|Front of the gate house!|
This is the Tale of Lady Howard of Fitzford House!
As the gates of Fitzford House creak open a fearsome sight appears of a massive black dog with red eyes he bounds out leading a terrible and frightful sight,A large horse drawn carriage made of bones follows behind him.Driven by a headless coachman whilst in side sits a ghostly white lady.The carriage makes it way 16 miles travels at speed to Okehampton Castle where it stops the hound then plucks a single blade of grass from the mound of the castle and the returns the way the way it came followed by the carriage back to Fitzford House.when they arrive back they lay the blade of grass on a stone and vanish into thin air
This is the nightly torment of Lady Jane Howard which will only end when all the blades of grass from Okehampton castle have been plucked and the mound is free from grass will she be able to finally rest in peace.
The injustice of the punishment is that Lady Howard is the wronged party as her father John Fitzford became a wealthy man at the age of 21 who committed murder on his door step one of which was his friend he then committed suicide at the age of 30 after becoming an immoral degenerate man,his fortune was left to his daughter Jane she was then sold by the then king James 1st to the Earl of Northumberland at the age of 12 and forced to marry his brother to gain her fortune who later died after catching a cold he was the first of 4 husbands all of who she out lived.Her last Husband gave her a son George who also died one month after the death of her son Lady Jane Howard died of a broken heart.
After her death the story became twisted that she was responsible for the deaths of all 4 husbands that she was an evil murderous woman and the legend was born of her punishment and her ghostly nightly journey for eternity till she has made amends for her evil ways!
|The back of the gate house as it stands today!|
|The Gate house before renovations!|
And as a relaxing treat here's a cute photo of me!