It’s Friday 13th so we thought it was a great excuse to take a look at some of the most haunted places in the region.
Built sometime between 1618 and 1635 by local lad Thomas Holte, Aston Hall has the reputation of being the most haunted place in Birmingham .
The most seen ghost is Lady Grey, who is thought to be the daughter of Holte. It’s reported that she chose to elope to marry the man she loved, rather than the man her father wanted her to marry. When her father found out, he locked her up for sixteen years in a secret room on the upper floor. Loneliness took its toll and Lady Grey went insane before she passed away. It’s said her ghost is seen at least twice a year and visitors often mistake her for a member of staff dressed up in period costume!
The other reported ghost is Mrs Walker, a housekeeper of Sir Thomas. She is often seen wearing a long green dress sitting in a chair in the housekeepers room.
Rupert Hotel, Shrewsbury
It's known as the most haunted hotel in Shrewsbury, home to a number of ghostly guests who have no intention of going home. Guests have claimed to have spotted a maid, known as Martha, wandering around the staircase and walking through walls. It's said pillows have also been taken from rooms before being found again over the other side of the building.
This building dates back to 1619 and is said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. The most haunted room is said to be room 211. This is apparently home to a jealous ghost who doesn't like the company of ladies, as many claim to have been woken by someone pulling their hair! A Victorian man has also been seen walking through room 232 and 233 with his dog before vanishing into thin air!
Ludlow Castle is home to the infamous ghost Marion La Bruyere, a love sick woman who fell for an enemy of the castle’s Lord. Marion met her lover, a Knight, in secret by lowering a rope from her tower to enable him to climb up and meet her. On one of these secret meetings, he intentionally left the rope dangling allowing a small army to climb the rope and invade the castle! Marion was said to be devastated when she realised she had been used and in her rage she slit the throat of her lover using his own sword before throwing herself out of the tower. It's said when the castle is quiet you can see her ghostly figure.
High House, Stafford
The house in Greengate Street was originally built in 1595 and in its long history, has been a residential home, a civil war prison, a school and home to an antique shop. Visitors have claimed to have seen an old lady sitting in a rocking chair and a young Victorian girl standing in the middle of the room. The house is said to always have a chilling temperature, even when the heating is on full blast.