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Aston Hall

The ghost of a cook who was murdered by owner Sir Thomas Holte is said to have seen here, but historical records dispute this. Another alleged ghost is that of Holte's daughter or grand daughter; he forbade a relationship she had with a boy who wasn't ingratiated with the gentry. Her sad ghost is said to be seen in the area of the nursery on the top floor either as a greyish mist or a solid, young apparition. A version of this story is that, when she tried to elope, she was captured and locked up in the house for 16 years where she went insane. Another ghost in the upper area is said to be a servant who hanged himself. A "Green Lady" is also to be seen, said to Holte's housekeeper, Mistress Walker. She is said to be most often seen in a chair in the Great Hall. More recently, a glowing ball of light bounced around a room before exploding loudly.

Update 2/3/22: The hall responded to my Facebook request for recent happenings: "We do have a few people send through emails with reports of odd sightings. Off the top of my head, we had one a few months ago saying they could see Thomas Holte's face in a window of one of their photos and somebody saying she saw a woman in period dress in the long gallery. We recently also had a member of staff smell flowers, this is a popularly believed precursor to seeing the lady in green, the original housekeeper of the hall, that is said to haunt the long gallery. As far as we're concerned, the popular stories of the serving boy who hung himself in the attic and the daughter of Thomas Holte being locked in a room off the attic are not backed up by what we have of the historical record, but come in later with the Victorians. That being said, these locations are where the vast majority of sightings are and we do often have visitors who believe they see paranormal occurrences. I've never seen anything myself, it is a spooky house and that is doubly true at night, but I have heard many different stories while I've been here, particularly when speaking with people who have lived in the area for much of their lives."


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