BOO! Haunted Banbury

It’s Halloween and while I know you’re probably madly rushing around putting finishing touches on costumes or exerting massive self-control to keep from eating all that candy you’ve purchased, let’s take a minute for a ghost story – or two! Ghost are always fun and Banbury has two that I know of.

whatley

As if having hidden staircases and priest holes weren’t enough, Whatley Hall has a GHOST! Yes, the ghost of Father Bernard. Though having a ghost pop out at you is no doubt a shock, Father Bernard is not supposed to be especially scary. He is said to hum, chuckle and smile as he moves briskly about the place, usually on the stairs or in the garden.

reindeer

The ghost at Ye Olde Reindeer Inn is a Cavalier (which fits in nicely with the history of the place). The ghost is reported to appear, complete with plumed hat and lace ruffles, both on the upper floors and in the Globe Room. No word on whether he is as jolly as Father Bernard.

I’ve put together a few more details on these buildings and their spectral residents over on The Banburian’s Haunted Banbury post. If you’re interested in what else I found out about Banbury’s history – of a less spectral nature – you should check out my piece on Local History Is Awesome called “Banbury’s History of Prudes, Drunkards and Murderers.” It’s not all mayhem though – it also touches up a bit of culinary history of Banbury cakes and cheese.

One response to “BOO! Haunted Banbury

  1. Pingback: Autumnal Authorial Update | Personal Parlance

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *