Guys Cliffe House, Warwick
Date: Saturday 28th July 2018
If you’ve been looking for a truly terrifying and oppressive ghost hunting location, then look no further.
Set deep within it’s own foreboding grounds and hidden from view, Guys Cliffe House, Warwick, sets the bar high for paranormal activity.
Some of the most haunted areas inside Guys Cliffe House include the Masonic Lodge, the chapel area, and the basement – All of which you will have exclusive access to during our investigation.
It’s time to leave fear at home as we spend six hours inside one of Warwick’s most haunted buildings.
Guy’s Cliffe has been occupied since Saxon times and derives its name from the legendary Guy of Warwick. Guy is supposed to have retired to a hermitage on this site, this legend led to the founding of a chantry. The chantry was established in 1423 as the Chapel of St Mary Magdelene and the rock-carved stables and storehouses still remain. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the site passed into private hands.
The current, ruined house dates from 1751 and was started by Samuel Greatheed, a West India merchant and Member of Parliament for Coventry 1747-1761.
The estate also comprised a mill, stables, kitchen garden and land as far as Blacklow Hill.
Blacklow Hill is north-west of the house. It is the site of an ancient settlement and the location of Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall’s murder.
In 1308 Edward II travelled to Boulogne to marry Isabella, leaving Piers Gaveston, a Gascon knight to act as regent. Resentment against Edward’s rule and Gaveston’s position of power grew, some barons began to insist Gaveston be banished. Edward could do little to prevent Gaveston being captured in 1312 under the orders of the Earl of Lancaster and his allies. He was captured first by the Earl of Warwick, whom he was seen to have offended, and handed over to two Welshmen. They took him to Blacklow Hill and murdered him; one ran him through the heart with his sword and the other beheaded him..
In 1821 Bertie Greatheed erected a stone cross to mark the execution of Piers Gaveston, “Gaveston’s Cross” and later commented in his diary that he could read the inscription on the cross with his telescope from the house.
The house was used as a hospital during World War I and in World War II became a school for evacuated children.
Guy’s Cliffe estate was broken up and sold in 1947. In 1952 the mill became a pub and restaurant and was named The Saxon Mill, the stables became a riding school, the kitchen garden became a nursery, all of which still exist today.
A toll house also stood by the road to the north of the Saxon Mill, but this was demolished in the mid 20th century.
The new owner of the house intended to convert it into a hotel, but these plans came to nothing and the house fell into disrepair.
In 1955 the house was purchased by Aldwyn Porter and the chapel leased to the Freemasons, establishing a connection with the Masons that remains today.
The roof had fallen in by 1966. In 1992 during the filming of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (The Last Vampyre) a fire scene got out of control and seriously damaged the building, leading to an insurance claim. English Heritage has given the building grade II listed status.
Reported Paranormal Activity:
Extreme poltergeist activity has been reported in the Chapel, with heavy footsteps and dragging noises being heard from above.
Light anomalies are another common occurrence in this area, as well as the feeling of extreme nausea and oppression.
Trigger objects placed in the house’s underground chambers have reportedly been moved by unseen hands during past investigations.
Full bodied apparitions have been witnessed on more than one occasion within the mansions grounds.
Your overnight ghost hunt at Guys Cliffe House includes:
- Vigils led by experienced investigators
- An equipment demonstration before the investigation begins
- Full use of our vast array of paranormal equipment
- Refreshments, Tea/coffee & cakes
- Lone vigils at the end of the night where time is on our side
Important factors to consider before booking:
This event may be unsuitable for people with mobility impairments due to the nature of the property being visited. Please call to check anything you might be unsure about before booking your tickets.
All remaining balances for this event will be due by Friday 13th June 2018.