Author Rick Hale explores the haunting of Brownsover Hall Hotel and the bizarre circumstances surrounding it.

Brownsover Hall Hotel
Brownsover Lane, Rugby
CV21 1HU, UK

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If ever there was an English hotel that looks like it should be haunted, Rugby’s Brownsover Hall Hotel would be it.

This picturesque masterpiece of Gothic architecture doesn’t just look the part of a haunted building, it very much is haunted.

And it is haunted by an unpleasant wraith with a nasty disposition known as, One-handed Boughton.

History Of Brownsover Hall Hotel

Brownsover Hall Hotel is a Grade II* listed building with a long and troubled history that makes it the perfect setting for a haunting.

The manor of Brownsover was constructed in 1471 by the Boughton family, later known as the Boughton Baronets.

In the 18th century, Sir Theodosius Boughton, was murdered by his brother in law in a fit of rage.

It’s believed this savage murder led to the haunting of Brownsover Hall, and the bizarre circumstances surrounding it.

The Exorcism of One-handed Boughton

Not long after the murder of Sir Theodosius, what was believed to be his spirit began to cause quite the disturbance in the house.

Staff of the manor reported hearing the unmistakable sounds of anguished moaning throughout the house.

They further reported what sounded like running footsteps accompanied by disembodied voices in the corridors of the large house.

However, it was the appearance of a one-handed apparition, believed to be Sir Theodosius back from the grave to wreak vengeance that prompted the family to take peculiar actions to rid the house of the troublesome ghost.

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A one-handed apparition is said to have created havoc in the Brownsover Hal Hotel in Rugby over the years.
A one-handed apparition is said to have created havoc in the Brownsover Hal Hotel in Rugby over the years.

Twelve clergymen from the Catholic and Protestant traditions were summoned to the house to rid it of the spirit that was becoming a nuisance.

The clergymen claimed they were able to persuade the spirit to enter a special bottle blessed by the bishop.

Believing they were successful in the strange venture, they took the bottle and discarded it in a nearby lake.

The family was finally rid of the spirit that plagued their house. Or so, they thought.

According to legend, fishermen discovered the bottle one day as they were fishing in the lake.

Curious as to what was in the bottle, the fishermen opened it and unwittingly unleashed the spirit of One-handed Boughton.

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One-handed Broughton haunts Brownsover Hall still…

Ever since that fateful day, Brownsover Hall Hotel has been haunted by the sinister presence of One-handed Boughton.

It would be simple to dismiss this strange story as nothing more than a tall tale invented to chill the bones of the listener.

Nevertheless, according to both staff and guests of the Gothic hotel, the spirit of One-handed Boughton is very much real.

And if there is any truth to the stories, he is just as unpleasant as he was well over a century ago.

The scowling apparition of a one handed man in 18th century garb has been encountered throughout the hotel.

This spirit seems to derive a great deal of delight in scaring those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Guests have reported hearing disembodied voices and a cold chill accompanied by the sounds of swiftly moving footsteps in the halls.

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Staff have reported the uncomfortable feeling of being watched by an unseen presence as they go about their daily duties. Resulting in several employees promptly quitting their job.

Brownsover Hall Hotel is conveniently located in Rugby, Warwickshire. The hotel has become a popular venue for weddings, formal parties and conferences.

The hotel offers large bedrooms, the Gilbert Scott restaurant and the Warwick bar. Your stay at this Gothic hotel is sure to be a memorable experience.

Especially if you should run into its resident ghost, old One-handed Boughton.

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If you’ve ever stayed at Brownsover Hall Hotel, or held a function there and you had a supernatural experience, please tell us about it in the comment section.

RICK HALE is Spooky Isles Deputy Editor (Mysterious Phenomenon). A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rick has had an interest in anomalous phenomena since having a positive encounter with an apparition at an early age. Rick is the author of The Geek's Guide To The Strange And Unusual: Poltergeists, Ghosts & Demons. And the newly released Behold! Shocking True Tales Of Terror... And Some Other Spooky Stuff, both can be found at Rick has been published by The Supernatural Magazine and Paranormal Underground Magazine. Rick also appeared in Ghost Tapes 2 and several episodes of Ghost Tapes The Series found in


  1. Having worked as a casual night porter there many years ago, there does certainly seem to be some kind of unexplained presence there although I personally never encountered it.
    They say that animals are more susceptible than humans, but back then we had a cat who was happy to sit behind reception all night. And often muntjac dear could be seen grazing on the lawn outside at dawn and with no fear.
    Imagine being the only person there during the dead of night during a thunderstorm.


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