Loftus Hall “Things that go bump in the night”

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Hello there I have not been blogging for a while,this blog was actually set up as part of a college project but I enjoyed doing it and I decided to check in today and start blogging again.So my blog today is about the famous haunted house in Wexford Ireland Loftus Hall.I always had a huge interest in the paranormal and things that go bump in the night since I was a child. When I heard about Loftus Hall and the story behind it I must say I was intrigued.I have not been lucky enough to visit this place yet but is definitely on my todo list and the photos that are shown are not my own I can not take any credit for them.

So what is the story that gives this house the title of “The most haunted house in Ireland ” Well legend has it that Loftus Hall which is located on the Hook peninsula in Co Wexford is haunted by the Devil and the ghost of a young woman.The Loftus family were away on business and Charles Tottenham and his family came to mind the mansion in 1766.Charles Tottenham, his wife and daughter, Anne, were all taking care of the mansion.

Charles came for a long stay in the house with his second wife, and his daughter Anne from his first marriage. During a storm, a ship unexpectedly arrived at the Hook peninsula, which was not far from the mansion. A young man was welcomed into the mansion. Anne and the young man became very close. One night, the family and mysterious man were in the Card room playing cards. In the game, each player received 3 cards apart from Anne who was only dealt 2 by the mystery man. A butler serving the Tottenham family at the table was just about to question the man when Anne bent down to pick another card from the floor which she must have dropped. It is said that when Anne bent over to pick up the card, she looked beneath the table to see that the mysterious man had a cloven foot.

It was then that Anne stood up and said to the man you have a cloven foot and the man went up through the roof, leaving behind a large hole in the ceiling.Soon Anne became mentally ill. It is believed that the family were ashamed of Anne and locked her away in her favourite room where she would be happy yet out of everyone’s view which was known as the Tapestry Room. She refused food and drink and sat with her knees under her chin looking out the Tapestry Room window across the sea to where Dunmore East is today waiting for her mysterious stranger to return until she died in the Tapestry Room in 1775. It is said that when she died, they could not straighten her body as her muscles had seized and she was buried in the same sitting position in which she had died.

A rumour states that the hole could never be properly repaired, and it is alleged that even to this day, there is still a certain part of the ceiling which is slightly different from the rest. Meanwhile it was believed that the stranger with the cloven hoof returned to the house and caused persistent poltergeist activity. A number of Protestant clergymen apparently tried and failed to put a stop to this. The family, who were themselves Protestants, eventually called on Father Thomas Broaders (a Catholic priest, who was also a tenant on the Loftus Hall estate) to exorcise the house.

The apparent success of Father Broaders’ exorcism did not end the ghostly visitations at Loftus Hall. The ghost of a young woman, presumed to be Anne Tottenham, was reported to have made frequent appearances in the Hall and has been reported to have been seen on the tour, opened in 2011.Interest in the ghost story has remained strong and many aspects of the story seem to have attached themselves to the house. Also mentioned in a documentary about the mansion many years later after the last owners had gone had said that there were reports from staff that had previously worked at the mansion, that they have seen Anne’s ghost walk down the stairs, and that horses can be heard around the building.

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So there you go I really need to go here and have a snoop around,as far as I know you only get to see 5/6 rooms and do not get to go upstairs apparently it is not safe enough as the house is in a state and a lot of work and money is needed to restore this amazing place to its former glory.The staircase in Loftus Hall is one of only three of that design in the world, one is at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean as the Grand Staircase in The Titanic and the other is in Vatican City.

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As far as I know there are a few different tours you can do during the day and at night which are meant to be  a lot of fun so hopefully I can manage to persuade my boyfriend to take on the 4 hour drive someday and get spooked.

 

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