Sunday, 13 November 2011

THE GHOST OF GARROW

Andrew Buchan as Sir William and Lyndsey Marshal who plays close friend Lady Sarah Hill in the show
As viewers look forward to the return of TV drama Garrow’s Law tonight (UK), some believe the spirit of the barrister who inspired the series still lurks.

The magnificent 300-year-old former home of courageous Sir William Garrow is plagued by frequent ghostly apparitions and unexplained bumps in the night.

Now the strange happenings have led to speculation the house is haunted by the lawyer himself.

Sir William, who forged his reputation in the 18th century defending society’s underdogs at the Old Bailey, owned Georgian villa Pegwell Cottage for more than 50 years. Perched high on a cliff near Ramsgate, Kent, the property has now been owned for more than four decades by Mrs Alma Beaty. She revealed: “We definitely have a very active poltergeist and people have seen a ghost.

“Odd things happen all the time here. Items suddenly go flying off shelves and there are unexplained footsteps in the hallway. Doors open for no reason.

“I have no idea who the ghost is but to be honest it doesn’t bother me one little bit. It could be Sir William".

When Garrow died he gave his housekeeper of many years all his furniture and bed linen in his bed chamber in his will. She remained living in the house but died suddenly two months later.

Barrister Bryan Gibson says “I am used to it and can’t be bothered to call in an exorcist. I hear and see strange things every day.

I’d miss it if odd things stopped happening now. It may scare some people but it is a lovely house and I am happy here.”

Mr Gibson, who set up the Garrow Society, thinks the ghost may be the spirit of Sir William’s housekeeper.
Link: The Garrow Society
He said: “When Garrow died he gave his housekeeper of many years all his furniture and bed linen in his bed chamber in his will. She remained living in the house but died suddenly two months later.”

Mrs Beaty runs a caravan park on the cliff which she thinks is haunted too.

She said: “People leave in a great hurry complaining of noises and things flying.”

The television drama, starring Andrew Buchan as the lawyer, attracted five million viewers for its first two series. It is on BBC1
Source: Express Newspapers
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