by Willow from Haunted Wiltshire Blog
Set in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside, this 15th century Manor house has remained largely unchanged, other than a few alterations to its interior which were made during the 16th and 17th centuries. The last owner of Westwood was Mr Edward Graham Lister, who was responsible for much of the
It was a warm sunny afternoon the day we visited Westwood. What immediately struck us, as we stepped through the grey stone entrance into the grand hall was that ‘lived-in’ feel, an expression used all
Heavy deep panelled oak doors lead off to all the rooms and one
I spent some time alone in the Corner Bedroom, just sitting there listening to a faintly discernable breeze as it sang in the eaves. I remember the ornate stone fireplace and imagined what it would be like when a fire had been lit, I could almost hear the spit and pop from the knots in the firewood. I think this would be a cosy room to spend the night in, but then I’ve not been disturbed by strange women in the dead of night, well not recently. I recall a distinct stillness about the Corner Bedroom; there was no movement to the air. There were few visitors that day so I pretty much had the place to myself hence the quiet I suppose. I am reluctant to say the room had a certain feeling about it but my partner did later remark when she had joined me later, that she felt she could ‘happily lose herself in here, such too its tranquillity.’
A former tenant by the name of Mr Denys Sutton, claimed there was another ghost at Westwood, a distinctly unpleasent fellow that took the shape of a fearsome headless spectre that would wonder the house silently at night and frighten the trousers off the unwary.
One of the guides recalled a story told her by the gardener, a gentleman who has been in service at the Manor for many years. He described having just entered the Music Room, where he smelt and then noticed pipe tobacco rising and curling above a high-backed chair. The chair was facing away from him, so he could not see who was sitting there. He called out but there was no reply. He approached the chair but when he was but a few feet away the smoke suddenly evaporate, but what was more of a surprise was the chair was unoccupied.
It is no secret that Westwood Manor is said to have been cursed. The story goes, the Manor was once the home of a magistrate who caught and sentenced a
The Manor has had many famous visitors over the centuries. One, in particular, was Queen Mary, she adored Westwood. She would often take a liking to a particular item of objet d‘art, so much so that the household would have to discreetly hide objects that they thought might interest her on subsequent visits. This measure was taken just to ensure they would not be obliged to make yet another gift of her adorations for certain objects she picked up during her visit. She was greatly loved and received by all at Westwood Manor and her pen, the one she used to write letters whilst staying at the Manor, is now in a glass box beneath her photograph in the grand hall. More on Westwood Manor, click here