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A Sheldon Bosley Fright – Top Ten Haunted Spots in Warwickshire & Worcestershire

Halloween might look a little bit different this year without the big monster mash or the knock at the door from kids dressed up as ghosts, ghouls, and freaks of the night; but you don’t have to look far if you want to give yourself a fright. Warwickshire and Worcestershire are home to some of the most haunted places, and we’ve pulled together our top ten, guaranteed to chill your spine.

1. Coombe Abbey

The friars of Coombe Abbey are tales of legend. Now a hotel and country park, visitors have reported seeing a cowled figure floating around the grounds. The restless spirit is believed to be Abbott Geoffrey from the 12th century, brutally murdered and whose murderer was never caught, proving to be the downfall of the monastery.

Abbott Geoffrey is not the only spirit of the night to roam the grounds of Coombe Abbey, Matilda was a young gypsy girl whose footsteps can be heard pattering across the cobbles near the stables.

2. Ettington Park Hotel

The imposing Victorian mansion in Alderminster not too far from Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon is spooky enough to look at from the outside, especially in the depths of Autumn and Winter. The beautiful neo-gothic architecture fits the bill of your typical haunted house, so much so the exterior was used in 1963’s The Haunting. There have been many tales of spirits scaring guests and staff of the hotel but the most terrifying is that of Lady Emma who has been seen by many swishing along the halls.

3. Warwick Castle

There is far more spooky than that of Warwick Castle when it comes to Warwickshire. The castle was built in 1068, with settlements on the site dating back 150 years before. The castle’s most well-known ghost is Sir Fulke Greville who was a former resident of the castle but killed brutally by a servant in 1628. There’s also poltergeist activity in the dungeons, temperature changes, light anomalies, and sensations of being pushed or grabbed.

4. Shrieves House, Stratford-upon-Avon

Few people on the ghost hunt at The Falstaffs are brave enough to stand alone on the staircase at Shrieves House and Barn; sinister voices, heavy footsteps, and a metallic scraping sound are commonly heard here, and many are so afraid they refuse to return.

5. Edgehill

The Battle of Edgehill was a pitched battle of the First English Civil War that took place on 23rd October 1642. Sightings of the ghostly re-enactment were first reported in 1642 by Shepherds as they walked across the battlefield before Christmas. Villagers from Kineton too reported ghostly sightings and to try and stop the apparitions, gave Christian burial to all the corpses on the battlefield. To this day, haunting sounds and apparitions have been witnessed at the site of the battle and the sounds of canons, hooves, and battle cries are still heard in the night around the time of the battle.

6. The Angel, Pershore

The Angel is of Tudor origins, built using old ship timbers brought downriver by boat from the breaker’s yard in Worcestershire. The timbers still remain and it has been claimed that salt has been seen oozing from the beams in the lounge of the hotel. There have been many claims of paranormal activity surrounding the Angel, located on what would be the main road between London and Worcester. One story in particular is of a large man in a naval uniform appearing between two tables in the restaurant.

7. Pershore Abbey

This impressive medieval Abbey was founded in 689 AD by King Oswald. Much of the Abbey’s architecture is from the 13th century and dominated today by the pinnacle tower. A funeral path between the village of Wick and Pershore Abbey is thought to be haunted by a Monk.

8. The Spirit House, Evesham

Built in Tudor times from some of the remaining stones of the old Evesham Abbey, the Spirit House is fast becoming one of the most actively haunted houses in the Midlands. Built in 1544 it has borne witness to many deaths. People have left terrified after seeing chairs and tables mobbing on their own and hearing the sounds of children crying.

9. Site of The Battle of Evesham

The battle marked the defeat of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, and many hundreds were beheaded and dismembered during the war. The site was not only home to the Battle of Evesham but was also part of the English Civil War and is thought to be one of the haunted battle sites of Britain.

10. Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle has now been named the second spookiest English Heritage site and at 900-years-old it is no surprise. Staff at the Castle have encountered ghostly figures, an antique cot rocking by itself, and the smell of pipe smoke at the castle.

So, there you have it, COVID-19 isn’t the scariest thing of Halloween 2020 after all.

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Local Current Rental Market Shows No Sign of Slowing

to-let-propertyThe Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), stated in the summer that their members had reported across the board that the number of available rental properties had increased and demand had dipped.

However, this is at odds with the evidence that Sheldon Bosley’s Lettings departments have witnessed.

Private rented property remains at a premium and the number of prospective tenants remains high for each new property to the market.  With demand high, we are constantly looking for high quality rental property to help the housing shortage in Stratford upon Avon and South Warwickshire in particular.

As we reported in our last newsletter, there is generally a harmonious, friendly and respectful relationship between landlords and tenants, with many people saying they believe they pay a fair price in rent and the majority saying they have a good or very good relationship with their landlord.  So the old ‘them & us’ attitude seems to be becoming a thing of the past and the whole tenancy being seen as a business transaction which, if carried out correctly, is beneficial to all parties.  This being so, now could be the time to enter the market as an investor.

For advice on any aspect of becoming a landlord client, please feel free to contact either our Stratford lettings team on 01789  292310 or Shipston on 01608 661666.

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Property Auction

Three superb properties will be going under the hammer on Thursday 12th November 2015.

Commencing 6.30pm, the auction will take place at the Ingon Manor Golf & Country Club, Ingon Lane, Snitterfield CV37 0QE under the capable hands of Auctioneer James Walton, FRICS FAAV, Partner at Sheldon Bosley and a RICS Registered Valuer.

The following properties will be for sale:

Collyers Oak Farmhouse-3 bed detached farmhouse fillongley for sale by public auction warwickshire

Collyers Oak Farmhouse, Fillongley Road, Fillongley, Coleshill

3 bed detached farmhouse. Solid and picturesque Grade II Listed property offering the opportunity, with sensitive restoration and renovation, to create a lovely family house with substantial gardens, paddock and outbuildings. Click here for details.

Guide Price:  £675,000

2 bed terrace house in shottery for sale by public auction warwickshire

10 Church Lane, Shottery, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

This 2 bed mid-terrace cottage represents a rare opportunity to acquire an affordable ‘project’ in one of the most popular locations around Stratford upon Avon. As either a home or an investment, number 10 offers various renovation possibilities subject to the appropriate permissions, and there will undoubtedly be considerable interest in the property.  Click here for details.

Guide Price:  £200,000

Burnside Shottery - for sale by public auction - stratford upon avon

Burnside, Church Lane, Shottery, Stratford upon Avon

The property dates from the 19th Century with later period additions, and comprises six self-contained dwellings all let on Assured Shorthold tenancies except one which is unoccupied. Communal gardens and car parking in separate timber garage block. Gross rental income approximately £51,000 p.a.   Click here for details.

Guide Price:  £1,200,000

For details click the link provided for each property or alternatively call our offices on 01789 292 310.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Sheldon Bosley Charity Quiz Night

Sheldon Bosley Estate Agents charity quiz nigh

Sheldon Bosley Estate Agents charity quiz nighOh, what a night!  This year’s Sheldon Bosley quiz recently held at the Shakespeare Centre had a James Bond theme.

There was James Bond himself asking the questions, Pussy Galore giving us instructions and Miss Moneypenny keeping a note of the scores with many Bond girls in attendance.

Sheldon Bosley Estate Agents charity quiz nighThe questions were wide and varied and the 24 teams competing, comprising the great and good of Stratford upon Avon, tried their utmost only to be pipped at the post by Wright Hassall Solicitors who are now the reigning champions.

The evening was a great success and in addition to the fun and laughter, a delicious buffet and a fantastic raffle, plus struggling with lots of challenging quiz questions, the magnificent sum of £2,000 was raised for the Sheldon Bosley Charity of the year which is Epilepsy Research UK.Sheldon Bosley Estate Agents charity quiz night

Sheldon Bosley’s James Walton is pictured with the winning team (left) and earlier during the evening, playing guitar for the live music round (below).

A huge thank you to all of the teams who attend each year with such enthusiasm – a good time was enjoyed by all.

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Fifth Annual Sheldon Bosley Quiz

Sheldon Bosley Quiz 2013

The fifth annual Sheldon Bosley Quiz night was held on Tuesday, 3rd December in the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon with approximately 150 guests including fellow professionals and clients who were entertained by the staff from both the Stratford and Shipston branches. Rev Green & Miss Scarlet

The evening was once again organised by Suzanne James, Sheldon Bosley’s Commercial Property Partner who had chosen Cluedo as a theme for the night; the game is played on a floor plan of a house and therefore seemed apt for a company of chartered surveyors.  Starting in the ‘Kitchen’, the first round was based on Food and Drink; the quizzers were then taken through various other rooms including the ‘Billiard Room’ where there were some taxing questions on Sport to the ‘Ballroom’ where they had to identify tracks or artists from a wide range of musical genres.

In keeping with the theme, the evening was compered by the Reverend Green and Miss Scarlet, more familiar to everyone as Raymond Smith and Suzanne James.  There was extremely close competition for the trophy but the victors were a team from Lodders Solicitors who just pipped a rival firm of solicitors in the final round.

 Winning Team

Apart from ensuring everyone had a fun and enjoyable evening, one of the Company’s aims in organising the event is to raise funds for a charity chosen by the staff, who this year decided upon Breakthrough Breast Cancer.   A total of £1,580 was raised from the entrance fee and the raffle; the latter proved very popular with some fantastic prizes donated by various local businesses which ensured everyone dug deep into their pockets.

The reputation of this annual event is growing and Sheldon Bosley is already looking forward to gathering everyone together next December.