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Penfound Manor

Location of the haunted place: nr Poundstock, Cornwall

Origin of the haunting: 17th Century

Background of the haunted place: The manor was originally a Saxon dwelling given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother, Robert, Count of Mortain. The Penfound family, who took their name from the manor, moved in during the 12th century. Kate Penfound's ghost tells the story.

Ghost story: The Civil War ruined everything. It turned neighbours, friends and family against each other. My father was a Royalist and hated Parliamentarians. My love was John Trebarfoot, his family were staunch Parliamentarians. My father would never agree to our marriage. Only fifty years before another female member of this family married a Trebarfoot and there was no problem. The Civil War changed that.

My love and I decided to elope. I climbed down a ladder to the courtyard where John was waiting. Before we could escape, my father caught us. We fought, John was killed and I was badly injured, as was my father. I died later from the wounds inflicted by my own father. He also died. I return to this house looking for my lost love. On the 26th April, the anniversary of this sad event, you may see all three of us.

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