The following article by Mike Ollier entitled ‘Haunted pub’s ‘resident ghosts’ appeared on the BBC Wear website on 26 October 2009. ‘Walk into the Jolly Sailor in Whitburn and you’ll receive a warm welcome from mine host, the ever-smiling Vic Hanson.
Category: Green Ladies
I’m always enthusiastic about new books that take a tour of this country highlighting great places to visit and sites to see, it’s even better when the book concentrates on Haunted locations, and in this case focussing on castles across England, Scotland and Wales.
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The Grade II listed Woodrow High House generally dates to the 18th century though incorporates the fabric of an earlier 17th century house linked to Oliver Cromwell. No longer a family home, Woodrow High House is now a residential training centre run by London Youth (Federation of London Youth Clubs), or should I say a reputed haunted training centre.
Historically, Thorpe Hall was owned by the Bolle family, one of the most colourful of whom was Sir John Bolle (born 1560 – died 3 November 1606). A swashbuckling Elizabethan adventurer, gentleman and patriot, Bolle took part in Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1596 attack and capture of Cadiz.
The apparition of a Green Lady was said to traditionally haunt the village of Swanbourne. The woman reputedly walked soundlessly up the main street toward the Grade II listed, 13th Century, Church of St Swithin, head bowed, hands clasped and wearing a green dress. This was said to be the ghost Elizabeth Adams who lived in Swanbourne during the 17th century.
Caroline Park House dates from 1685. It was commissioned for Sir George Mackenzie, 1st Lord Tarbat (1630 – 1714) and has a reputation for being haunted. In 1683, George Mackenzie had bought the Royston Barony and had originally named this building Royston House.
The castle is said to be the haunt of a Green Lady, a common legend in castles throughout Scotland.
This 12th century castle hotel is said to be haunted by an aparition of a Green Lady. Tulloch Castle also has an actual tunnel that runs from it’s basement to Dingwall Castle on the other side of town. Parts of the tunnel have collapsed and it is no longer in use.