Haunted Devon presents - Old Forde House
Date Saturday 24th March 2018
Location - Newton Abbott -
£35 Per Person -
Bone chilling paranormal activity that will test even the most harden ghost hunter, heavy phantom footsteps, disembodied whispering, being touched by unseen hands, and reported poltergeist activity, this is one place you need to investigate.
Forde House, now also known as Old Forde House, is a Grade I listed Jacobean former manor house in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. It was built in c. 1610 and is noted for its fine 17th-century wood-carving and plasterwork. Once the manor house of the parish of Wolborough, it is now absorbed into a suburb of Newton Abbot. Used by King Charles I, and used by Oliver Cromwell and Colonel Fairfax as a shelter. One thing you can’t bring to this location is animals!! One of the most harrowing reported activities was when a pet dog was thrown across the room.
A young girl dressed in a red cloak often makes an appearance! It is rumoured that several children have died here, and this was subject to a curse that the house was built on monastic land, however other reports suggest it was from polluted water from the lake.
Forde House (now known as Old Forde House) is situated in the southeast corner of the town. The present house was built in 1610 by Richard Reynell (who later became Sir Richard Reynell) and his wife Lucy. The house was built with an E-shaped floor plan, which is thought to be in honour of Queen Elizabeth I, who had recently died. The grounds were originally quite extensive, and included the whole of what is called Decoy (so named, because wildfowl were decoyed there to extend the house's larder), as well as a deer park.
In 1625 King Charles I stayed at the house overnight on his way to inspect the fleet at Plymouth. He returned a few days later and stayed for a further two nights.
Forde House gave shelter to Oliver Cromwell and Colonel Fairfax while on their way to besiege Royalist Dartmouth in 1646.
In 1648 the estate passed onto the Courtenay family via the marriage of Margaret (the only daughter of Jane Reynell and Sir William Waller) to Sir William Courtenay, who was the lord of nearby Powderham Castle.
William of Orange stayed at the house in 1688 on the way to his coronation in London, having landed in Brixham a few days earlier. The house remained the main residence of a succession of Courtenays until 1762 when the house was let to a succession of occupiers.
The Courtenay family sold the house in 1936 to Mr Stephen Simpson, who sold it two years later to Mrs M Sellick. Teignbridge District Council bought the house in 1978 and remain the current owners. It has been refurbished by the Council and is now used as office and conference space as well as being used for weddings and other events.