Saturday, 7 February 2015

Ghosts in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Ghosts in Shaftesbury, Dorset

Arriving in Shaftesbury, park in the car park behind the Tourist Information Centre. Leave the car park passing the information centre on your right. This is Bell Street, which meets High Street at a T-junction. Straight ahead is the impressive facade of the Grosvenor Hotel.

The current building is of 17th century date and features in the novel Jude the Obscure by Dorset’s native novelist Thomas Hardy. However there has been a hostelry on this site for over a thousand years and the cellars are thought to date back to these earliest times. It is here that the phantom monk lurks. In Saxon times there was no strict seclusion for nuns so monks were frequent visitors and often played an active role in the work of the abbey. Who this monk was and how he is linked to the cellars of the Grosvenor remain uncertain. He is seen infrequently and usually slips out of sight within seconds.

Rather more active is the Grosvenor's other ghost. This is a lady dressed in a long grey dress who moves purposefully around the upper floors. She is quite clearly in some distress and seems to be searching for something. What she has lost and why it is upsetting her so much are as obscure as the antics of the monk in the cellar.

From "Ghosthunter Walks in Dorset" by Rupert Matthews.
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