In a timeless village of secrets, the spirits of its’ most haunted building await you. With over two thousand years of history and links with the Romans and Henry VIII, Telscombe is the ultimate Sussex haunting. Our ghost hunt takes place at formerly three, 300 year old flint and brick estate cottages, converted into one, standing in a quaint Sussex village in the folds of the South Downs.
Telscombe is not as old as time but it is a timeless village. We can trace the church of St Laurence back to about 966, while there is evidence that the village of Telscombe was either here or just a short distance away at Highdole Hill during the Roman period.
The earliest records of Telscombe tell us that it was given by King Edgar to the New Minster of Hyde at Winchester. It was to remain in the hands of the church until the dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. On Dissolution Telscombe was given to Thomas Cromwell possibly the highest ranking courtier in the country but on his fall from favour by losing his head, the Village reverted to the crown and remained in the hands of Queen Elizabeth I until the end of her reign. Telscombe was now independent and part of the lands of the Sir Richard Sackville, and remained in the Duke of Dorset’s hand until 1623, from which point in time the lordship of the manor passed through a number of hands in rapid succession.
With this amazing history there was no doubt that remanents would still wander the leafy, dark roads of this village.
Our Telscombe is said to be haunted, some say very haunted by ghosts and spirits of not only previous residents but also of the church next door. Indeed the path running outside of the cottages was originally a ‘corpseway’ believed in folklore to be where the dead walk at night.
Spirits or ghosts were said to fly along on a direct course close to the ground, so a straight line connecting two places was kept clear of fences, walls, and buildings to avoid obstructing the flitting spectres. The corpse roads or ways were left unploughed and it was considered very bad luck if for any reason a different route had to be taken.
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Address: Bank Cottages, Telscombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HZ