Haunted Shrewsbury : Condover Castle

Condover Hall is an elegant Grade I listed three story Elizabethan sandstone building, described as the grandest manor house in Shropshire, standing in a conservation area on the outskirts of Condover village, Shropshire, England, four miles south of the county town of Shrewsbury.

A Royal manor in Anglo Saxon times, until the 16th century Condover Manor was in and out of Crown Tenure until, in 1586, Elizabeth I made a grant of the current Manor to Thomas Owen, a Member of Parliament and Recorder of Shrewsbury.

Between August 1942 and June 1945 the hall was commandeered by the War Office and pressed into service as the officers’ mess for nearby RAF Condover.

For the forty years since 1960 the Hall had been run as a residential school, initially for blind children when owned by the RNIB and latterly under private ownership as a school for autistic children, covering boy boarders and coeducational day pupils. The school and college both closed during 2009.

As of April 2010, the site is still on the property market.

Hauntings

“Before heaven I am innocent, though my master’s son swears me guilty. And as I perish an innocent man, may those who follow my murdered lord be cursed.”

These words were spoken by the butler of Condover Hall near Shrewsbury as he met his unjust end. Condemned to death by the testimony of Lord Knyvetts son who had secretly stabbed his father to death and then blamed it on the butler.

Stumbling down the stairs of the basement, Knyvett reached out his bloodied hand leaving an imprint upon the wall that defied any attempts to wash it away. No matter how hard the work, it would simply reappear. Later the hand-print had to finally be chipped out of the brick.

More recently, the sound of footsteps and doors closing have been at night, and a couple dressed in Victorian clothing spotted.

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