Top 10 most haunted places in Bath and Wiltshire
By nhavergal | Friday, October 26, 2012, 15:08
Bath and Wiltshire have always been in the centre of ghost investigations and spooky stories. We've rounded up a list of our favourite haunts.
The White Swan, Trowbridge is supposed to be haunted.
1. Westbury Swimming Pool- It has been told a ghost, named by staff as George has been seen several times. Some believe he was a man who jumped off the balcony into the pool and died although others believe he is an old boiler stoker.
2. Sally in the Woods- "Sally in the Woods is a great story and gives the place some character" said Paranormal Expert Hayley Stevens. Many stories and myths surround the woods as some believe a girl called 'Sally' died and can be seen in the back seat of cars. Although the area is known to be a 'black spot' for accidents, mystery still surrounds these woods.
3. The Cross Guns pub, Avoncliff- The only pub in Avoncliff looks over the canal between Bath and Bradford-on-Avon. It has been rumoured a 'Blue Lady' walks inside and around the pub in Victorian clothing.
4. Longleat House, Warminster- Lady Louisa Carteret who married 2nd Viscount Weymouth, has been known as the 'Grey Lady' who walks up and down the staircase at Longleat House. She supposedly became attached to the Footman who worked there and in a jealous rage Viscount Weymouth pushed him down the spiral staircase and murdered him, or so the story goes.
5. The White Swan pub, Trowbridge- The cellar of the pub has been known for ghostly activity and things moving. Former owner Peewee says in his upcoming book 'Thirty Years Behind Bars': "I went into the cellar to turn off the machine and to secure the change-float, bags of coins kept in a metal tin, after which we would be ready to leave. When I walked in I was brought-up-short by the shocking scene that lay before me. What had been a neat and orderly stack of shrink-wrapped cases of cider-jugs and bottles, on top of which sat the heavy-duty stainless steel tin containing the coins, was now in complete disarray. It was a scene of absolute shambles." His book will be out Christmas 2013.
6. Silbury Hill, Marlborough- The man made mound has many stories from the devil appearing to strange sounds coming from the hill. Although nothing has been proved that the hill is haunted, it's a great tale for the camp fire!
7. The Royal Theatre, Bath- A 'Grey Lady' dressed in 18th Century clothing is known to sit in the theatre in the top left box facing the stage. It is not clear why she haunts the theatre and those who have seen her are left feeling depressed and sad.
8. The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge- Hayley Stevens claims during an investigation of the centre heard a child singing: "The Shires in Trowbridge is probably the weirdest places I've been to. We were stood near Boswell's and we weren't investigating at that point when we became aware we could hear a child and no children were in there at the time. We stopped talking and the singing and humming stopped and then heard footsteps running away. We were completely shocked."
9. Avebury Manor- Sir John Stawell of Cothelstone supposedly haunts the manor which he owned and was very fond of it. His Cavalier Bedroom is where he has been spotted on many occasions.
10. Stonehenge, Salisbury- There are many myths and tales surrounding the mysterious stones on Salisbury Plain. Their presence is unknown however many people believe there is a curse and others believe it is a place of worship. Whatever the stories, the stones have become a worldwide attraction.