Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Many Ghosts of Littlecote House
The house was built in the thirteenth century, but the ghosts of Littlecote come from a later time. In 1575, Littlecote became the scene of a despicable crime. The owner, William Darrell was a wild man. According to legend, one night a n nobleman sent for a midwife from another village, had her blindfolded and taken to the house where she was instructed to help deliver the baby of a woman. As soon as the child was born the nobleman threw it in the fire. The midwife was given a handsome sum to keep her mouth shut, but she reported the crime. Littlecote was the main suspect in this case, but the midwife could never prove his guilt. He was arrested and acquitted. Fourteen years later, Darrell was thrown from a horse and died. Legend says that the ghost of the dead baby killed him. This ghost is called the burning babe and has been seen all over Littlecote since this time.
Darrell has also been seen with his phantom hounds roaming the grounds of the old estate. He is said to be a death omen, appearing with a coach and horses when a death is eminent. There are other ghosts at Littlecote. There is a woman in a pink night dress that appears from the mist and another woman holding a baby who could be one of Darrell's many mistresses. Littlecotte is now a hotel, so if you are looking for a ghostly vacation, this might be the perfect stop.