The Bell Hotel Faringdon Oxford
Ghost hunt/Ghost walk
Feel the terror of Bell Hotel A 16th Centuary Inn, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.......
Friday 21st July 2017
Book early! Limited spaces available
Time : 10pm till 2am
Ticket : price £38
Deposit ; £20
Refreshments: Buffet/ Hot drinks
History & Ghosts
Faringdon is a market town in the Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.The churchyard is reportedly haunted by the headless apparition of naval officer Hampden Pye, He besieged his own father's hall, Faringdon House and his headless spirit has been seen lurking by the north wall of the nearby church.
According to local legend, Hampden Pye was decapitated in a battlefield explosion while fighting in the War of the Spanish Succession after being convinced to enlist by his mother who sought to separate him from a local girl she considered an unsuitable match. An alternate local legend states that Pye was an unfaithful husband who was decapitated by his wife with a gun. According to the story Hampden's step mother hated him and bribed the captain of his ship to have him accidentally decapitated by a cannon during an engagement.
After the alleged event his phantom haunted the captain, his step mother and the gunner who operated the cannon, until they where brought to justice. His body was interred in the churchyard. The ghost was reportedly exorcised shortly after Pye's death. The Church of England parish church of All Saints may date from the 12th century, and the clerestorey and possibly the west end of the nave survive from this period. A Norman doorway survives, although not in its original position, in the baptistery. The chancel and north transept are 13th century and the west chapel is 14th century. The north chapel is a late mediaeval Perpendicular Gothic addition with 15th century windows.In the church, you can still see one of the parliamentary cannon balls that attacked it. Faringdon House close to the edge of Faringdon was, for many generations, home of the Pyes, an interesting family who originated in Wales: the name comes from Ap Hugh meaning "Son of Hugh".
Their most famous family member was a very bad 18th century poet laureate who is referred to in the rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence as the Pye in which the 24 blackbirds were baked! The original house was damaged during the civil war. Its owner at the time, Sir Robert Pye, who was a Royalist, was put under siege by his own son Robert who was a Parliamentarian colonel. Building of the current, smaller, house began about 1780 and was not completed until after 1785.It was bought in 1787 by Sir William Hallett. It was the home of Lord Berners in the middle part of the 20th century. It currently belongs to the writer Sofka Zinovieff, the granddaughter of Berners' friend, Robert Heber-Percy, who inherited it in on Berners' death in 1950, though she does not live there
The Old Crown Inn, which dates back to the 16th century and was originally a coaching inn.....And yes, apparently it does have a ghost. It's a coachman who walks the old creaking stairs to room number eight, then hammers on the door...
The Bell Hotel, Faringdon. There is much history behind the Bell, which opened as a hospice in 1202 for pilgrims and monks. Cromwell ordered the execution of several soldiers outside this inn for mutiny during the English Civil War. There is some history that these executed soldiers haunt it still. A monk who died in the building when it was a hospice also haunts the Bell. It was in the early 1200s that King John granted land at Farringdon for a hospice to the Order of St Mary of Citaux. They cared for monks and pilgrims at this hospice and swore by the efficacy of the natural spring waters as a cure for the infirm. These monks produced three beers for the local inns. Locals knew one brew as Wilkin le Neket because of its weakness. In 1646, a dreadful fire took away most of the town and the Bell was obliged to have the frontage rebuilt.
Just east of the town is Folly Hill or Faringdon Hill, a Greensand outcrop,the Hill existed long before the Folly Tower was built, and because of it's position was the ideal location to look out for invading troops. In common with Badbury Hill to the west of the town, it has an ancient ditched defensive ring (hill fort). This was fortified by supporters of Matilda sometime during the Anarchy (1135–1141) – her campaign to claim the throne from King Stephen – but was soon razed to the ground by Stephen. Oliver Cromwell fortified it in his unsuccessful campaign to defeat the Royalist garrison at Faringdon House.
The Pye family had Scots pines planted around the summit, around the time that Faringdon House was rebuilt in the late 18th century. This is a conspicuous and recognisable landmark that can be seen from afar, including from the Vale of White Horse, White Horse Hill, the Berkshire Downs near Lockinge and the Cotswolds to the north.It has been a Grade II listed building since 1986 The Old Town Hall (formerly the Market Hall) in the Market Place dates from the late 17th or early 18th century and is a Grade II* listed building!!
What to expect on the evening...
You will be very much a part of the team on this event, taking part in some intense vigils, and being able to use the teams paranormal or ghost hunting equipment. The event will start promptly at the time specified on the events page, and we ask that all attendees be at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the event start time.
A tour of the event location will be undertaken before ALL the lights are turned off, there will be set refreshment breaks when drinks and snacks will be provided for you… if anyone has any special dietary requirements please telephone 0781 555 2495 to arrange suitable dietary alternatives.
Health and Safety
Please be aware that persons considered to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs with be refused admission and asked to leave the event with no refunds being given (please see Terms and Conditions).
A good pair of shoes and warm clothing are advised on our events as some venues/locations can be very cold