Bramshill, Hampshire, England

Bramshill House

Bramshill House

Bramshill House is one of the places reputed to be the original site of the Mistletoe Bough (see Marwell Hall, Hampshire). In this famous legend the bride, at a wedding celebration or a Christmas party depending on the version you subscribe to, hides in the chest, which cannot be opened from the inside during a game of hide-and-seek. She was not discovered until too late, having died from asphyxiation. Previous owners reported that the ‘Flower-de-Luce’ Room was haunted by a girl in a bridal dress. The mistletoe-bough chest in question is displayed in the Bramshill’s reception hall, and the apparition has been reported there also.


Other apparitions are said to include a Grey Lady, a ‘Green Man’, a ‘young man’s ghost... in tennis gear and carrying a racket’ believed to be the son of the last Lord Brocket; an old man with a long beard; a woman from the days of Queen Anne; a ghost in a tight bodice and a full skirt; an invisible presence of a child’s small hand touches visitors; ghostly forms that float two feet above the floor level; a gardener who drowned in a lake in the north-west side has been witnessed; dogs smell or sense something in the gardens; the figure of a man in a ‘grey flannel suit on the path outside, walking towards the mansion’; and a ‘mysterious woman in white’ has been seen on the terrace.


According to a number of sources there are other stories of odd occurrences in the house. Little wonder that Bramshill is known as the ‘most haunted house in Hampshire’.


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


Visitor Information

Bramshill is a civil parish in the English county of Hampshire, England.

Its name has become synonymous with the Police Staff College, Bramshill located in Bramshill House. Bramshill forms part of the district of Hart. It is bordered by the Rivers Whitewater, Blackwater and Hart and by the villages of Farley Hill, Eversley, Hazeley, Heckfield, Riseley and Swallowfield.

Pictured left is a view of Bramshill House courtesy of Andrew Smith. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.