Hinxworth, Hertfordshire, England

Hinxworth Place

Hinxworth Place

Hinxworth Place (pictured above) is a medieval manor house dating back to around 1390. It has long been reputedly haunted by the sounds of “thumps, screams, the sound of a baby crying, and of water coming from a pump”. The latter is only reported during stormy autumn evenings.


The story behind the disembodied sounds is the accidental killing of a young boy by his nursemaid. Having dressed himself in a white sheet as a "ghost" for a joke, the child's terrified nurse screamed and struck at him with a poker, and he fell down a flight of stairs, the commotion awakening the family's baby. Servants attempted in vain to revive the boy by putting his head under the pump.


There have also been sightings of phantom monks. These are seen sometimes in procession, but at other times as individuals. They disappear through a bricked up doorway.


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


Visitor Information

Hinxworth is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England.

It sits just off the Great North Road between Baldock and Biggleswade.

Pictured left is Hinxworth Place courtesy of Dylan Mills. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.