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Ghostly encounters at haunted houses

PUBLISHED: 15:23 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 25 August 2010

Bexley
29-10-08
Charlton House
Halloween picture
Edward Schofield  in the Long Gallery

Bexley 29-10-08 Charlton House Halloween picture Edward Schofield in the Long Gallery

PERCHED on a hill overlooking the Thames is a Jacobean house in which the lifts go up and down by themselves and a grey lady is seen by some carrying a bundle which looks like a baby.

PERCHED on a hill overlooking the Thames is a Jacobean house in which the lifts go up and down by themselves and a grey lady is seen by some carrying a bundle which looks like a baby.

Staff at Charlton House in Charlton Village, have heard many a tale over the years and some have had ghostly encounters of their very own.

Some say the scary goings on are connected to Sir William Langhorne who had a 17-year-old bride when he was in his 80s.

He and his brother were well-known for being womanisers and he was desperate to conceive an heir to inherit his fortune.

He died in 1715, two months after the wedding, but before his wife had conceived. It is believed he still haunts the grounds in the hope of finding a fertile bride.

It is said he is still searching for a woman.

Could he have been the reason for another ghost spotted in the mansion corridors?

A servant girl is said to pace the corridors of the mansion clutching a bundle believed to be a dead baby.

Sinister proof of the legend seemed to come years later when the Jacobean house was restored and the mummified remains of an infant were found under the fireplace.

Nearby at the Bexleyheath Golf Club legend has it there is a phantom black cat who likes to make an occasional appearance.

And Warren Holmes, a casual worker at the Tudor mansion Hall Place, in Bourne Road, Bexley, claims he has heard footsteps despite the building being uninhabited over the last eight years.

He said: "It's a very jumpy place. There are two little boys who haunt the attic.

"Apparently, they were locked in for years and starved to death. One of them used to work at the David Evans silk mill down the road and there are reports of a little boy wearing Victorian clothes walking along the road at night between here and there."

l Have you had any ghostly sightings this Halloween? Call the news desk on 020 8269 7021.

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