We visited the Haunted house in Stonegate. We didn’t even know that this was there last time we went. I have to say that the house is indeed strange: full of atmosphere. The narrative starts in the first room and follows you though the house to the attics, to the depths of the cellar.
There are certainly some interesting stories told about the house. Some of this is acted out in the narrative. I think that this spoils the experience a little. The atmosphere itself is creepy enough, it doesn’t really need some of the ‘props’.
The scariest room of all to me is the Seance room . The biggest round table I have ever seen in my life, sits there, taking nearly all the room up. In the centre is a crystal ball. Dotted around are ouija boards! Needless to say, I did NOT have a go….
Here’s a strange thing. Before going into the haunted house, that morning I had gone into this fantastic Oxfam bookshop. I never knew there were such things! This one was great, full of interesting books at very good prices. A Paperback caught my eye and I was in two minds to buy it. I didn’t. I decided I would get it on the way back to the hotel. The book was ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’ by Lawrence Sterne, a book I had never read before. In the first room of the haunted house, the narrative told a brief history of the house and said that it used to be (amongst other things) a printers and that ‘Tristram Shandy’ had been published there….. Of course I rushed back and bought it then!
The haunted house is well worth a visit. I thought it was pretty scarey. Others have been and felt nothing. Apparently, the house was also a Spiritualist meeting place too…….