By Sarah Proctor - 17th October 2012 7:02am
With 900 years of rich history and a turbulent and, sometimes bloody past, Combermere Abbey is renowned as one of Cheshire’s most haunted houses.
If you love the sensation of goose bumps on your arms, your hair follicles standing up and the blood draining from your cheeks, then join local historian and ghost-hunter, Tim Prevett, for a spine-tingling ‘History & Mystery Ghost Hunters’ Tour’ of the Abbey on Wednesday, October 31st,and mid-winter, on Friday, December 14th.
Combermere Abbey, originally built in 1133 as a Cistercian monastery, has lived through the Dissolution, many wars, treachery and uprising, and has counted many influential and intriguing owners who have each lived through romance, sorrow, bankruptcy, illness, loss, each soul leaving their own imprint in the fabric of these ancient walls.
Those interested in the paranormal may already know of the infamous Victorian photograph of Lord Combermere, seated in a chair in the Library, captured by Sybil Corbett at the time of his own funeral! Even nowadays as a happy family home, there is often an unexplained ‘bump in the night’, whisper or sighting witnessed by occupants of the Abbey.
This has captured the imagination of Tim Prevett, who is a local historian and ghost connoisseur who will be leading the brave and curious on five twilight and night tours of the Abbey.
Learn of the history and mystery of the Abbey — and who knows whether you may sense unexpected guests during this other-wordly experience?
Two night short breaks are available, arriving on either Tues 30thOctober or Fri 14thDecember, staying in one of the Abbey’s five-star cottages. ‘Trick or treat’ goody bag for younger guests included.
A two night stay in a self catering cottage to sleep 4 guests, is from £260, accommodation only, based on the October dates. Tickets for Abbey tour are sold separately at £15 p.p.
Hallowe’en, Oct 31st 7.00pm – 8.15pm and 8.45pm –10.00pm
Midwinter, Dec 14th 3.45pm – 5.00pm; 5.30pm – 6.45pm and 7.15pm – 8.30pm
Each of the tours last for around 75 minutes and costs £15 per head (Strictly limited to 15 guests so pre-booking essential. Suited only to older children, min. age 10 years and adults) No indoor photography will be permitted.
Thursday 20th Jul
Wednesday 19th Jul
Meet on Audlem Car Park at 8.30am
St James' Church, Audlem
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