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Top 8 haunted places in the UK (and Bournemouth!)

Hey guys, Halloween is coming the end of this week! Any plans at all? Hot parties at clubs? Making spooky costumes with friends? Watching old horror films over the night? Or baking gross shaped cup cakes with your family which is my favourite!

Well, you all probably know the things above I have just mentioned. So, I would like to suggest a fresh thing to do this Halloween which is ‘Exploring haunted places’.

Did you know that there are hundreds of haunted places in the UK, including the world’s famous one ‘Borley Rectory’. As Halloween this year is coming very soon, I suggest that 10 of the world’s most haunted places to visit for the day for your special experience on Halloween while you are in the UK. Please note that I get these most of information from www.hauntedrooms.co.uk

1. Borley Rectory, Essex (the most haunted house in England)

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This house was built in 1863 on the site of an old monastery. It was burnt to the ground in 1939, however it got well known as being the most haunted house after a loads of unexplained paranormal goings on reported.

One of the earliest sighting was a nun. The nun has been seen and heard several times throughout the years. According to local folklore, a nun from a nearby nunnery fell in love with a monk from the monastery, and the couple attempted to elope together. They were ground and sentenced to death. The monk was reported to have been sent to the gallows in the monastery whilst the nun was sealed into the walls of the nunnery alive. This nun is believed that she is still looking for the monk in the hope of running away together again.

But she seemed to be most active during the time in Harry Bull. This Harry Bull is the background of the film <The Conjuring>.

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Anyway, the next most significant of reports come from Eric Smith and his wife. The first documented paranormal activity was in the early 1900’s when the owner, Eric Smith and his wife contacted Daily Mirror newspaper to report “the strange goings on.”. They reported mysterious footsteps, doorbells ringing of their own accord, and poltergeist activities.

The next residences of the house were Rev.Foyster and his wife Marianne. They both were to continue to experience the same phenomena that the other people witnessed before, but the poltergeist activity seemed to become more aggressive with reports of smashed glasses, broken windows, and Marianne being thrown from her bed by an unseen force. The couple was to also experience otherworldly messages on the walls, which defied any logical reason like other reports.

After 5 years, the Foysters left the house leaving the Daily Mirror newspaper team to continue their study. And a full account of what they experienced was published in the book ‘The Most Haunted House in England’.

2. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire (Currently the Most haunted house in Britain)

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Many people believe that Ancient Ram Inn is the most haunted house in Britain. The inn was once owned by the St.Mary’s Church when it was first built. Because of the reported spectres seen in the inn, it has been investigated by various paranormal researchers.  It has been featured in various television shows, such as Most Haunted and the US series ‘Ghost Adventures’.

The house itself is said to have been the location of many sinister happenings, including child sacrifice, suicide, black magic rituals and was also used as a hideout by criminals. The current owner, John Humphries believes that he shares his home with all sorts of spooks – two demons, a witch, orbs and other ghostly presences, and many people who have visited the property have described it as the ‘scariest place’ they’ve ever been to.

One popular legend surrounding the Ancient Ram Inn is that of the witch burned at the stake. She was burned at the stake in the 1500s.  A lot of people believe that the woman’s spirit still haunts one of the rooms of the house to this day. It is believed that the woman took refuge in one of the rooms of the house before she was captured and killed.  Today, that room is called “The Witch’s Room”.

One of the most haunted rooms in the entire inn is called “The Bishop’s Inn”. The room is found on the first floor of the house. When the inn was still a bed and breakfast, a lot of guests would not want to sleep in the room. Some who did sleep ended up fleeing in the middle of the night. It is said that the ghost of a monk haunts the room on a regular basis.

The ghost of a centurion on horseback has also been spotted. It is said that the plumber who saw the apparition was startled out of his wits when the apparition went straight through the wall. There is also talk of a succubus which creeps into the beds of sleeping visitors.

3. Pendle Hill, Lancashire

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Pendle Hill has a notorious reputation for being a place where twelve accused witches lived in the 17th century. These twelve supposed witches were accused of murdering ten people. They figured prominently in what is known as the Lancashire witch trials.  Ten were found guilty and executed by hanging. The history of the witch trials has given the place an eerie atmosphere, and several terrifying reports.

Pendle Hill is notorious for its history in witchcraft and worshipping the devil. There are various tours in the area today which trace the witches from their arrest to their execution. The Pendle Hill witches are said to still haunt the buildings and the villages. Visitors have reported feeling anger when visiting the grounds. Local people even fear discussing the events that went on during the witch trial.

Over the years, Pendle Hill has been featured in the show “Most Haunted” among several other TV shows and ghost tours. Members of the television crew reported being hurt; some even said that they were strangled by unseen hands. The medium (Derek Acorah) reported being in contact with Elizabeth Device, one of the accused witches. Elizabeth told them that there were nine more spirits in the room and none of the spirits wanted the crew present.

4. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

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The castle is said to be the abode of various spectres. A number of ghostly phenomena and ghostly sightings have been reported in the castle. Some of the most reported apparitions in the castle are that of the Blue Lady and the White Lady.

The White Lady is the restless soul of Margaret Pomeroy. She haunts the dungeons of St. Margaret’s Tower and has been seen waving to visitors. She was held captive in the castle dungeons by her own sister, Eleanor, because of jealousy and starved to death in the dungeons.

The Blue Lady lures people into various parts of the castle and gets them lost. People believe that she is the ghost of the daughter of one of the Norman castle lords. She was raped by her father and became pregnant with his baby. Her father strangled the child in one of the rooms of the castle. Other tales say that it was she who strangled the child. She has become the death portent of the Seymours.

People have witnessed strange lights in the castle. Voices have been heard and cold spots in the castle have been reported too. There are also the apparitions of a lady wearing a gray dress and a Cavalier, as well as ghostly shadows.

5. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

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It used to be known as Spring Park. During the middle of construction, the building was abandoned. Although it appears complete from the outside, the floors, plaster and rooms are missing on the inside.  It has been like so since the 1870s. This Gothic mansion is said to be the home of many ghosts.

The haunted reputation of Woodchester Mansion has led it to be featured in several ghostly television programs. It has been featured in Most Haunted Life in 2003 and then again in 2005. It has also been featured in Hauntings and Ghost Hunters International.  Several sightings have been reported over the last two hundred years.

In 1902, a vicar was reported to have seen a strange apparition at the mansion’s gates.  A phantom horseman has also been seen on the mansion’s drive. It is said that the Mansion itself is the epicentre of all the haunting happening in the area. There is the Tall Man of the Chapel which has been seen many times and the elemental in the house’s cellar. The Mansion is said to be the home of some of the scariest ghosts in the United Kingdom.

Visitors have collapsed and have been attacked by the ghostly dwellers of the mansion. There is a floating head which has been seen by many visitors in one of the bathrooms. There is also the spectre of the old woman who likes to attack female visitors by grabbing them in the dark. It is said that the reason why the mansion is haunted is because it stands on the site of the three previous buildings which are also haunted.

The mansion has its own chapel and satanic rituals have been reported in the chapel. People have reported hearing a woman singing an Irish folk song in the scullery. The ghost of a young girl has been seen several times playing and running up and down the stairs of the mansion’s first floor.

Now, I would like to recommend top 3 haunted places near Bournemouth and Poole where should be very close to you to visit or even walk by… Please note that I get this information from http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk.

6. Wimborne: Knowlton Church

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On the outskirts of Wimborne, Knowlton Church is regarded as one of the most haunted places in the county. Known for its ruined Norman Church, Neolithic rings and pagan relics, paranormal investigators have recorded sightings of unexplained phenomena and even those who don’t believe in ghosts have had weird experiences.

There have been spooky sightings of a cloaked figure with a blue sheen at the 14th century deserted church, as well as people reporting centurion like figures, a woman kneeling outside the church, the sound of fighting and, most commonly, a man or men on horseback who visibly rides through the church as if it was not there.

Others claim there is a strange feeling as you approach the church – one dogwalker said his pet stopped, started barking and backed away from the sight in broad daylight.

Rumours have it that Knowlton Church is still used for ceremonies, with tales of black and white magic.

Beside the B3078, north of Wimborne Minster, a coffin has been seen lying on the verge. It is believed to be the coffin of a farmer who committed suicide by hanging himself in a barn nearby.

7. Poole: Crown Hotel, King Charles pub

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As you’d expect from a town of its years, Poole is home to a plethora of traditional pubs and ancient buildings, which have been standing since the days of smugglers – the architecture is stunning and the old cobbled streets are said to be haunted.

In the Old Town area, The Crown Hotel is famously host to several spooky goings on, such as lights turning on and off and the ghostly sound of a piano being played in the former stables.

The venue is said to have been the home to two children who were locked up by a parent who was too embarrassed to let them run around and play in front of other people, and who now let their protests be heard in the form of crying and yelling.

There have also been sightings of a ghost at the King Charles pub on Poole Quay, as well as the sound of disembodies footsteps and a young female voice.

In the nearby high street, in the former Daily Echo building, a ghost by the name of Mr Jenkins was frequently spotted rudely pushing past people on the stairs.

Other haunted buildings include Custom House on the quay, the Guildhall and the waters at Poole Harbour, where bells have been heard ringing at night.

8. Bournemouth: Langtry Manor Hotel

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Bournemouth is said to be home to “younger ghosts”, including the ghosts of a soldier wearing a Second World War uniform and a horse which both haunt the Town Hall.

One of the town’s most haunted buildings is the Langtry Manor Hotel, built by Edward VII for his mistress, Lillie Langtry.

The hotel is believed to be haunted by Lillie’s ghost, which has reportedly appeared to both guests and staff in the form of a grey shadow.

Footsteps, moving items and voices have also been experienced.

If you dare to visit these places above, please be careful and bring your own an amulet to avert evils. Well, I am so brave enough, so that looking and reading these places doesn’t make me scared at all. Well, but I might sleep next to my parents’ room tonight. Because, you know, just in case…

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British English Accents – 2. British posh accent (Upper received accent)

posh people having teaHi my chinas! How have you been? Ooops, I shouldn’t really use cockney words this time round because I am going to tell you all about that famous Posh accent today! Please accept my sincerest appologies, darlings. Let’s put the kettle on and shall we begin.

Phewww, I feel better now. May I ask you the first very important question? What does posh mean? The word ‘Posh’ is defined as ‘elegant or stylishly luxurious’ in the dictionary. But in the UK, being posh is much more than just being ‘elegant or luxurious’. Well, then the same question again, how does this ‘poshness’ work and who is posh and who isn’t? According to an article in The Guardian, there are 7 rules to being posh. Let’s have a look at what it says:

  1. There is no one kind of poshness. There are actually seven distinct types: poshness of birth; poshness of wealth; of accent; of education; also, the poshness of excellent taste, as well as the poshness of eccentric and exuberant vulgarity; and, finally, the poshness of assumed superiority. Some of these are inextricably linked, and some quite naturally overlap, but almost no one is possessed of all seven.
  2. As a term of description or abuse, “posh” has an incredibly elastic definition. At one end of the scale you can accuse someone of being posh for owning a dishwasher. At the other extreme you will hear people saying, “The thing is, the Queen isn’t actually posh at all.”
  3. Posh people aren’t usually snobs. They just don’t have very much to resent.
  4. The worst form of snobbery operates entirely within the middle classes. This makes sense, because none of them is properly posh, and yet virtually all of them have dishwashers. If you are truly middle class, all you can see around you are other middle-class people doing it wrong. When you satirise the middle class in literature or on screen, they are both your target and your audience.
  5. A brief or occasional visitor to the upper reaches of Britain’s class system could be forgiven for assuming that all posh people know each other. In fact he could be wholly acquitted. They sort of all do.
  6. Far and away the poshest thing you can do is wilfully mispronounce your surname, as if the basic rules of vowels, consonants and syllables simply didn’t apply to you, and then oblige strangers to follow your lead.
  7. The next-poshest thing you can do is have a freezing bathroom.

Quite interesting, huh? I actually think that what’s interesting about this article is that your accent actually can say more about which class you belong to in the UK. Ah sorry, more accurately, people will have prejudices about you because of your accent.

Posh English is well known as the Queen’s English for the same reason as above, the royal family representing the very top of the upper class. As I mentioned in the previous blog, you will be able to catch what a posh accent is in the film ‘Kings Man’ and compare how different it is to a cockney and chav accent.

Then, now the second important question, how to speak using a posh accent? There are no right answers to this question. However, there a couple of things I have learnt about speaking posh English.

One is that you make sure you pronounce words correctly, especially the ‘t’ sound should be very clear. Second, pronounce words as they should be phonetically, trying not miss out a single phoneme in the word. Third, make vowel sounds longer, like luuhh-v-ly, not just luv-ly. Fourth, learn the Queen’s vocabulary. Try saying ‘I would be enormously delighted to join the class’ instead of saying ‘The class sounds sick’. Finally the fifth, as we all know, is listening, mimicking and practicing a lot!

I will introduce you to a few celebrities who are known to have posh accent so that you can find their interview videos and listen to their accent if you so wish.

Ian Mckellen (Actor) (Aka Dumbledore or Gandalf)

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Emma Watson (Actress) (AKA Hermione in Harry Potter)

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Hugh Grant (Actor)

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Sir David Attenborough (Broadcaster)

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And of course, Queen Elizabeth.

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I am really chuffed to give you an idea about different English accents and what they mean. I hope you have had an enormously lovely time with us. (Ha! Look how at how posh I am!). If you would like to learn more on English and accents, please find us at, World Choice Education in Bournemouth.

 

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