PATSY SORENTI uncovers the ghostly horrors that lurk in the seemingly quiet but very Haunted Feltham in Middlesex
One would not necessarily think of Feltham, Middlesex as being one of the most haunted places in the South East. It doesn’t exactly feature in any ghost guide and although it has a splendid history, to most people Feltham is most famous for its young offenders’ prison and its beer. This is far from the reality and the place has more ghosts, pound for pound, than any area of London; so, I thought I would introduce seven of Feltham’s most popular ghosts to enthusiastic aficionados of local hauntings. These tales have been verified and the ghosts frequently seen, heard or felt.
Highwaymen Ghosts in Feltham
Feltham village lies on the crossroads of Bedfont, Ashford and Sunbury. The ghosts of two men on horses have been seen, trotting along the road from Ashford to Feltham. They are dressed in three corner hats and frock coats, but the horses have no legs. These ghosts often appear and have haunted the area for many years. Attempts to lay the ghosts have been ineffectual and may be linked to two skeletons, which were found at the crossroads in 1932 with stakes through their ribcages.
Phantom Monks of Feltham Garrison
Feltham is well known for ecclesiastic links, but the ghosts of two monks who were seen emerging from the mess hall of Feltham garrison in 1997 had everyone puzzled. It was believed that prior to the Army buildings the area was one of farms and market gardens. Indeed, Blaze Farm nearby (now a car wash business) was once the home of Nell Gwynne. These monks were frequently seen, even though the former mess hall had become derelict by 2005. They would emerge from the building and glide over to what is now the industrial estate, fading away just before the wooded area beside the Longford River. A team of paranormal investigators managed to access the building and although the ghosts didn’t put in an appearance, enough evidence was gathered to confirm that the place was haunted. This consisted of doors banging, objects being thrown and sudden and inexplicable icy cold experienced. It was sufficient for the investigators to beat a hasty retreat. The phantom monks keep their lonely vigil by the river but nobody knows who they might be and why they make that walk.
The Haunted Manor of Feltham
The Manor of Feltham is so historic, it is mentioned in history books. Today, the former Manor House is situated between a Tesco supermarket and an evangelical church. The ghost here is of a phantom woman, seen running up the back stairs. This was often experienced when the house was used as a doctor’s surgery. It is now a charity for homeless people but the running woman has been seen by the new tenants and by local people.
Angry Ghost of Sparrow Farm
The Sparrow Farm council estate was built during the 1930’s and to ensure that residents had access to provisions, a range of shops were incorporated into the plans. Flats were built above the shops and one of them has the ghost of a very angry old man. Originally, the shop below was a fish and chip shop and Pat and her family who once lived there, was bullied and plagued by this ghost: he would appear and disappear when least expected and pools of water would appear on the floor. Newly washed clothes would be thrown on to the grass. One notable instance was when they were moving out – Pat’s daughter was shoved down the stairs and the front door banged shut. The ghost still haunts the flat and the shop downstairs, which is now a furniture restorer. It is believed that the ghost is a former tenant of the flat who thinks living people are trespassers.
Feltham Lodge Phantom
Once the home of the Whiteaway cider family and now a register office, this house stands adjacent to Lavender Court, an old peoples’ sheltered housing facility. One evening in 2011 a woman saw what she thought was ‘a lady dressed in Edwardian clothes’ passing through the dividing wall between the garden of Feltham Lodge and the newer flats. This ghost was dressed in wide-brimmed hat and old-fashioned clothes. It faded into the atmosphere some seconds later. This year, whilst looking at some old photos of Feltham Lodge she recognised a woman in one of the photos as that of the ghost she had seen in 2011. The lady was identified as being the former mistress of the house.
Phantom Motorcyclist of Feltham
The traffic light junction at Feltham Park is notorious for motor accidents, especially involving motor cycles. The ghost of a young man who was killed after jumping a red light whilst riding a motorbike in 1987 is still seen and most often heard, at this junction. It begins as a roar of a motorcycle engine heading from Hanworth and ending with a spine chilling crash at the junction, whereupon the sights and sounds of the crash fade. This ghost was last heard in July 2017.
The Ghost of the Rose and Crown
The old Rose and Crown pub in Feltham village was burned down by a jealous husband in the 1980s. It was thought that his wife was engaged in an affair with the landlord; it ended with the husband beating up the landlord, breaking his legs and then setting fire to the place. Afterwards, staff and customers were shocked to see the deceased man sitting at the bar or more often, behind it. Pools of water were often seen, and beer taps would be turned on during the night. The sound of toilets flushing when nobody was around being a regular occurrence. It might have been this that was responsible for the pub falling into decline and eventually closing. The building is still there and so is the ghost.