This week me and my daughter hit the road to see a beautiful haunted ruin located in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom.
We both love a good thunder storm and heading out in the rain we decided to stop off to see Throwley Old Hall as its rumoured that ghostly apparitions are seen here during storms.
It is widely thought that spirit activity increases during a thunder storm as it throws energy in the atmosphere for spirits to use.
From experience, when we have investigated in a thunderstorm, admittly it has been a active night.
What’s been sighted
The local stories state that many years ago, a coach returning guests to the hall crashed along the road, killing all on board. The horses (and sometimes the wheels of the coach) can still be heard on occasion. The full scene as been sighted heading towards the halls driveway on nights when a storm is present.
A farmer reported seeing a headless female standing amongst the ruins of the hall, a large bloody stain running down her front. The hall once belonged to the Cromwell’s, and it is thought the ghostly figure was beheaded after upsetting the family.
A young child. One report states a blonde boy is sighted but I personally feel this could be a little girl.
History of the Hall
Throwley Old Hall is a large, ruined Medieval Manor House and is one of the most imposing and architecturally important ruins in the Peak District National Park. It is Staffordshire’s only surviving example of a large medieval manor house. The building stands on what was once an extensive Medieval landscape and site of a deserted medieval village. This once majestic Hall stands over looking the magnificent Manifold valley.
Throwley was first recorded as a residence in 1203, the 4th year of King John’s reign, when Oliver de Meverell settled here. In 1344, the 17th year of Edward III, deeds given at Tideswell name Thomas de Meverell ‘Lord of Throwley’.
In 1503 Sir Samson Meverell, Lord Mayor of Tideswell, and Constable of England (having served in 11 battles over 2 years in the French wars) built the Hall, now standing as ruins, from local limestone and non-local sandstone, amid a deer park bounded by a 10-foot high drystone wall. The lowered walls remain to this day as field boundaries.
Mentioned in ‘Baronial Halls of England’, by Samuel Carter Hall, as ‘Home of the Meverells, a very ancient house of decent gentlemen of goodly living, equalling the best sort of gentlemen in the Shire’.
Samson’s son, Robert, married Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Thomas Fleming, who was at the time Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, and the couple lived at Throwley. The elaborate tomb in their memory is the one in Ilam Church.
Their daughter Elizabeth, the last of the Meverells, married 1st Earl of Ardglass, whose great-great grandfather was Thomas Cromwell responsible for the dissolution of the monasteries during King Henry VIII’s reign. Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector was also a descendant of this family.
Sadly we did not see any apparitions but I did do a spirit box session where on review it sounds as if a man could have been coming through and when I asked the name of the hall..Throwley was said.
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