20 Jan 2010
Search for spooks at Ludlow's historic Feathers Hotel
A GHOST hunt is being staged at one of Ludlow’s best known and most historic buildings.
The second annual ghost hunt will take place at The Feathers Hotel following a successful vigil last year in which it was reported that a strange barking dog noise was heard in the James I suite.
Visitors will start with mead and a meal before beginning their investigations, which will include a tour of the building in the early hours.
The Feathers Hotel was built in 1619 by Rees Jones, a successful Ludlow lawyer. During the Civil War in the 1640s, Ludlow stayed loyal to the king and Rees Jones’s son, who served with the King’s Army, came back to turn The Feathers into an inn. It became a hotel in 1963.
It is the motif of ostrich feathers in the timber building that give the hotel its name.
Over the years there have been a number of reports of ghostly goings on there.
Room 211 allegedly plays host to a rather jealous spirit who doesn’t take kindly to female guests. One visitor awoke to find herself being dragged out of bed by her hair.
Upon finally falling asleep again she woke to find herself drenched in water, while the bed around her remained dry. Her partner meanwhile slept soundly, experiencing just a pleasant gentle stroking sensation on his face.
The apparition of a gentleman dressed in Victorian clothing has been seen by guests and staff walking his dog through room 232 into room 233 before disappearing.
This year, the ghost hunt will be on Saturday, January 30.