Harvington Hall. Bromsgrove

Haunted by the Ghost of Mary Yates

The Ghost of Mary Yates is reported to Haunt Harvington Hall in Bromsgrove.

Harvington is a moated medieval and Elizabethan manor-house south-east of Kidderminster. Many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall-paintings and the Hall contains the finest series of priest-holes anywhere in the country.

The Elizabethan House was built in the 1580s by Humphrey Pakington. On his death it was inherited by his daughter Mary, Lady Yate. In 1644 it was pillaged by Roundhead troops. Family letters refer to politics, London fashions and medical treatment, as well as business matters.

Mary Yates has been named as the ghostly elderly woman seen by several people on the site. She is also said to appear at a crossroads outside the park, the site where legend has it she was hanged for witchcraft. Back in the hall, other people have reported a phantom old man with a pipe and an Edwardian woman.

Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

3 Comments on "Harvington Hall. Bromsgrove"

  1. I was a regular reenactor at Harvington, and read quite a bit about it, I loved the place, Mary Yate was the daughter of Sir Humphrey Packington, she had a younger sister, Anne. She married Sir John Yate, and lived, for a while, in Chaddesley Corbet….and incidently Harvington is not in Bromsgrove, its the other side of Kidderminster, She returned to Harvington during the civil war, and was the sole heiress of the property, owing to the fact her sister died young. Mary lived there, I believe to quite a grand age she was not hanged for witch craft, there is a legend that, during the eighteenth century, a woman was hanged outside the walls of the manor, for witch craft, but there is no documentary evidence of this.
    I do believe the place to be haunted, as I often felt a presence when I was there, but it was an atmosphere of happiness, because, the daughters of Harvington, Mary and Anne, were loved by their parents, which, back in those times, was unusual, in fact, I always felt more at home there than in my own home.

  2. Sue Taylor says:

    Visited the hall enjoyed the fantastic tour. Felt a real chill in the upper part of the house, especially the priests bed room. Hmmm haunted I think

  3. Chris says:

    You know what is ever so weird about this story. This Mary Yate is my 10th great-grandmother.. When I read this I was stunned but then thought, “how cool would it be to get a family portrait with my relative! Very creepy to know she still haunts this place.

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