house had to be sold and its wanderings began among different owners.

In 1917, the house was sold to the monastery order of the Sisters of Providence. In 1983, the house was converted into a hotel. Well, in the early 2000s, it was acquired by the Quickly family. In 2020, it became known that the house was again put up for sale. Moreover, Quickly emphasize that they will not choose a new owner, but “the house will choose him.” And that’s why…

The story of how the devil sailed to Loftus Hall and what happened after his visit dates back to the 19th century. It sounds like this.

On a cold rainy night, a dark-robed rider rode up to Loftus Hall on a dark horse. He said that his ship was caught in a storm and had to dock in a nearby bay. The Loftuses were away, the family of their distant relatives, the Tottenham, lived in the house. They sheltered the rider and offered him shelter and bread.

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Tottenham’s daughter, young Anna, immediately fell in love with a mysterious stranger. A couple of days later, in the evening, everyone sat down to play cards. During the game, Anna dropped the map and, bending down to pick it up, saw that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of legs.

The stranger realized that he had been discovered. He immediately soared up, surrounded by devilish flames – and, as expected, made a huge hole in the roof.

It would seem that the devil is expelled, you can live on. But Anna, after the disappearance of the stranger, became not herself. She went crazy by leaps and bounds. The family, frightened by this development of affairs, locked the girl in her favorite sewing room.

There Anna sat, almost motionless, clasping her knees with her hands and soon died. 

According to another version of the legend, before her death, she managed to give birth to a child – that is, the devil did not lose time during two days in the house. 

Anna was not buried in an ordinary coffin: they could not straighten her and buried her in a sitting position, in which she spent the last months of her life.

Since then, according to numerous testimonies of guests and owners of the house, ghosts of a girl have been walking around the house. And the house itself has become a place of attraction for lovers of everything paranormal and creepy – excursions, especially popular on Halloween, are regularly conducted in Loftus Hall.

If you consider yourself a mystic, but do not have the opportunity to visit Loftus Hall yet, we recommend watching the gothic horror film The Lodgers 2017. It is filmed entirely in the luxe and eerie interiors of Loftus Hall, and has received excellent critical reviews. Here’s the trailer:

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The ghost of the Haycock Manor Hotel: a beautiful legend about a frequent visitor to an ancient building

The ghost of the Haycock Manor Hotel: a beautiful legend about a frequent visitor to an ancient building 101

For decades, the Haycock Manor Hotel, located in the small English village of Wansford, has attracted tourists by claiming to be the home of the ghost of Queen Mary Stuart.

Mary of Scotland, aka Mary Stuart, according to legend, visited the Haycock Hotel on the way to Fotheringay Castle, where she was executed. Why, in this case, she chose a hotel in a small village as her last refuge , and not a stone castle, is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, visitors to the hotel claimed to have seen the ghost of Queen Mary, the Mirror writes.

The last resting place of Mary Stuart

Because of her intrigues against Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart was put on trial and sentenced to death, which took place at Fotheringay Castle. On the way to the castle, Mary of Scotch stopped at the Haycock Hotel.

Mary Stuart

Despite the fact that the woman spent only one night in the hotel, this is the place she, for some reason, decided to choose as her last home. At least that’s what those who encountered her ghost say.

Manifestations of supernatural powers

Many of the hotel guests, who ventured to spend the night in the last refuge of Mary Stuart, complained about strange things that happened to them.

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Some guests claimed to have seen a ghost, which they identified as Mary of Scotland. Why they were so sure that the ghost was exactly Mary Stuart is not clear, because the history of England has a large number of women rulers, and it is simply impossible to remember them all.

Other hotel guests recall seeing an obscure ghostly cloud-like figure in the oldest part of the hotel. They also shared that they often encountered the feeling that there is someone else in the room – someone who cannot be seen, but can be felt.

Hotel Haycock

Guests also reported that they heard quiet voices and footsteps, although there was no one else in the rooms.

Despite the fact that such stories can scare ordinary people, they are not of interest to real seekers of the paranormal, since they can easily be explained by the dilapidated state of the building.

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Haycock Manor is currently closed for renovation, which means that if the phenomena of supernatural forces could be explained by the state of the hotel, then after the renovation they should disappear.

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