Ghosts from Berkshire Places
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was a particular room at Erleigh Court, long since pulled down, which was
said to have been haunted. There are certainly tragic associations
connected with the old house which would warrant ghostly visitations.
mill-pond between Wildridings and the Southern Industrial Estate is a
well-known recreation place in Bracknell. An old story is told of the
miserly miller who lived there in the 17th century. During a year a
famine, the man refused to share his flour with the locals. One night, an
starving man knocked on his door and asked for help. The miller quickly
sent him away, but was shocked, next morning, to find him dead on his
doorstep. After that, nothing went right for the miller and his family and
they were eventually driven from the mill by the dead man’s ghost. Soon
afterward, the mill burnt down and the hauntings ceased.
sisters, living in a house near Caesar’s Camp, once heard the sound of
voices and marching steps outside at night. Looking out of the window,
there was nothing to be seen, but the noises continued. Was this
Caesar’s army marching on the native inhabitants of the camp? One of the
ladies was also awoken one night by the apparition of a red-haired man
with a very striking face; while her nephew saw a phantom with a much
deformed face on the road outside.
Park is haunted by the ghost of Lady Downshire who lived there in the 19th
century. She walks along the landing and down the main staircase and has
been seen by many past pupils at the school to which the building is
Old Mrs. Chatterton, who died in
1946, saw in her house, ‘Barn End,’ a number of Roundheads without
feet. Some of Cromwell’s men slept there after the battle of Newbury.
She later found out that the floor had since been raised.
The ghost of a man who was murdered
by his servants haunts a field near Ludbridge.
The ghost of a grey lady haunts ‘Snells’.
The, now demolished, Cope Hall was
well known as a haunted house where a clergyman had murdered his wife. The
place had a spooky atmosphere and the site still does. Passers-by may
suddenly feel very cold for no apparent reason. Not surprisingly,
considering the lane outside is said to have been piled high with bodies
during the First Battle of Newbury.
Enborne House is haunted by an often
unseen ghost who clanks around and rattles chains. The spirit is that of
an old man, bent almost double by age and with his hands and feet
shackled. He was seen walking slowly down the dark corridors in eth 1930s.
Another spirit, in a wide skirt, observed in the garden is thought to be a
beautiful Newbury girl of the 18th century who was murdered in the house,
by her lover, in a fit of jealousy.
A very deaf old lady who lived
‘near Newbury,’ presumably in the Enborne area (though possibly at
Speen), once came running downstairs to exclaim her shock at the loud
noises outside. Yet the rest of her family could hear nothing. There were
apparently people shouting, horses neighing and even the sound of cannon
fire. It was only afterward that they discovered that it was the
anniversary of the Battle of Newbury
The ghost of one of the past owners of Englefield House, Powlett Wright Esq., is reputed to haunt the building and the now blocked tunnel under the back region of the house, as well as walking from the house to his wife’s grave at the church. Horses will not enter the port cochère. Powlett had gone to sea, while his brother remained at home, trying to convince the locals that the Lord of the Manor was dead. Eventually, the lies became the truth though, and Powlett’s apparition was seen at the window of the house. Since then, many bygone villagers have reputedly given evidence to this effect and with a house so steeped in history, it is small wonder, perhaps, that it should still be visited in spiritual form by one or other of its colourful owners.
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