Who was the mystery man at Samlesbury Hall?
Ian emailed in to tell us another spooky story about Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire.
"I thought I would tell you this story about my father, Arthur, who used to be the M.D. at Samlesbury Hall several years ago. He told the story many times at dinners held at the Hall...
One night in the mid 19th Century a dinner was being held in the great hall at Samlesbury. During the evening one of the guests had to return to his bedroom to get some more cigars. As he walked through the parlour room he looked out of the window to see a six horse funeral carriage on the drive out side. The gentleman driving the horses looked up and straight into the eyes of the dinner guest. The driver had many missing teeth and a patch over one eye.
A little startled by this, the dinner guest ran back to the Great Hall and asked if any one else had seen or heard the horse drawn hearse - no one had seen or heard anything and laughed at our bemused and a little scared friend, accusing him of partaking in a little too much wine. The guest regained his composure and enjoyed the rest of the evening.
A week later and our dinner guest is in London for a business meeting. Staying at the recently refurbished Hilton Hotel. The hotel had just installed the latest elevators to assist some of the more infirm and aged guests staying there. Being allocated a room on the top floor of the hotel our intrepid friend decided to try the new-fangled elevator and pressed the call button to summon the elevator. Imagine his horror when the lift doors opened to reveal the driver of the hearse seen at Samlesbury the week before, dressed in the uniform of a lift attendant!
He panicked and started to run down the stairs to the lobby. After only a few seconds a terrible crashing noise was heard through out the entire building. On his arrival in the lobby our friend was greeted with a terrible sight. The lift cables had snapped and sent the car crashing to the ground floor. The lift doors had burst open with the impact and shattered several chairs and tables placed in front of them.
Picking his way through the debris to see if the lift attendant had been killed or injured he came across the hotel manager surveying the damage. There was no body or sign of blood inside the smashed lift car. "Where is your lift attendant?" asked our now very scared friend. "Lift attendant?" replied the hotel manager - "We dont have a lift attendant - why do you ask?"
last updated: 25/04/2008 at 11:35
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