Capesthorne Hall

Capesthorne Hall is the home of the Bromley-Davenport family, and as befits a magnificent old house boasts several hauntings, one of them being multiple. Below the family chapel is a vault, and a long silent line of spirits has been seen filing down into the vault. Apparently there is a Lady in Grey who is not a member of the queue but haunts the main building.

The most horrific apparition of them all occurred one Winters night in 1958 when William Bromley Davenport was awakened by his window rattling. Scrabbling at the glass “reaching from nowhere”, as he said, was a disembodied hand, severed at the wrist. With quite remarkable courage he promptly threw the window open to get a closer look, whereby the hand disappeared. There was nothing to see all the way down to the courtyard thirty feet below. The apparition has not shown itself again, and the question remains whether or not it was a practical joke. But the height of where the window is situated and the lack of any window ledges seems to preclude this explanation, and in any case everyone strenuosly denied any involvement at the time. Nevertheless, Capesthorne is a place where things seem to happen, as a well known M.P discovered when he visited the family and stopped the night here. Throughout the night his bedroom door opened and closed even after it had been wedged shut!

In 1980 a woman by the name of Kath Philips of Walker lane, Sutton near Macclesfield reported an event that took place outside the gates of Capesthorne Hall on the A34 Congleton to Manchester road.

She states that her Husband and herself were driving along the A34 on a sunny afternoon, when upon approaching the main gates of Capesthorne Hall they both witnessed a man in strange clothes cross the road without checking for traffic. He then effortlessly passed through a thick Blackthorn hedge lined with barbwire and then seemed to disappear. The couples car engine cut out for no apparent reason, as did a car travelling from the opposite direction. Both cars started with no apparent faults after the strange event had occurred!


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