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Warwick Old Priory - Warwickshire Ghost Hunt 

Start the evening at Warwick Old Priory. This location now houses the Warwick record office; We will be investigating some of the former Mansion’s parts. This Old mansion dates back to the 16th Century; the factors that still stand today certainly have a strange, uneasy feeling. Standing on the site and grounds, the remains can still be seen in the former Priory of Saint Sepulchre. This location is linked via a secret network of underground tunnels leading to Guys Cliffe, St Johns House, The old shire hall. Following the investigation at the former monastery, we will show you on foot through the town of Warwick, stopping at different places to St. Johns House to start the 2nd part of our investigation. (PLEASE NOTE THOSE THAT DO NOT WANT TO WALK CAN TAKE FROM CAR FROM THE OLD PRIORY TO ST JOHN'S)

Upon the visit to the former monastery, there is now very little remaining except for the outer walls, which are now ruined; the former house has two extended parts, where the 20 guests will join us. The Cellar has a great dark feel; the feeling of small children playing and hiding within here was very predominant. We believe that the sense of needing to go to the lower level may have been connected to the former convent. On the ground floor wings, you can certainly feel the presence of a religious male; we think that chanting may well have been heard from visitors who have visited the grounds here. The upper floors of the former house feel extremely busy, from nannies to the sewist. Fr Warwick’sick old monastery will walk to St John Mansion's following location. We were stopping off at significant points, including the old shire hall. St. Johns House is known for its activity, from doors opening by unforeseen hands in the attic to loud bangs and the sound of furniture being dragged from above empty locked off rooms. This is an intense investigation. Join us we head over to Warwickshire.

History Of Warwick Priory 

For nearly 900 years, a succession of buildings has stood on the low sandstone hill to the north of Warwick, a site now occupied by the County Record Office. The Priory of Saint Sepulchre was founded here by Henry de Newburgh, the first Earl of Warwick, between 1114 and 1119. It belonged to the order of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre, who had the special duty of caring for pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the fall of Jerusalem in 1188, the house became indistinguishable from an ordinary Augustinian priory. The house was surrendered to the crown in 1536 by the then prior, Robert Radford, and three canons.

In 1546 the Priory was granted to Thomas Hawkins (alias Fisher), a servant of John Dudley. Dudley was the father-in-law of Lady Jane Grey and was created Earl of Warwick in 1547. Fisher pulled down the old buildings and, on the site, built a mansion, finished in about 1566, which, according to Dugdale, he called “Hawkyns Nest”. After Fisher’s son had wasted his inheritance, he sold it to John Puckering in 1581. Puckering was a lawyer, who became the Speaker of the House of Commons, and was made Keeper of the Great Seal in 1592 and knighted. The house was remodelled, probably by Sir John or his widow between 1581 and 1611. The west front made uniform, with the row of six greroofses headed gables rising above the parapet, familiar from photographs. Henry Wise later acquired Henry Wise, Royal Gardener The estate, royal gardener to King George I, Queen Anne and King William III. He purchased the property in 1709, along with Woodloes, Upper Woodcote and Lillington's manors for £10,553 10s. His son added a huge square wing facing the terrace in about 1745. The Wise family retained ownership of the Priory until 1851, when Henry Christopher Wise, great, great-grandson of the royal gardener, sold the house and gardens to the Oxford Junction Railway Company. The now very large mansion passed through various hands and restorations until it was bought by A.W. Weddell at a demolition sale in 1925. The Priory estate was acquired by Warwickshire County Council in 1940, but plans for its development had to be postponed because of the war. In 1953 Priory Park (which had been sold to Warwick Borough Council in 1951) was opened to the public. In 1972, excavations in advance of building the new County Record Office revealed that the 12th century religious house had been built over three earlier limekilns. Traces of the monastery included burials, presumably under the church’s floor, and the outline of a small room with the base of a central column. Most of the foundations were, however, obliterated by the cellars of the Tudor mansion and its later additions.


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