Flitwick Manor Ghost
Haunted by a Number of Spirits including an Old Housekeeper



Flitwick Manor Ghost
Haunted by a Number of Spirits including an Old Housekeeper


Flitwick Manor is steeped in history and is said to be haunted by a number of spirits which include an Old Housekeeper.

When builders were working on Flitwick Manor and the Old Housekeeper's usual room they discovered a small concealed room hidden behind some paneling which seems to have been a servants' quarters, which possibly could have been the Old Housekeeper's original bedroom.

She is now making nocturnal appearances all over the Manor and is making herself known to the guests, one of whom reported seeing the Old Housekeeper sitting on the end of his bed.

A duty manager was also confronted by the ghost of the Old House Keeper in the upstairs corridor.


Flitwick, is a small town in Central Bedfordshire, England. The town is named after the nearby River Flit, which runs through Flitwick moor, a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Flitwick moor claims to be the first place in the world to bottle tonic water.

It also used to be the site of much peat extraction. It has 1 football team named Fitwick Eagles. Flitwick is famous for its Manor House, which is currently used as a hotel; it is said to be haunted.

The story begins 100 years ago in Flitwick Manor, just south of Bedford, the home of the Lyall family.

One of the scions of Lyall, mortally ill, was cared for in his last days by an old housekeeper, "a dumpy little lady with white hair".

The rest of the family decided that she was poisoning him, and dismissed the housekeeper. The patient subsequently died, and so closed a sad chapter in the history of the Lyalls.

Half a century later, in 1952, the family sold Flitwick Manor. It stayed in private hands until 1984 when Somerset Moore converted it to a restaurant. It was sold in 1990, and then put into receivership (now ended) in 1993.

Mazard Hotels, which has the management contract, put Sonia Banks in charge as general manager. All humdrum stuff.

However, the description that we quote of the housekeeper comes not from some dusty document dating from the 1890s, but from the lips of Mrs Banks, on the evidence of her own eyes.

 
Flitwick is famous for its Manor House, which is currently used as a hotel; it is said to be haunted by a ghost which was the housekeeper many years ago.

A secret room was discovered by builders within the house which may have been the original servants quarters. Theories suggest that any type of renovations done to a home may stir up paranormal activity.


 
Flitwick Manor

Strange But True


After the Old Housekeeper (whose proper name no-one knows) herself died, her wraith returned to Flitwick and took up residence again.

As we should expect of a senior housekeeper, this lady is usually a very well-behaved ghost. By and large she keeps herself to herself and doesn't wander much from the bedroom she has made her own.

Staff know her favourite chair, as she often leaves an impression on the cushion when she's been sitting there. "We don't make a secret of the fact we have a ghost - we call her our resident housekeeper" says Mrs Banks.

After years of sharing the house quite amicably with the Old Housekeeper, things have suddenly changed for the worse.

When builders were working on Flitwick Manor and the Old Housekeeper's usual room they found a small, concealed room hidden behind some panelling which seems to have been servants' quarters - possibly, suggests Mrs Banks, the Old Housekeeper's original bedroom?

Be that as it may, she is now making nocturnal appearances all over the hotel and is making herself known to the guests - one of whom reported seeing the Old Housekeeper sitting on the end of his bed.

A duty manager was also confronted by the ghost in the upstairs corridor. "I sent her a memo apologizing for the mess when the work started, but she hasn't replied," says Mrs Banks. But then, there's no telling with ghosts, is there?