Charlton House is a beautiful Jacobean mansion in South East London. It was purchased by Greenwich Council in 1925, and plays host to wedding receptions and community groups. In the grounds is a mulberry tree, said to be the first in Britain. It was planted in 1608 on the order of King James I. A summer house also stands in the grounds, nowadays overlooking the road at the corner of the Charlton Village. It is said to have been designed by Inigo Jones, and was built 1630. It was converted to a public lavatory in 1938! Over the years sightings of ghosts have been reported at Charlton House. Staff have found their belongings mysteriously moved, porters have heard the lift going up and down on its own and a grey lady carrying a bundle which looks like a baby has been seen by visitors walking in the grounds towards the walled garden. Some of the paranormal activity is belived to be caused by Sir William Langhorne, who bought the house and it's grounds in 1680 and married a 17-year-old bride from Charlton Village. Sir William Langhorne and his brother (who also lived in the mansion) were well-known womanisers and despite Williamís old age (he was 80 when he married) he was desperate to have a child to inherit the wealth he had built up as an East Indian merchant. He died in 1715, two months after the wedding, but before his wife had conceived. It is believed he still haunts the grounds in the hope of finding a fertile bride. Durham | Loch Ness | Abbotsford | Berkshire | Bruntsfield House | Canterbury | Devon | Devonshire | Edinburgh | Ely | Flat Rock | Ghost lady | Haunted | Haunted Flat in Manchester | Ireland | Lady in Black | London | Northern England | Nottingham | Orkney | Perthshire | Pontefract | Rathfarnham | Redcar | Rotherham | Scotland | South Africa | Steeped in sorrow | Suffolk | Surrey | The Room of Terror | Torquay, Devon | Tyrone | West Germany |
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