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Alcock's Arbour (aka Devil's Bag of Nuts)

There are two stories associated with this conical hill just off the road between Stratford and Alcester known as the Devil's Bag of Nuts and Alcock's Arbour. One 21 September which is the known as the Devil's Nutting Day, Satan was collecting nuts when he was surprised by the Virgin Mary. Read More »

Ettington Park Hotel

Part of the Hand Picked Hotel group, the Etterington Park Hotel was the former home of the Shirley family, Lords of the Manor since the time of the Domesday Book. The current Neo-Gothic mansion building, which may stand on the site of a Roman villa, dates from the Victorian era and was designed by John Pritchard. It has had several uses apart from being a home. Read More »

Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel

The four star rated Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel is a 16th Century manor house upon who’s Cedar Lawn the first performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ allegedly took place. Read More »

Salford Hall Hotel

Dating from 1470 and built as a guest residence for the monks of Evesham Abbey, the Grade I listed Salford Hall is now a luxury hotel in the Best Western group. Read More »

Stratford Tombstone Murder Ghost

I find it very distasteful when ghosts are identified as people who were killed in fairly recent events, especially as this could cause distress for the deceased's friends and family. I am therefore in two minds whether to mention this reputed haunting and I apologise if it upsets anyone. Read More »



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