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Our haunted county: Woodchester Mansion
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Woodchester Mansion has a weird history
Last updated: 05 December 2006 1752 GMT
line This Victorian Gothic mansion, which lies hidden in a wooded valley near Stroud, has a strange history and a truly creepy appearance.
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+ Woodchester Mansion lies hidden in a secluded wooded valley at Nympsfield, near Stroud.

+ The man who had the house built was William Leigh, a wealthy merchant who come from the north of England to settle in the Cotswolds.

+ One day in 1868, after 16 years of building, the workers at Woodchester walked out, leaving many of the 27 rooms unfinished.

+ Among their scattered Victorian tools, ladders remain propped against exposed wals with sections of the hosue open to the roof.

+ Doors lead nowhere and upper corridors end suddenly at ledges with views to the ground far below, and fireplaces remain at great heights waiting for floors to meet them.


Woodchester Mansion
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Tel: 01453 861541
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Woodchester is open to the public every Sunday between April and September, on Saturdays in July and August, and on Bank Holidays. First tours are at 11am and last admission is at 4pm

Adults - 5
Concessions - 4 Children and Friends of the Mansion - Free

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Grotesque gargoyles leer from on high, sinister owls guard the courtyard and the house is even home to one of the UK's largest colonies of rare bats!

It was mysteriously abandoned during construction in 1868 and, after years untouched, a trust was founded in 1989 to save the unique listed building.

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Woodchester Mansion
Woodchester Mansion: spooky to look at and home to ghosts and bats

The mansion, is said to be home to a headless horse and a floating coffin.

Staff working for the charitable trust that now owns the mansion have reported strange noises, banging, and voices - one has even had her hair pulled and her camera switched off.

Gargoyle at Woodchester Mansion
Woodchester has gruesome gargoyles galore

A live satellite TV broadcast from the mansion during the night of the summer solstice in 2003 saw mediums contacting two spirits.

The TV team found several murders had been committed at Woodchester including a servant girl who was strangled and a builder around 1840.

Visitor information: Tel 01453 861541 or email Intrepid ghost-hunters are occasionally allowed to stay overnight - email for details.

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