Dame Creswyke

The Manor House Hotel in the beautiful village of Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, has a long and sometimes tragic history, and did not become a Hotel until recently. It's occupants include King George VI, who stayed there during WW2. The hotel is a lovely old English building, and was once owned by the Creswyke family, who were extremely wealthy landowners. Dame Creswyke was horribly murdered in the Manor House, or one of the buildings attached, information is not exact. The Creswykes came to an end in 1752 when the house was sold off to a Benjamin Busby, who brought the property at a knock down price, due to rumors that it was haunted by the late Dame Creswyke. There have been many apparitions of Dame Creswyke, and in particular, room 8 (the appropriately named 'Dame Creswyke Suite') appears to have the most paranormal activity. There has been poltergeist activity and unexplained occurrences. The most memorable sighting was in 1987, when Dame Creswyke materialised close to the hotel front.

My parents recently stayed at this hotel, not knowing its paranormal history, they thought nothing of it when they arrived. They told me that they had stayed in the haunted 'room 8', but did not mention feeling uncomfortable, in fact they said it was warm and cosy. However after returning from a trip out, they went to their room and found that the bed had been completely rearranged. Neither of them had touched it and room service had not been in as they would have changed the towels and turned down the bed. Putting it out of their minds, they got into bed that evening and went to sleep. However their sleep was to be interrupted by ghostly footsteps pacing the hallway, up and down. My mother said she was rather shaken by this and woke my father, who then went to take a look. When he returned to bed he said that he could see no one out there and that it was probably nothing to worry about. Returning to sleep they were awoken again by a thumping sound, this time coming from inside the room, the large wooden wardrobe rattled and shook. My mother was now getting quite upset, and said that she did not want to stay in the room a second longer. They got dressed and went out to the car where they slept the rest of the night.

The next morning my father asked one of the maids to collect their things and they left to come home.

Make of it what you will...but it appears that Dame Creswyke does not want to leave her residence just yet.

Submitted by John Smithe, London, UK