The old and ominously-named Black House, used by the monks when they were building nearby St Mary's Church, has long had the reputation of being haunted and for years local residents were reluctant to pass it at night.
Not long ago there were stories of various unexplained noises, a mysterious lighting-up of an upper room (once noticed by a police constable) and the apparition of a man, possibly a monk, that used to be seen at one of the upstairs windows of the forty-two roomed house.
The owner, Miss Evelyn Joyce, will tell you that she thinks the ghost, if there is one, must be bored with being earth-bound and plays practical tricks on her ~ for she has been locked out of the house on more than one occasion. Once the bathroom door was found to have locked itself from the inside and a carpenter had to saw through locks and bolts to break in and release her. Unexplained noises and particularly footsteps have been reported both inside the fine house with its wonderful carved staircase and also in the garden where, nine feet under the present lawn, traces have been found of the cobbled stable yard of a much earlier building. There is a tradition that the clatter of a horse's hooves used to be heard here, sounding as though they were on cobble-stones. Durham | Loch Ness | Abbotsford | Berkshire | Bruntsfield House | Canterbury | Devon | Edinburgh | Ely | Flat Rock | Ghost lady | Haunted | Haunted Flat in Manchester | Ireland | Lady in Black | London | 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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