Shropshire is one of those counties within Britain that is like a hidden jewel, once you discover it you’ll wonder what took you so long, and how soon can you come back! This new book by Andrew Homer on Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire will certainly help you find somewhere to eat, drink and stay, providing you don’t mind sharing a room with a spectral guest or two along the way.
Specific Location: Ludlow
The Feathers Hotel is a beautiful seventeenth century building with a carved timber façade and a reputation of being haunted. It was originally built for an attorney called Rees Jones in 1619 and the Feathers name relates to the Ostrich Feathers that are part of the design in the exterior wooden façade.
Ludlow castle said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman betrayed by her lover and forced to commit suicide after extracting her revenge. The events leading to this may have occurred in 1138 when Matilda captured Ludlow Castle and King Stephen had it under siege. Ludlow was the most important castle in the Marches of Wales and stronghold of the Earls of March.
Once the site of a Grey Friars Priory with links to St Leonard’s Church, this street now has the reputation of being haunted. A nurse called Evelyn Sheppard had a strange experience there in 1971. "In front of me was a refined-looking gentleman wearing the style of clothes associated with the caricature of John Bull.
This Norman church who’s foundations date from 1100AD is supposedly haunted by an old woman, wearing a long robe and having grey hair. She moves through the churchyard between the graves and also near the rectory. It has been suggested that she may be more popular on summer evenings.