Bassa Villa – Haunted Bridgnorth

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A plaque in the 16th century Bassa Villa Restaurant (Formely Magpie House) at the bottom of Bridgnorth’s Cartway tells of a mother’s undying love for her two dead offspring, tragic victims of chance…and an innocent children’s game.

In the 1600’s the girl, Charlotte and boy, William were playing Hide and Seek and were inadvertently locked in the cellar of the Magpie House, which is close to the River Severn. Trapped, they had no means of escape when the river, high in flood, suddenly burst its banks, flooding the cellar and drowning the unfortunate children. The grief-stricken parents erected two marble images of the children, which can still be seen in the Terrace Gardens. But images of stone cannot replace flesh and blood, nor ease a grieving mother’s heart.

The Black Lady has been seen walking the house still, her soul tormented by the tragic loss. She cries, softly whimpering her sadness, or has been heard laughing gently in remembrance of happier times

excerpt from Bridgnorth Ghost Book by Mark Hartley & Julie Wareing

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6 Responses

  1. Muriel says:

    I stayed in the Bassa Villa once. Didn’t see anything but certainly heard unexplained sounds. Shit me pants

  2. P Pond says:

    One night when the gas pipes were being replaced along Riverside I awoke to find two children, a boy and girl standing at the side of the bed looking at me. Both had long hair the girl dressed in a long white dress and the boy in dark clothes.

  3. jacqui says:

    i stayed there a few years ago, we had the room at the top of the stairs on the left , facing the river, i took photos and when we had them developed there were hundreds of orbs coming out from the door, and we were unsettled all weekend

  4. jacqui says:

    but we loved the place and definateley stay there again

  5. John says:

    Great value qaint room in perfect location. Dozens of oldieworldie pubs within staggering distance, tried a pint in all of them and needless to say I did’nt see any ghosts.Just the odd spirit.

  6. Bluestringer says:

    This explains a lot. I was staying at the top of the house many years ago – it always had a bit of a chilling atmosphere but one night, must have been around 3am, the bed started shaking and moving about uncontrollably, waking me up. It stopped after about 30 seconds but was the most frightening experience I have ever had.

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