Graded locations

Listed buildings are graded in each location in this blog. Eg. Grade I, II* II of grade I is of most importance. Grade A relates to Scotland. See BLB

Monday, 30 January 2017

Woodchester Mansion

Illustration by Jules
If you can only imagine that romantic Gothic horror film you see on the big screen or TV, where folks stumble upon a haunted house in the forest with bats flying around with a full moon. Well this is the place!!

Photo by Jules
Name: The mansion
Locality: Woodchester, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS
Built: 1854
Owner: Conservation charities, Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales.
Grade I

The Mansions website : here

History: The mansion was built in the French Gothic revival style. It was designed by the famous architect Benjamin Bucknall, for William Leigh, using local Cotswold limestone. The work on the house took many years and in 1870, after 16 years work, the workers downed tools many of the 79 rooms unfinished.

Photo - Paranormal Places UK
The mansion then fell into a state of disrepair and dereliction, with Victorian tools scattered across the site. Visitors can still see the Victorian tools in addition to half-carved gargoyles, doors leading nowhere and abruptly ending corridors.

Photo and illustration by Jules - Paranormal Places UK

Ghostly manifestations: Headless horse, floating coffin, hooded figure, spirit of a french man, tall man has been seen outside, invisible children have been heard playing.

Ghostly anomalies: Strange banging, voices, poltergeist activity, visitors have been prodded and pushed, blue lights, someone crying.

Photo - Paranormal Places UK
After a long day searching for allegedly haunted places in the area, we came across a sign for Woodchester. I persuaded my better half to drive down the muck drive to the house. It was a long walk down and it was very hot. We spent about 20 minutes walking and ended up in some woodland, I thought to myself, the mansion must be around here somewhere, we had taken a wrong turning and got slightly lost. Then I noticed this Cotswold stone looming through the thick bushes, we had found Woodchester Mansion.  We walked back on ourselves, it was worth the walk, the mansion is your typical haunted house straight out of a Gothic horror novel.

Featured on TV Programmes

Most Haunted Live
Ghost Hunters International
The Scariest Places On Earth
Great British Ghosts

Bats in the belfry

 Greater Horseshoe bats and lesser horseshoes.

Video cover of TV series Great British Ghosts
featuring Woodchester Mansion 

Illustrations by Jules