My first visit to Burton Court was back in October 2010 as Team Leader with Phil Whyman’s Dead Haunted Nights Events. I instantly loved the place as it was full of character, not just as a haunted house, but as country house in Herefordshire. Burton Court is an amazing place, full of history and ghostly activity too. In fact there have been reports from the Cellar areas, the Great Hall, the bedrooms and less used rooms that were likely servant’s quarters at one point. It’s the strange happenings at Burton Court that have made it one of My Top Ten Most Haunted Locations in the UK list.
A Most Haunted Court
Burton Court dates back to at least the Doomsday Book when it was spelt Beuretune. Henry V stationed his troops there to watch over the movements of Owen Glendower. The estate was owned in the mid 17th Century by the Brewsters family and they remained there until around 1865 when John Clowes brought the estate. Clowes was a typical English Gent and around 1895 he handed the estate over to his son Colonel Peter Legh Clowes when he married Miss Warren. Between 1902 and 1914 it is said that the Court sported nearly 23 staff members alone, perhaps some of them still remain. Following the death of Clowes and his son the estate was broken up into lots and sold around 1950.
Lieut. Cdr. Robert Macauley Simpson brought the remaining estate in 1960. Simpson married Helen Norton in 1972 and they later had two sons, Henry and Edward.
The location has a mixed bag of influences ranging from Norman, to Medieval, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian. All of which work work to give the place an excellent character. The servants bells are still on the wall and can be rung, perhaps sometimes by more ghostly visitors. The servants quarters still (at the time of my last visit) have their 1950’s style, almost frozen in time.
It’s hard to pin point a ghostly hot spot in Burton Court as there appear to be many reports from all over the building. However, the most reports seem to be in the Great Hall, the Cellar areas and Colonels Bedroom. Large ghostly lights have been witnessed, objects have been thrown or moved and many odd feelings felt. Some have even reported being touched or felt as if someone has invaded their personal space, when there was no one to be seen. Ghostly dark shadow like people have been seen to circle and observe scared visitors to Burton Court. Sometimes coming so close that investigators have been affected emotionally. The location has had its fair share of bangs, knocks, taps and raps too in various rooms. Some have even heard footsteps in the Cellar and doors have closed by their own at times. All in all quite an abundance of varied activity.
Ghostly Experience Investigating Burton Court
Our HQ for the night was the Bar area which was close to the Kitchen and the back stairs. After a quick break we began the investigation.
We started off in one of the smaller rooms on the second floor, asking out into the darkness whilst stood in a circle. A KII meter had been placed in the middle of the circle and it did pulse once, but it was inconclusive. However this room had a very thick atmosphere and appeared to keep it throughout the night. We also attempted a little glass work in the corridor, but the ghosts just weren’t very talkative.
During the next vigil we were in the cellar and this particular one is one of the biggest in my book. There is even an old well in the cellar which gives off the impression of all kinds of possible ghostly stories. Once the lights were out it was pitch black down there, even in a group you could feel a little alone. Unfortunately though for us this spooky setting was just that and communication and activity were very lacking. Sometimes this is the case, even though the cellar felt like there should be something there. Later a second team managed to get some communication out of the Ouija board, they believed they spoke with a boy and a master.
Finally we started our last vigil in the Great Hall, but with little communication through glass work we moved to the billiards room. Unfortunately this room was a little flat too.
So, I hear you all ask why do I think this should be included in my most haunted locations in the UK list if my experience was a little flat. Well it’s simple I have reports from other investigators which have experienced some activity there which in my opinion may require more investigation. I also had some oddities of my own during my visit. On the second floor I may have seen a shadow pass a door and had a bit of an issue with cobwebs! Whilst walking along the corridor I become aware of something touching my face which I could only explain as cobwebs. The problem was I couldn’t locate evidence of actual cobwebs crossing the corridor, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. Also the feeling in the cellar was very odd and felt as if there was something more there.
A Ghostly Atmosphere
Burton Court is an amazing and very interesting place which has certainly captured me a little. It’s a location I will have to return to one day for another more detailed and in-depth investigation I think. It’s for its weird atmospheres and an investigators hunch that makes Burton Court one of My Top Ten Most Haunted Locations in the UK.
Find the original visit to Burton Court with Phil Whyman’s Dead Haunted Nights here..
Also, if you’ve ever visited or investigated Burton Court, then I would like to hear about it too? Have you ever experienced similar activity as I did with my team?
Have You Ever Been To One Of My Top Ten Most Haunted Locations In The UK? Would love to hear your comments below.
I will be posting the ghost stories, and how our investigations went in future articles on this site. So, make sure you follow me on Twitter, or like my Facebook Page to hear the latest. Better still, so you don’t miss out on any spooky haunting stories, you can sign up for me free newsletter here:
I’m always on the lookout for new locations, if you have one that you feel may make it on to next year’s list of my favourite most haunted locations in the UK, please let me know.
Also, if you run paranormal events I am interested in checking out the experience and event that you deliver to your customers. Invite me along and perhaps your event will make my top five paranormal events for 2016.