The following is a guest post.
This Halloween horror story is excerpted from Haunted Cotswolds (The History Press) and is one of the many spine-chilling tales of ghosts, ghouls and the undead, that have been gathered for this book from every corner of the Cotswolds revealing, in heart stopping detail, this region’s unexplained events and the creepy elements that lurk beneath its rolling hills and beautiful vistas.
The book weaves descriptions of Cotswold architecture and history into thrilling true-life stories of ghosts and their recurring appearances over the centuries, promising its readers terrifying dreams for years to come.
Eerie Warwick Castle
The following tale describes how the ghost of Warwick Castle’s squire, came to repeatedly haunt the Castle after his demise in medieval times.
So on Halloween night, gather your loved ones close, lower the lights, snuggle up by the fire and prepare for things to get very spooky.
The battlements of Warwick Castle
Aaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! A terrifying scream is heard followed by the sound of a body falling with a dull thud. A dagger clatters to the stone floor, the staccato sound echoing through the chamber. Blood gushes from a deep wound, quickly forming a crimson puddle. The victim of this stabbing is Sir Fulke Greville, master of Warwick Castle. Moments before an argument had erupted between him and his faithful servant Ralph Haywood. Their conversation, most likely, unfolded as follows:
“Master, have I not served you well these many years?” asks Ralph Haywood of Sir Greville, as he helps his master dress.
“Yes, Haywood, indeed you have – though if you do not hand me my jerkin this minute I shall be obliged to give you a different answer.”
Sir Greville makes this reply in his usual arrogant tone. Haywood stares at his master, his face red with anger.
“What is this, Haywood?” asks Sir Greville
“It has come to my knowledge that your will and testament indicates nary a single coin shall be granted me upon your demise.”
“What?” demands Sir Greville. “How dare you presume to know the workings of my will and then have the audacity to upbraid me for its contents?”
“A slave I have been at your bidding, morning till night, for many years and have given of my best. For this I deserve more.”
Haywood shouts these words and Sir Greville replies.
“Hand me my jerkin, slave that you are and know your place. If you dare to challenge me again you shall indeed receive nothing – nothing but a good flogging that is.”
Sir Fulke Greville was notoriously stingy and his parsimony had resulted in Haywood’s mounting resentment. With this Haywood, pulls out his dagger and plunges it into Sir Greville’s chest.
As Sir Greville staggers back, a terrifying scream followed by strangled gasps issues from his mouth. Finally he crashes to the floor and writhes on the cold stone. Slowly his gasps cease.
Haywood’s anger dissolves at his master’s distress. He reaches out to help Sir Greville but suddenly the enormity of his deed fills him with horror. Remorse grips him and he seizes the same dagger he had used only moments before and slits his own throat in an instant. With a despairing gesture towards Sir Greville he falls dead on the floor beside him. The year was 1628.
The Ghost Tower
Since that time Sir Fulke Greville has haunted the 14th Century Watergate Tower of Warwick Castle or, as it is now known, the Ghost Tower and he does so in the scariest way imaginable.
Typically, an unsuspecting visitor would be admiring Sir Greville’s portrait and all will be well until….. Sir Greville’s apparition suddenly materializes right out of his painted image accompanied by blood curdling, screeching moans. This hair-raising event has happened on numerous occasions and has turned more than one paranormal skeptic into a believer whose screams can be heard far and wide as he flees from the Castle never to return.
The Ghost of Sir Greville emerges.
Photographs by Randall Montgomery
The excerpt above is from:
Also: Don’t miss this DVD by Diz White and Randall Montgomery GHOSTS OF GREAT BRITAIN – Haunted Cotswolds (Available in the U.S.A. on Amazon.com. Available in the U.K. on Quantum Leap.com) with many shots of scenic, historic Cotswolds
Diz White is also the author of:
The ultimate laugh-out-loud, good life, house-hunting, foodie, travel-tour, meet the eccentric locals, roller-coaster cliff hanger, fun memoir. A love note to the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful regions of England.
This book also contains a travel guide to the Cotswolds (includes contact info for many inns, activities, hikes, historic sites accommodation etc.)
‘I fell about laughing at Diz White’s book, her hilarious showbiz stories woven into her hunt for a cottage are a hoot…. ‘ Debbie McGee BBC Radio Berkshire
About Diz White
Together with her husband, Randall Montgomery, British-born Diz White divides her time between an acting and writing career in Hollywood and their cottage in the Cotswolds – acting credits, among many others, include Star Trek Next Generation and BULLSHOT (HandMade Films.) Available as a DVD on Amazon. She is also the author of HAUNTED CHELTENHAM (The History Press). For more information on COTSWOLDS MEMOIR and other books by this author and to contact – www.DizWhite.com
Also Read Diz’s guest post about the Cotswolds on Smitten By Britain- The Cotswolds: A Dazzling Day Out