I write this little story for Sigrun who left comments in my last posting about the Cotswolds. She has visited the lovely village of Minster Lovell and I was wondering if she had heard tell of its ghost.
The scene is set way back in history when Francis, Viscount Lovell, supported Richard III against King Henry VII. There was a feirce battle fought, known in the history books as the Battle of Bosworth Fields. Richard III was killed and, being pursued by King Henry’s men, Lovell fled to his Manor House in Minster Lovell.
There he hid in a secret chamber. The only other person to know of his whereabouts was Lovell’s trusted servant. Having been given the key to this secret place, the servant continued to serve his Lord in secrecy and each day took him food and drink.
However, the old servant suddenly died and yes, you’ve guessed it! Lovell’s hiding place became a tomb and he was left to starve to death.
Generations later, whilst structural alterations were being carried out at the Manor House, workmen opened up a large underground vault, in which they found a skeleton seated at a table with the disintegrated remains of a book and writing tools.
It is said. That the mornful cries of Lord Lovell can be heard amidst the ruins of the Manor to this day.
Hmmm! Spooky! I wonder how they discovered all these facts. Still, we all love a good story don’t we.
Reflection Through The Seasons
I live in a small Welsh village which is situated in the southern tip of the Snowdonia National Park. Its an area of true outstanding natural beauty. We have the Cambrian mountains to the east of us and the coast of Cardigan Bay out to the west. My husband and I moved to Wales from The Cotswolds in England 19 years ago. We bought the old village Police Station, which we have worked tirelessly renovating ever since. You could say its a real labour of love. I have retired after working many years in the travel business, this now leaves me free to pursue the many things in life that I enjoy.