Osterley Park House, set in 357 acres of garden, park- land and farmland just off the A4 in Hounslow, west London, was originally built by Sir Thomas Gresham, Queen Elizabeth l’s financial adviser, in 1562. In 1683 it was bought by Nicholas Barbon,whO used it as security to raise a large sum of money, but the house fell into disrepair and Barbon himself died in debt. In 1713 the house was acquired by Sir Francis Child, the founder of Child and Co. bank, in payment of the loan, and it became the Child family’s country house. In 1761 Sir Francis’s grandson, also called Francis, commissioned leading architect Robert Adam to transform it into the elegant neo-classical villa that can be seen today.
The ghost at Osterley is known as ‘the lady in white’. She is a beautiful lady in a white flowing dress who
Osterley Park House appears near the left-hand arch under the main stair way leading to the entrance of the house. She then
moves towards the doorway and disappears. She usu ally makes her appearance at 4.30 in the afternoon and
has been seen by both estate workers and visitors to
The lady identity is not known for certain, but it is possible that she is the ghost of Sarah Anne Child, the family’s sole heir, who eloped to Gretna Green in 1782, when she was 18, with John Fane, son of the ninth Earl of Westmorland. Her father was so angry at the marriage that he changed his will so that the estate did not pass to the Westmorland family Eventually it was inherited by Sarah’s daughter Sarah Sophia Fane and passed down her family until it was given to the National Trust in 1949.
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