Some of the most ghostly places in Surrey…

October 25th 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge

There are only a few days to go until Halloween so we thought we would check out the most haunted places in Surrey, and we were surprised at how many old sites are supposed to be haunted:
West Clandon, Surrey
The house, a Palladian mansion was built in the early 1730s.  The grounds were later designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and they haven’t changed since their creation in 1770. The house was built by the Venetian architect, Giacomo Leoni, for the 2nd Lord Onslow.
West Clandon was commissioned by the Onslow family, who were really excited about sharing their lives together in their new home.  However, sadly the wife died before the house was completed.
Since she died there have been sightings of a ghostly lady wearing a cream coloured satin dress who roams around the house and grounds, wielding a large hunting knife.
There is also supposed to be a male ghost with large amounts of facial hair who haunts the area, as well as a skinny woman in black.
If you would like to go and see if you can spot some ghostly goings on this Halloween, then the house is open to the public and is run by the National Trust.
Betchworth, Surrey
This castle, now a ruin, dates back to at least 1379.  The house was then re-modeled in the 18th Century.  However since then, it has become a ruin and is now fenced off because of its dangerous condition.
The castle and grounds are supposed to be haunted by a dog, which prowls the grounds in the night. The owner in the 19th Century was Lord Hope, and one night a convict escaped and Hope went in pursuit.  It was dark that night and Lord Hope killed his son by mistake with his sword. It is now said that Lord Hope still walks around the ruins full of regret. 
It is still possible to see the remains of the building, although they are fenced off.
Polesden Lacey, near Dorking is haunted by a ghostly, hooded figure in a brown cloak, she is often spotted near the bridge.
Boughton Hall is haunted by the ghost of an old man smoking a pipe, who walks about upstairs.
Brooklands is an old motor-racing circuit that is haunted by a ghostly racing driver in goggles and a helmet.
Albury – the ghost of a Saxon maiden is supposed to haunt The Silent Pool.