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The Talbot Hotel, Oundle
The apparition of a lady in black is said to appear near a staircase in the 17th century Talbot Hotel. She is usually seen for a few seconds before vanishing.
It is suggested that the ghost is that of Mary Queen of Scots. The staircase by which she appears was originally from Fotheringhay Castle, where she was held and eventually beheaded. When the castle was demolished the staircase was incorporated into the hotel.
Was she near the staircase when she was told of her upcoming execution, as has been suggested? Did she walk down this staircase heading for her appointment with the executioner? Could an apparition really be associated with a staircase and is the ghost really that of Mary Queen of Scots?