TREE OF DEATH

Chat It's Fate - - Seasonal Haunts -

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.

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