Appuldurcombe House (also referred to as Appledorecombe or Appledore Combe), was once known as the "grandest house on the Isle of Wight", but is a literal shell. This 18th-century baroque country house once belonged to the Worsley family. It is now managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.
Appuldurcombe began as a priory in 1100. It then became a convent, followed by the Elizabethan home of the Leigh family. The large Tudor mansion was bequeathed to Sir Robert Worsley, 3rd Baronet, in 1690. He began planning its eventual replacement. It was used as a home, an hotel, a school and even as a billet for troops in both World Wars.
The house is reputed to be most haunted on the Isle of Wight. Accounts state that it is the haunt of the "Mad Monk"; a dark, shadowy figure; an "old-fashioed horse-drawn chaise" that travels along the driveway to the house; a horrible smell; and the sounds of a baby crying. Gay Baldwin, the renowned author on ghosts of the Isle of Wight, devotes an entire chapter to the house (see below).
Pictured left is Appuldurcombe House courtesy of Cpsterling.
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For further information, please read Haunted Heritage by John Mason and Isle of Wight Ghosts: Book Four by Gay Baldwin.