Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hauntings: Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon (UK)

Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, but the town, which is over 800 years old, is also known for its ghosts.

The White Lion Inn.  The Inn is said to be haunted by the ghost of the Stratford Ripper, John Davies.  People swear they’ve been chased from rooms or even followed home by a ghostly man with a knife.  It’s said that a little girl named Alice (one of Davies's victims) haunts the area as a protective spirit.  Sightings of as many as forty other ghosts have been reported at the White Lion over the years.

The Dirty Duck Pub.  The ghost of a World War II pilot has been seen at the bar at the Dirty Duck pub, wearing old-style clothes and hoisting a pint.  Once, the landlady even spoke to the ghost before it excused itself and vanished.

Ettington Park Hotel.  The Ettington Park hotel is probably the area's most haunted site.  Built in the 1100s, it has served as a night club, prisoner-of-war camp, and nursing home.  After a fire, the location was renovated and became a hotel.  Haunting activities include:

~  Mysterious forms staring out the windows of empty rooms.
The ghost of an old woman wearing a Victorian dress has been seen in the conservatory.
Women's voices are heard coming from the empty drawing room.
The sounds of heavy footsteps are heard, stomping around the premises when there’s no one there.
The sound of billiard balls clacking and colliding comes from the deserted library, and books have been known to fly off the shelves.
A candlestick has been seen floating above a fireplace mantel.
It’s said the ghost of a servant named Mary, who died in a fall, has appeared on the main staircase.

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