West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

The Hellfire Caves

The Church

According to Coxe, the church contains some interesting if bizarre items. This includes the heart of Paul Whitehead, which was bequeathed to Sir Francis Dashwood. The second item is the globe on top of the tower, in which the Hellfire Club was reputed to have played cards.

 

The ghost of Dashwood has been reported “riding hell for leather” towards the church.

 

For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe and Haunted Places of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire by Rupert Matthews.

West Wycombe House

West Wycombe House sits in the park of the same name and was home to the notorious Sir Francis Dashwood. The Music Room is the haunt of a lady believed to be the grandmother of the aforementioned Sir Francis.

 

The apparition of a monk has been seen on the ground floor, smiling at visitors to the house.

 

For further information, please read Haunted Places of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire by Rupert Matthews.

The Hellfire Caves

The caves have a number of phenomena associated with them. Firstly, the apparition of Paul Whitehouse haunts the caves and the hill above. It is said that he is searching for his heart, which of course is now interred at the Church mentioned above. Secondly, a considerable number of visitors have reported seeing a man “in alarmingly old-fashioned clothing wandering the passageways”, but when he is faces simply vanishes.

 

Finally, the caves are said to be haunted by a White Lady. This is believed to be a young woman named Sukie or Susan, and the story concerning her is a tragic one. She was employed as a maid at the local George and Dragon Hotel (see separate entry) during the late 18th century or early 19th century. It is said that she resisted three local young men, preferring the attentions of a man of “higher social standing”.

 

This infuriated the three men, who decided to play a cruel trick on the maid. One wrote a letter purported to be from her desired suitor, wishing her to meet him in the caves and wearing a bridal gown. This she duly did, but on her arrival at the caves she was greeted by the taunts and jeers of the coarse young men. There are a couple of versions as to what happened next. Some state that in temper, the belittled girl threw a stone at the boys, and one threw another back, which struck her on the head. Another states that she somehow slipped on the rocks and struck her head. Which ever is the correct version, she was carried back to the George and Dragon Inn, as it was then known, where she later died as a result of the injuries sustained.

 

Audible phenomena and cold spots have also been reported.

West Wycombe Caves Ltd.,

Church Lane,

West Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire, HP14 3AH.

 

For further information, please visit:

www.hellfirecaves.co.uk

 

For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe and Haunted Britain by Richard Jones.

The George and Dragon Hotel

The George and Dragon Hotel is haunted by the ghost of Suki or Susan from the account at the Hellfire Caves. Heavy footsteps have been heard descending the main staircase, and it is believed that these belong to a traveller who was murdered at the inn during the 18th century. His name and the circumstances behind his demise have long since been forgotten.

 

The White Lady that wanders the garden on a dark evening has had many explanations put forward as to her identity, but no-one is really certain of who it is. There are accounts of other female phantoms having been seen at various locations around the inn.

The George and Dragon Hotel,

High Street,

West Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire, HP14 3AB.

 

For further information, please visit:

www.georgeanddragonhotel.com

For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe; Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks and Haunted Places of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire by Rupert Matthews.

Location

Visitor Information

West Wycombe is a small village in Buckinghamshire, England.

It is situated along the A40 Road, 3 miles west of High Wycombe.

Pictured is the entrance to the Hellfire Caves.