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Isle of Wight
Appuldurcombe House was once the grandest house in the Isle of Wight. The baroque building still remains magnificent until today and its history has lent it a distinct appeal. The partially restored building has a charm all its own which visitors are looking for.
Appuldurcombe has quite a reputation as a haunted location. Visitors have reported seeing a phantom carriage near the ground’s entrance and quite a number of ghosts. People have also reported seeing phantom monks in their traditional brown clothes. The sound of a crying baby is heard throughout the house too. A beautiful woman is seen often in the Stable Cottage. If you stroll close to the Freemantle Gate, you may hear the ghost of a young boy laughing.
Lights can be seen flickering along the main staircase. There are cold spots and sudden changes in temperature in the Great Hall. The visitor’s book has also been seen leafed through as if by unseen hands. There are also the ghosts of the two little boys who were accidentally blown up by gunpowder.
The cellar is reportedly one of the most haunted places in the mansion. The shadows of dancers have been seen on the walls of the cellar. People who have been to the cellar have felt as if they are being watched. The cellar is dark and musky, which brings with it a sense of foreboding.
Appuldurcombe is also known as Appledorecombe or Appledore Combe. It is a grand 18th century Baroque house once owned by the Worsley family. It has 365 windows and 52 rooms. The house is located in Wroxall on the Isle of Wight. The house is now open to the public and is managed by English Heritage. The estate is large (once at 1.2km2) and parts of it are still intact.
Appuldurcombe House began as a priory back in 1100. It was converted to a convent and it also became a home to the Leigh family. The present Appuldurcombe House was built back in 1702. It replaced the large Tudor house which was given to Sir Robert Worsley. He was the third baronet. In 1779, Capability Brown was hired to design the grounds.
When Sir Richard Worsley (7th Baronet of Appuldurcombe) was the owner of the house throughout the 1770’s, he used it for his magnificent art collection. He often entertained visitors in the house. Since then the house has been owned and inhabited by nobility, monks and affluent families. The mansion was badly damaged during the Second World War by German bombers. A German bomber dropped a mine close to the mansion. Today, although the mansion has been repaired, it is still an empty shell.
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