TREE OF DEATH
Woburn Abbey is a historic house near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire that has been home to the Dukes and Earls of Bedford since the 1620s. Boasting spectacular grounds and a safari park, it’s the perfect place to take the kids for weekend fun. In 1534, when King Henry VIII renounced the Pope, established the Church of England, and
set about dissolving all the monasteries and taking their wealth, the Abbey’s then-abbot, a man named Robert Hobbes, was sentenced to death for treason for calling the king a heretic. He was hanged from an oak tree in the Abbey grounds - and visitors to the Abbey have since been horrified to see the spectre of his corpse dangling from that same tree. Other ghostly apparitions include the 6th Duchess of Bedford, Georgiana, who haunts the reception room, and an unknown spirit who drifts through the private lounge.
Naval Wrens staying at the Abbey while they served at Bletchley Park code breaking centre in the 1940s were afraid of the ghosts. Apparently, weird knockings and other unexplained sounds made them frightened to go to the loo! Even today, doors sometimes open by themselves, accompanied by the eerie sound of unexplained footsteps. A ghostly apparition has also been spotted in the Butler’s Pantry - thought to be a monk, or possibly a servant.