Haunted House

Located about 10km north-east of Dorchester, Athelhampton House is a Tudor manor reputedly haunted by an ape (!), a cooper and the Grey Lady.

It was built by Sir William Martyn in 1485 and surrounded by a 160 acres deer park. The most impressive features are the original 15th-century Great Hall and State Bedroom, and especially the formal, walled gardens.

The house stayed in the Martyn family until 1595, then successively changed hands until 1957, when it was acquired by Robert Victor Cooke. His grand-son, Patrick Cooke, and his wife have been overseeing the operation at Athelhampton since 1995.

Athelhampton’s most famous ghost is that of the Martyn family’s pet ape. When Nicholas Martyn died in 1595, the ape roamed the house searching for its new master only to find four surviving daughters. It is said that the animal can be heard scratching behind the panelling in the Great Chamber where it is trapped in a secret staircase.

The two other ghosts are that of a Civil War cooper tapping on barrels in the Wine Cellar, and that of the Grey Lady, which passes through the walls of the East Wing to the State and Yellow Bedrooms. :)

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  • A90Six
    A90Sixabout 6 years ago

    Nice job mate! Very dark and spooky! Watch out for that ape!
                                            *_:)_* Dadder.

  • Thank you Daddy!


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  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulabout 6 years ago


  • Thank you Vonne!


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  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago

    Milan, you have a talent like your Dads, wow you’ll be better than him when you are older!!! Well done great image and editing.

  • Thanks a lot!


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  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnabout 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, Milan – well done indeed!!! :-D

  • Thank you Colleen! It has been featured in two groups now!

    Glad you liked it!


    – Milan Hartney

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 6 years ago

    Superb edit and capture Milan and very well done on the two features! x

  • Thank you Pollette!


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  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful image and effects, great to learn the history of this beautiful old manor too;)

  • Thank you Shanina!


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  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardabout 6 years ago

    Wow Milan… this is fantastic… so eerie.

  • Thank you Pip! I thought it was eerie too!


    – Milan Hartney

  • David Bradbury
    David Bradburyabout 6 years ago

    woah – good image.

  • Thank you! I liked this one!


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  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandabout 6 years ago

    Milan… wow! I know you are a talented young man but this is simply amazing work!!

  • Gosh, thank you Avril!

    Milan :)

    – Milan Hartney

  • Douzy
    Douzyabout 6 years ago

    Great spooky mood indeed! Nice job with the textures! :)

  • Thank you!


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