|The main entrance - Appuldurcombe House - sadly behind the facade is a ruin,|
the building destroyed by a World War II bomb.
A. They all died unnatural deaths on the
This week I'm on holiday and my blog post was inspired by a recent ghost walk around Appuldurcombe House, near Wroxall. A monk (!) conducted the tour through the ruins and recounted some of the gory tales of unnatural death pertaining to the house in its heyday when it was the most important estate on the IOW (Isle of Wight).
|Sadly, the house is largely now ruins - destroyed by a WWII bomb.|
|A marble floor under which 4 Worsley children are buried. |
Not the love hearts at the corner of the design : 2 blue and 2 pink, denoting 2 boys and 2 girls.
Well, James Worsley had a son, Richard. Under King Henry VIII, one of the Worsley's responsibilities was to protect the IOW from French invasion. Indeed the King is said to have visited to inspect the state of local defences, and gifted his host a fine Holbein portrait of himself.
Richard organised regular military manoeuvres which included the use of live firearms. However one day it was raining and the gunpowder got wet. Richard's two sons took the damp powder to a gatehouse to let it dry out, unfortunately the barrel got too close to the fire and the whole lot exploded -demolished the gatehouse and killed 6 people including both of Richard's sons and heirs.
|Part of the cellar network beneath Appuldurcombe House.|
|The entrance to the 'priest tunnel' within the cellars.|
|The ornamental pond into which John Smith was thrown and left to his fate.|
|The room (now ruined) where John Smith hung himself.|
|A hint of the splendour that once existed.|
|Widget- ghost or cat?|