Longford Village Ghosts
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The ghosts looking after ancient Longford Village...
40 years ago...|
Its quite normal for a Victorian gentleman in a black bowtie and white starched shirt with his wife dressed in a bonnet and green wide skirt dress to appear through the wall into the childs bedroom to say goodnight, sleep tight and check that all is well. The house was the original number 500 Bath Road.
Across the road in Orchard Cottage...|
And when Orchard Cottage on the opposite side of the road was bought, the new owners child often reported strange noises and things moving round in the upstairs bathroom.
Till oneday a lady came visiting and said she used to live at number 500 as a child. When invited in and shown around, she was told about renovations that were going to be made upstairs. When upstairs she commented the area that was then the childs bedroom had been destroyed in a fire - and was where her parents burned to death when she was a child!
And down the road at 492...|
And down the road at 492 was the village grave yard, right beside the London to Bath Road. In the middle of the graveyard stood a mighty Chest nut tree, that shed the largest conkers in the hamlet, but you wouldnt find any kids going into the graveyard to retrieve a single conker - because most had tried, when each had in turn seen the uggliest old hag with green haggled hair, appear in the front doorway of the Quaker house besides the tiny grave yard, holding a shotgun and shouting profanities and threats at the fleeing child...
Across the road, at 456 Bath Road...|
Across the road, at 456 Bath Road, stands the derilect red bricked Tudor mansion, that Mr Thackery bought to renovate. Renound for his summer garden parties around the swimming pool, a child ventured upstairs to open the large creaky doors to each of the 5 rooms... only find in the last room, objects flying round and round by themselve in that last fith room. Dashing back downstairs and outside to the saftey of his parents, he explained what had happened - and the parents looked up at the house to count the upstairs windows, only to find there were olny four windows, not five... the room with the fling objects did not exist...
In the White Horse Pub...|
Long time resident Gill said:-
There is a Ghost in the White Horse Pub - every woman who has lived in the pub knew about the ghost up there. This is a female ghost, who doesnt like other females living in her White Horse pub. She is dressed in white, with a long white veil that trails behind her along the floor. Last seen by the cleaner in the early hours of the morning, in the pub, walking around the chimney from one part of the pub to the other.
The haunted tunnel ...|
Mrs Rice (nee Cox), resident for over 70years, says there was a haunted tunnel under the pub - probably used for smuggling and leading to the ancient white millitary houses to the side of the pub.
Across the road in Orchard Cottage...|
OCS had a large long building as its Headquarters, with a magnificent water feature/fish pond out front, where many a child was dared to run up and bang on the front door and hiding away before it was answered.
452 Bath Road... as told by Historians, the great, great grandson of Mrs Cox, and Longford resident Gill...|
If you were there in his house, it was such a bizzaar house to like be in. He used to have this dining room with this huge long table, a huge long table with all these old fashioned chairs, with leather, really uncomfortable to sit on. And as you come out of there and as you come to the front door, there was the hallway, and there was old, oak, dull stairs and a room to the left that we used to go watch tv and movies in, and that was creepy in there. We used to scare the heck out of ourselves when we used to watch horror movies - you should have stayed in this house man!
And then he had the fire that burnt upstairs, and that changed the way it felt... downstairs didnt change, cause when the fire went up, it damaged the roof and they had to re-structure it upstairs, and so when they restructured it, they did it differently, they put a loft conversion in there, and his bedroom got smashed through, and they made that into a bigger bedroom and he had like two bedrooms smashed through into one, and then the old bedroom he used to have got turned into a bathroom, but the four poster bedroom stayed exactly as it was, like literally, it was weird like a time warp and still, even after the fire, no-one liked going in there! It was a big house, but it still felt small. It felt bigger once he had it re-done, and Regus Business Center hadnt been built yet - that was a later thing.
...an eiry room, thats what it felt like! The door would be shut, upstairs was a big, long corridor, and his bedroom was burnt down, and when it was rebuilt, it was slightly different, but that haunted room funny enough, didnt get badly damaged even though it was in one of the main places - it was weird, so it still felt creepy even though they had the house redone, it still reminded you every time, almost like everything felt exactly the same, that corridor was still the same - they did a really good job at redoing it. Even before the fire, I used to stay there as a kid, and use a bedroom that they changed to a bathroom, I used to stay in that bedroom with him, then there was the main bedroom, and then there was the four poster bed in the bedroom next door to that, and the ghost was in that four poster bedroom. I didnt see the ghost, but my mate saw her, and his mom and dad had seen her... she was in a white dress, and would come out of the room, walk down the corridor, then just dissappears. It would give you goosebumps, but I never found her, I'd always make sure the door was shut! I used to hate the room, even though, one year, I remember we stayed there, and it was the storms of '87 - big massive storms, and I stayed there in that room, and his bedroom was right next door to it, and it was horrible man, we were watching out the window, and everything was falling down, the wall came down, it was crazy.
I dont know why they bulldozed the house. He had quite a bit of land, and the factory there, and he had this garden, and the garden went straight back, and they had like an "L", and the garden went behind this other persons house. The factory was where his dad David Degents built Triumph Desda's - it was an old school racing bike, and he used to hand build it all the way from scratch - he had everything in that workshop, he would build the cogs, the lot, everything from scratch in that factory. And he used to race them.
I was friends with him from nursery school, and we'd been going round there since '85, and the Bath road wasnt cobbled then - the Margaret Cassidy house was there and the Quaker Tudor house was there across the road - but no Yew tree nor grave stones. When I was a kid, I used to have nightmares, and my mates house was in my nightmares, it was a re-occuring nightmare, and I used to have to deliver papers to that house, and it was creepy, it was aweful! It had a big old Tudor front door where the monsers lived, and it used to drag me in. He must have sold up and moved out on the early 2000's.
From the Bath Road, you'd drive through the main gates, up his driveway, and you'd come round to the front of the house, there used to be a little pond here and the big scary tree and you'd go in the front door (which was facing the Bath Road), into the hallway. Over to the left was a living room, and over to the right you'd have the dining room, and infront of you the staircase going up. There was another little room behind the staircase - it was like a sewing room/play room type thing.
Then if you came up the old oak stairs, they brought you back round and they brought you this way, to the landing, and at the top of the stairs to the right was the corridor that went down here to the end room... and that was the bedroom towards the back of the house. Below that room was the kitchen. There was a little room next door to it, and then there was the bathroom, with another room further along.
After the fire, they bashed all that through, so there was a massive big room, then a bathroom, then that would still be the end room. And the ghost used to come out of that end room, and go down that corridor. She was in white, she used to come down, a lady. They didnt know who she was, it was just the whole thing, like they used to see her come out the room, walk down the corridor, and that was it. Her precence was just down the corridor. No one wanted to go in that end room, there was a four poster bed , I think someone actually died in that room, and no one would sleep in that room - not even my little mate Olie - he used to hate that room as well.
The bathroom was ok, and it was rebuilt when it burned down in the fire. They moved the bathroom where his old bedroom was, which was right next door to the four poster bedroom, that the corridor was there, and you had the rooms going like that, bu the four poster bedroom was a door straight at the end of the corridor into the little room. As little kids we'd sleep in Olie's room which was next door to it. That little room was spooky, cause it was only a little room considering the size of the house compared to the rest.
When they moved out, he must have been about twenty. That ghost had an appearance every now and then, it was supposed to be like, someone had died in that room, I know someone had died in that room, whether it was actually related to the ghost I dont know. It was an old room, proper four poster bed with a thing round the top of it. There was an old sideboard in there, victorian sideboards, everything was very old and sort of looks like no one every wanted to be in that room. No one used that room. It was like the room was non-existant. No one wanted to be in there - whenever you wanted to feel scared, you'd go into that room. It was one of them rooms that you'd be just captivated, it was like... I dont want to go in there, I dont want to go in there! Its that everyone hated it. Everyone had been in there at some point, but no one wanted to go in there. It was the room that no one wanted to enter. It was always the door, the door that you'd want shut for that room.
His mum and dads room was like quite big, with a big walk-in wardrope and a massive big bathroom over the other side of the house. Very weird proportions - they had this massive big room on one side with a walk-in wardrope and a bathroom, and behind that was the sewing room there, and then there was the corridor. So there was your landing, then obviously the room over there, and all the rooms down there, sewing room in the middle, and then that end corridor down there and the other room down there at the back there. It was an old tudor double storey house, single pane windows, just the typical reallyold tudor house. (google "Dave Degens" for a video of his dad, who made these Dresda classic motorcycles that he used to make and race em - the triumph that they used to make in the factory across from the house - his old business, thats the guy, man!
When heathrow demolished this haunted house, they wanted the Tudor house next door, but he's not selling nor moving. Its behind the wall!
They can't demolish all these ancient villages - theres too much history!