Cheltenham is a town that not only attracts many visitors who come to see the fantastic festivals such as the literature and science festivals, enjoy the racing at Prestbury park, and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Cotswolds, but many people also fall in love with the place and move here permanently. If this sounds like you, then a good place to start is a local estate agent such as this letting agents Cheltenham based www.meandyouestateagents.co.uk who know the area well and can answer questions that you have.
As well as the beautiful surroundings and great entertainment, Cheltenham also has a lot of history, and in fact it is also home to some more spooky residents too! Prestbury is one of the most haunted villages in the UK, probably only beaten by Pluckley Village in Kent which holds the crown for most haunted village and has a lot of ghosts and ghouls packed into its tiny area – if you are on the lookout for a ghost, this is the place to come! Here are just a few of the ghosts that are said to live in the pretty village of Prestbury…
The Horseman of the Burgage – As Prestbury was a big part of the English Civil War between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers it is little wonder that one of the most famous spooks that haunt it is thought to be that of a civil war soldier. The Burgage is one of the main streets in the village and at night many people have reported to have heard the sound of hooves riding down the street. It is thought this is the ghost of a Cavalier soldier who was caught on the street and executed by the Roundheads.
The Plough Inn – An old pub in Prestbury that has a lot of ghostly residents and strange goings on. From an old man wearing a tweed jacket who is described as kindly, he appears sitting in a corner of the room, before vanishing, to hooves of horses running through the building itself. It is also reported that animals do not like to enter the pub, perhaps sensing the large number of ghostly goings on within!
The Headless Horseman of Mill Street – Another ghost of the civil war, this is a much more sinister phantom in appearance. He is believed to have been a messenger, riding for the king and was caught riding down the street by a wire put across the street itself, which was a commonly used trap in those days. He was knocked off his horse and beheaded by the Roundhead soldiers but still appears riding down the street where he was caught and has been spotted by both locals and visitors. He is said to have no head, but is on horseback galloping very quickly down the road before vanishing abruptly.