Ratley, Warwickshire, England

A view of Ratley

Upton House

Upton House was built on the site of the hamlet of Upton, which was destroyed in about 1500 when the land was cleared for pasture. The estate passed through various hands until the early 16th century when it was bought by Sir William Danvers, whom with it remained until 1688 when Sir Rushout Cullen purchased the estate. He built the house around 1695. It is owned and cared for by the National Trust and is open to the public.


It is reputedly haunted by a "mysterious ghost". The invisible phantom is said to be responsible for numerous effects including stomping footsteps, slamming doors, the rattling of objects, the smell of tobacco smoke and a "horrible atmosphere" in the French Room.


Pictured left is Upton Hall courtesy of Martinevans123

Upton Hosue,

near Banbury,


OX15 6HT.


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For further information, please read Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.


Visitor Information

Ratley is a village in Warwickshire, England.

It is situated on the north-west side of the Edge Hill, where the first battle of the English Civil War was fought.

Pictured left is a view of Ratley courtesy of Cls14. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.