Whitchurch, Shropshire, England

Bargates, Whitchurch

Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey is a former monastery and later a country house. The abbey was founded in the 1130's by Hugh Malbank, Baron of Nantwich. It initially flourished, but by 1275 was deeply in debt. From then until its dissolution in 1538, it was frequently in royal custody, and acquired a reputation for poor discipline and violent disputes. After the dissolution it was acquired by Sir George Cotton, who demolished the church and most of the buildings, and converted part of the abbey into a country house. It remained in the Cotton family until 1919, and is still in private ownership.


Acccording to Coxe, the house is haunted by the apparition of a little girl that was an omen of death for the Cotton family. Phantom monks have also been reported. However, the house is renowned in paranormal circles for the photograph taken in 1891. During the funeral for the second Viscount, Sybell Corbet, Lady Combermere's sister, took a photograph in the abbey's library that became famous as "Lord Combermere's Ghost Photo", said to show his ghost sitting in a chair.


Pictured left is Combermere Abbey courtesy of Espresso Addict.

Combermere Abbey,



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


Visitor Information

Whitchurch is a market town in Shropshire, England.

It lies 2 miles east of the Welsh border and 20 miles north of the county town of Shrewsbury.

Pictured left is Bargates, Whitchurch courtesy of Mike Harris. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.