If you ever go to Worcestershire and happen to have a keen interest in the paranormal, here are 3 very haunted places in the county which you might like to check out . . . that is, if you have the nerve!
1. Worcester Cathedral – The building dates back to 1084. Before that, a priory used to stand on the same site, which is said to have been built in 680. Overlooking the River Severn, the cathedral is noted for its Norman Crypt, Chapter House and Central Tower. The equally well-known library dates back to Saxon times, and boasts a remarkable collection of old manuscripts. It is also noted for its paranormal happenings.
Various visitors to the building have reported seeing a ghostly bear in the Cathedral. The apparition is said to appear and rear up on its hind legs, as though poised to attack. But then, much to the relief of the witnesses, the spectral bear disappears. Other ghosts that have been seen in the building include a cowled monk, who usually appears as misty form in photos snapped by tourists to the cathedral.
2. Harvington Hall, Kidderminster – Harvington Hall is a grand red-brick Elizabethan property with tall chimneys. As well as containing many original paintings and furnishings, the hall boasts the largest collection of priest holes of any building in the country. The grounds of the building are said to be haunted by a lady called Mistress Hicks, who was accused of practicing witchcraft. Hicks was tried and hanged at the crossroads near Harvington Hall, with the collective misconception that the shape of the cross would repress her angry spirit. However, Mistress Hick’s ghost is still often seen flitting around the grounds of Harvington Hall.
3. Raggedstone Hill – The twin peaks of Raggedstone Hill are said to be haunted by the ghost of a former friar from Little Malvern. Tortured by his own carnal urges, the friar is said to have confessed his sins, and consequently, at the orders of the Cleric, was made to crawl on his hands and knees up the treacherous side of Raggedstone Hill every single day. In the end, the friar became so enraged by his punishment that he climbed to the peak and uttered a curse on not only the church but also on anybody who was unlucky enough to live under its shadow. As it turned out, this curse seemed to actually materialise, for those who fell victim to it soon after visiting Raggedstone Hill include The Duke of Clarence, Richard III, and Anne Boleyn. People still report seeing strange apparitions of a figure crawling up the hill.