In the run up to Halloween, CROXLEYnews is delving into the area’s many stories of strange goings-on, with particular focus on a farmhouse turned equestrian centre in Sarratt said to be haunted.
The story of the ghost of Rose Hall first came to light when known author and paranormal investigator Peter Underwood spoke about one of his first experiences with the supernatural.
The seventeenth-century building in Sarratt had at one point been home to his grandparents, who he’d often go to stay with. Having already claimed to have seen an apparition of his deceased father when he was nine, Underwood became further fascinated in the field after finding out visitors had claimed to have seeing ghosts in the building.
The stories all spoke of a headless figure appearing in the guests’ bedroom, with one Victorian gentlemen from London’s account of the spirit even appearing in two 19th century anthologies about hauntings across the United Kingdom.
In the tale, the gentleman described staying at a friend’s house in Sarratt. Upon waking in the middle of the night, he saw at the foot of the bed, a well-dressed figure with no head. The figure then proceeded to pass through the locked door.
When the gentleman got up to look for his mysterious visitor, nobody could be found. At a later date, when telling the story to a group of ladies, one lady told him such a spirit had been seen by many guests to the home.
Rose Hall now makes part of the Rose Hall Farm equestrian centre, though it still has ghosts of its former life as a farm.