Chambercombe Manor is a Norman manor house that dates back to the 11th century. It was recorded in the Domesday Book.
The Manor was owned by the Champernon family until the 15th century, when it passed through various families until 1979 when it was donated to the Chambercombe Manor Trust.
It is now open to the public. The manor is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Great Britain.
The manor's most infamous ghost originated in a room known as the "Haunted Room".
It was discovered in 1865 when the then owner was making repairs to the roof. He noticed the outline of a window that did not have an interior room corresponding with it. Keen to discover more, he and his wife knocked through a wall and discovered a large four poster bed, and which was a skeleton. Legend has it the skeleton was the remains of Kate Oatway, who allegedly haunts the building to this day.
Other apparitions include two girls seen in the children's bedroom, and a lady sighted by the pond. Additional phenomena reported include cold spots.
Pictured above is Chambercombe Manor courtesy of David Seale.
Chambercombe Manor Trust,
North Devon, EX34 9RJ.
Chambercombe Manor appeared on the TV program, Most Haunted. It was the featured in Series 8 (2006).
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For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.