Along for the ride?
Chavenage manor, around eight miles south of Stroud, is a favourite venue for film crews and has featured in Dracula, Cider with Rosie and Tess of the Dõurbervilles. But it has a sinister side; people have seen a ghostly coach with a headless driver. During the Civil War, Chavenage was owned by MP Nathaniel Stephens, who was reluctant to agree to the beheading of Charles I, but Cromwell’s crony, General Henry Ireton managed to persuade him. When his daughter Abigail heard, she cursed him. He was taken ill and never rose again… At his funeral, a spectral hearse drew up, driven by a headless man. The ghost of Stephens got into the coach. His guilty soul still haunts his former home.
Edward II: Killed with a red-hot poker!
Dark horse: Headless driver
Haunted home: Dare you visit?