Dark spirits and ghosts from its ecclesiastical past haunt the Mercure Madeley Court Hotel in Telford, Shropshire, says RICK HALE
Mercure Madeley Court Hotel
Castlefields Way, Madeley
Telford TF7 5DW
The city of Telford, Shropshire, is a relatively new town having been incorporated in 1963.
Nevertheless, the town itself sits on a much older village, with buildings dating back several centuries. Some of these inhabited by the ghosts of their past.
The Mercure Madeley Court Hotel is a Grade II listed 16th century country house with roots in the mediaeval era. And the ghosts to go along with it.
History Of The Mercure Madeley Court Hotel
Following the dissolution of the monasteries, the manor of Madeley, a former Wenlock priory, was purchased by Sir Robert Brooke.
When Brooke built his home, he built it over a monastic Grange dating back to the 13th century.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the house passed through the hands of several owners.
By 1880, the house began to fall into disrepair and was once described as a ‘scene of utter desolation.’
In 1973, the Telford Development Corporation began an extensive restoration on the grand old house to restore it to its former glory.
Finally in 2014, after years of improvements and modernisation, the building was turned into a hotel and opened its doors as the Mercure Madeley Court Hotel.
Haunting Of The Mercure Madeley Court Hotel
During the years when the house sat empty and crumbling, the locals avoided the house for a much different reason.
It was widely believed Madeley manor was inhabited by dark entities. And if anyone visited the spirits made it abundantly clear, visitors were not welcome.
Although the house is now a trendy hotel, that has not changed the fact that ghosts still stalk the halls and corridors of the hotel.
The Ghostly Monk
A frequently reported ghost sighted at the hotel is a silent phantom monk.
This ghost is believed to be a monk who resided at the house when it was a monastic Grange.
Eyewitnesses have curiously watched as the monk suddenly manifests out of thin air and slowly makes his way across the grounds.
The monk’s features are obscured by the hood of his robes. Any attempt to communicate with him leaves the unsuspecting person speechless as he abruptly vanishes into thin air.
The Top Floor
The top floor of the hotel is considered to be the most haunted part of the hotel.
A small group of spectral maids, dressed in Victorian era clothing, have been spotted going about their daily chores.
The maids appear to be aware when someone is watching them and will pause and slowly fade away.
Room 11 is Spook Central
Hotel staff have affectionately referred to Room 11 as “Spook Central.” And the dubious reputation of this room is well earned.
Several guests have reported being awakened in the middle of the night by something heavy sitting on their bed.
When they open their eyes, the guest is horrified to see the half formed apparition of a man sitting on their bed.
They then watch as the bizarre vision gets up and vanishes before their eyes.
The Old Mill
Poltergeist activity and a sinister laugh has been experienced in the Old Mill, where the hotel holds private functions.
People have reported tables and chairs being moved by unseen hands accompanied by a feeling of dread.
The Mercure Madeley Court Hotel is a charming hotel known for its warmth and hospitality.
The hotel’s two restaurants, ‘The Priory’ and ‘Le Rendezvous’ offers a fine dining experience with the finest in British cuisine.
Out And About
The area the hotel is located in is close to several sightseeing options.
The historic town of Shrewsbury and Powys castle is located nearby, as well as the RAF Cosford Air Museum.
Staying at Mercure Madeley Court Hotel is taking a step back in time with ghosts thrown in for good measure.
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