While staying at the Lion Hotel in the 1800s a gentleman was found to have died
in his room.
was taken to the church where there was held a short service before he was buried.
were heard by the grave digger late that night but ignored.
was only when the screams became unbearable that the grave and coffin were opened
- to reveal that the man had been buried alive, dying within his coffin.
marks were found on the coffin lid and his fingers were worn to the bone.
Puritan of Moreton Corbet Castle
The house, built on the site of an earlier castle, was begun in the late
15th Century by Sir Robert Corbet who brought the plans back from Italy but died
before its completion.
spooky remains of Moreton Corbet Castle
was succeeded by Sir Vincent Corbet who continued the work during the reign of
King James I - when persecuting Puritans was considered the thing to do.
Although Sir Vincent was not a puritan he did not like to see them treated
harshly and so he took in a puritan called Paul Holmyard who was his neighbour.
But as the puritan's ideals became more fanatical he told Holmyard to
go from his property as he felt he could no longer protect him.
survived for some time in the local woods by eating whatever he could.
he risked coming into the open and made his way to Morton Corbet where, upon his
meeting Sir Vincent, he cursed the family.
"Woe unto thee, hard hearted
man, the lord has hardened thy heart as he hardened the heart of the Pharaoh,
to thine own destruction.
not in thy riches, not in monuments of thy pride, for neither thou, nor thy children,
nor thy children's children shall inhabit these halls.
shall be given up to desolation; snakes, vipers and unclean beasts shall make
it their refuge, and thy home shall be full of doleful creatures.."
The curse was fulfilled - at least insofar as Vincent and his son, Andrew, never
lived at the house because they were so afraid of the curse. Eventually .
a moonlit night the bedraggled figure of Paul Holmyard stalks the empty walls
making sure no building goes on.
haunted hotel in Market Drayton
During the nineteenth century a young chambermaid fell in love with a handsome
traveller who often stayed at the hotel.
succumbed to his charm and, in her innocence, believed his promises of marriage.
When she awoke the next day he had left the hotel, never to be seen
or heard of again.
broke the girl's heart. The situation for the young chambermaid took a turn for
the worse, when a few weeks later she found she was expecting his child.
Taking herself up to room seven (the room of her lover) she committed suicide
by hanging herself by the neck from a beam.
hook remains in the beam to this day. Since that day room seven has been visited
by the chambermaid at night whenever bachelors sleep there.
the quilt from the bed or standing over them, she smiles before vanishing.
this her spirited way of taking revenge on men?
On a brighter note it
would seem that should you take her fancy your bottom is pinched and a light kiss
is felt on the lips.
of her poverty in her short life she now collects various items of jewellery including
rings which disappeared for months before reappearing in the most obvious place.
have often been heard in the ballroom and on the back stairs.