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The History of the Parc Hotel

The History of the Parc hotel

 The Gladstone villa property was named after the former liberal prime minister William Gladstone, he died in 1898.  Gladstone villa dates back to 1900 and was located in Cardiff road, Bargoed, a former mining town in the South Wales valleys.

The is a prequel to the story  ” The Ghost of Gladstone villa” by Andrew Dexter

Introduction

Henry Jones and his family lived there during the first world war, they were a family of 14 and the property was big enough to accommodate them.

Henry’s son Albert was taken prisoner in Germany but was released in 1917.

Michael and Evelyn Kimmiett were married in 1923 and they lived at Gladstone villa in the 1920’s, their son Elvin Rowland’s Kimmiet died there on Thursday the 29 of May 1924, he was just four months old.

His funeral took place on Monday the 2 June 1924,  it was a strictly private affair, as stated in the Cardiff newspaper ”The Western Mail” of that year.

The Williams family lived there in the 1940’s,  Hugh and his wife Gwen, their son Robert was born at the property on 8th March 1946, they moved to the Grove in 1950.

The Mills family lived at Gladstone villa at some point, Edgar Mills claimed more than once that it was haunted, telling his son Kevin that it was a creepy place !

Edgar would tell the tale that he heard rhythmic tapping on the door and they would go and investigate !

My Paranormal Experiences

My family moved to Gladstone villa in 1960, from Frances street, Bill and his wife Rita with their only daughter Caroline, my mother and maternal grandparents.

After leaving Bargoed north school she got a job at the bake house in Baldwin street Bargoed, this is where she met my father Douglas Dexter, they married in April 1968.

My family never made any claims Gladstone villa was haunted until I was born in 1969.

It all started off with minor taps until it developed into full scale typical poltergeist activity, lights going off and on, electrical cables being pulled, the occasional but rare sightings, my mother claimed to have seen the full solid figure of a monk !

This went on for nine years solid, from 1969 to the Summer of 1978, that’s when we moved out and gained normality, and the Gladstone villa was converted into a small hotel.

It took me some time to do the research at the local library but I discovered that Evelyn Kimmiet died in 1970,…soon after I was born ! maybe she returned as a spirit and thought I was her son !

Many years later a couple of mediums claimed they picked up the spirit of a monk and and old lady, maybe this is Mrs Kimiett still looking for her son.

Ghosts of Ettington Park Hotel.

Ettington Park Hotal - UK's Most Haunted Hotel

Ettington Park Hotel is steeped in a rich and varied history and has over the years and has gain the prestigious accolade of the Most Haunted Hotel in Britain, with its many ghosts and tales of tragedy.

Archaeological evidence shows the grounds and the buildings have been a centre of human habitation for at least 2,000 years. Several archaeological digs have unearthed long lost Roman coins, brass ornaments and large quantities of pottery.

There is strong evidence that a Roman villa existed on the site. In recent times the Hotel and grounds at Ettington have had a leading role in the motion movie ‘The Haunting‘ directed by Robert Wise 1963.

The Many Ghosts at Ettington Park

The ghost stories surrounding the Ettington Park Hotel are as varied as its history, and not surprisingly most encounters are recorded by the staff  and guests. Over the years many members of staff and guests alike have reported strange sounds and noises bumps in the night if you will, others have reported seeing apparitions, ghosts and poltergeist activity with objects moving unaided in the many rooms that make up the Historic building.

More disturbingly are the reports of  voices emanating from the air and the overwhelming feeling of an unseen presence in the bedrooms and an accompanied chilling sensation of being watched from the shadows by unseen ghosts during the small hours.

Most Haunted & Active Ghost Areas of the Hotel

Reception Area: On the of eve of several Christmases Hotel staff have reported an occurring phenomenon of a floating candle hovering just above the Elizabethan oak mantle piece. Comments from other guests have reported a shadowy ghost like presence by the entrance door and reception desk, and a ghostly outline of a man and his dog crossing the reception area and quickly disappearing into the hotels extensive Library.

The Hotel Library:  Books and paper work mysteriously being pulled from the library shelves, poltergeist activity and related phenomenon and voices of gentlemen chatting have been heard along with the sound of billiard balls knocking together and being potted. The Library also experiences dramatic changes in temperature, often accompanied by the  ghostly presence of a female figure. One member of staff has even reported seeing a Ghost of a man dressed like a priest.

Great Drawing Room: Many female voices are heard  in what can only be described as singing, whilst,  a bare footed Edwardian lady has been seen several times stood in the bay window on the right hand side of the room. Other strange occurrences include poltergeist activity, the doors and curtains opening and closing without course and an apparition of ghostly  young boy.

The Long Gallery: Both staff and guests have reported a strong feelings of being watched, along with an oppressive atmosphere,  individuals have stated that the entire length of the gallery can suddenly drop in temperature. It has also been noted that a ghost of an army officer and an elderly lady can usually seen in the last bay window next to the fireplace.

Main Staircase: Is haunted by the ghost of a young servant girl by the name of Mary, who died after falling down the staircase following an argument with the Squire. It is  believed that the ghost of Mary can also been seen in the Oak Room Restaurant.

Corridor Outside the Long Gallery: The ghost of John Prichard, the architect who designed Ettington Park has been seen strolling the length of the corridor just out side the great gallery. In the Courtyard Suites Corridor a ghost of a previous groundsman of the estate has been whiteness by several member’s of staff and guests.

The Stour Corridor: Is haunted by the ghosts of two young children who lost their lives to drowning in the Stour River around 1800. Its believed the same children have also been seen and heard in other areas of the hotel.

The Stour Corridor is also the regular haunting grounds by the ghosts of the Grey Lady and the ghost of a monk who may well be the priest associated with the Great Library. The ghost of the Grey lady has also been seen in the Tower Suite Corridor.

Conservatory: A ghost of an elderly  lady dressed in Victorian clothes haunts the conservatory, with her comes a very strong presence,  Footsteps can be clearly heard walking back and forth.

The Shirley Chapel: A priest hiding hole was discovered in the south transept chapel, it is assumed that the ghost of a monk who has been frequently reported in the other areas of the hotel is directly related to the ghost reported being seen in the tower and grounds. Further to this, The village of Lower Ettington used to exist adjacent to the house and chapel until around 1798 and where it was demolished and the monks relocated two miles away at Upper Ettington.

There have been many ghostly sightings reported from the site of the former village, including phantoms, spirits and dark shadows. Additional sightings in and around the estate include the ghostly forms of two female figures which haunt the grounds.

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Wellington Hotel. Boscastle

Wellington Hotel. Boscastle, Several ghosts are said to haunt this Hotel.

Overlooking the harbour in the Cornish fishing village of Boscastle, The Wellington Hotel is haunted by the ghosts of a man and young lady.

The Wellington Hotel is one of Cornwall’s oldest Coaching Inns and dates back to the 16th Century. Originally known as the Bos Castle Hotel, the Hotel was renamed after the death of the “Iron Duke”, the Duke Of Wellington.

The ghostly figure of a man, complete with frilly shirt and ponytail, has been seen disappearing though the wall near the Hotels reception room. The ghost of a young lady who committed suicide by leaping from a tower attached to the building has also been seen in the area.

 

The Bull Hotel. Suffolk

The ghost of Richard Evered, murdered in the hotel back in 1648 is rumored to still haunt the hotels halls and corridors.

The ghost of Richard Evered, murdered in the hotel back in 1648 is rumored to still haunt the hotels halls and corridors. Continue reading →

The Swan Hotel. Lavenham.

The spirit of a housekeeper haunts this building, its reported she committed suicide there.

Nestled deep within the countryside of Suffolk, in the town of Lavenham lays the old Swan Hotel Continue reading →