This Tudor Manor House near Dorchester is included as one of the top 10 most haunted houses in England. The hooded priest has been ‘seen’ by some walking through the Great Hall. Others have said the Martyn ape stared at them in the Great Chamber. The ape was the pet of Sir William Martyn and it got trapped in a secret room and starved to death. A ghostly ‘grey lady’ has often been ‘seen’ in the Great Chamber.
Clouds Hill and Lawrence of Arabia
Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence died in a fatal motorcycle accident in 1935 when driving to his home at Clouds Hill, Wareham. A few days before his death he declared in a letter that Clouds Hill “is an earthly paradise and I am staying here.” Could this be the reason that a number of visitors to Clouds Hill have reported to have seen him?
This old ruin that dominates the Purbeck landscape could really scare you – a headless woman in white is said to haunt the castle remains. She’s thought to be the woman who betrayed Lady Bankes during the English Civil War resulting in the ruination of the castle.
The atmospheric hollow shell of the 15th century Knowlton Church appears to be a heck of a spooky destination. Be prepared to get caught up in swirling white mists filled with the sound of voices, or you could bump into a weeping nun kneeling outside the church, or see a ghostly face appearing through a window of the tower and if that’s not enough to frighten you off, watch out for a phantom horse and rider.
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