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The problem with most ghost stories is that the spirits usually appear to just one person at a time. So it is always refreshing to hear about something that was seen by many people at once.

This is what happened when a group of carol singers went to the Elizabethan manor called Over Court in 1937. On their way back through the entrance arch, the group of carol singers saw a bright white figure floating above the ground and radiating a bluish glow. It was in full view for about half a minute and so the group could make out its tall pointed head-dress before the figure moved away in a zig-zag manner before disappearing.

Who was this mystery figure? Well, it was supposedly the wife of an owner of Over Court who had had an affair with a local man. Upon finding out about her infidelity the husband shot her, but she was able to scramble away from the house and eventually drowned in the fishpond, and it's from there that she rises on the anniversary of her death, shortly before Christmas. An alternative story says that she committed suicide in the pond.

Over Court was built around 1580 for John Dowel of Bristol in Almondsbury, north of Bristol, and after a devastating fire in 1977, it was demolished in 1980. All that remains are the listed archway, the old coach house and stables, which have now been converted into mews houses.

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  • 15th November 2019 at 11:41 am

    I heard the story of the White Lady back in the late 50s'. In my childhood I lived at Patchway not far from Over Court. We visited the large pond to the south of the house to fish, were often chased of by the old couple that lived there. We knew about the ghost even in 1960 and even ventured to look through a window for it. It was dark and tatty inside the room, an old man was sat in a chair and shouted at us to clear off. Another time we crept round the garden by the clock tower. Father said the Americans were billeted there during the war and had heard they wreaked the place. They stripped wood panels for the fire and uses statues round the pond for target practice. You could see plinths where statues once rested. He believed the family name was Lepingcote (?) and moved out to a cottage up on the hill while the Americans were there. By mid 60's the cottage was a ruin. We never saw the ghost but had fun looking but we were sure she exists. . .

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