Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The tale of Lady Howard to get us in the mood for Halloweeen!

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!
                          This Gate house is all that remains of Fitzford House and grounds today.


And as a relaxing treat here's a cute photo of me!

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  1. Well, thank goodness for your picture, Speedy! Your Mum knows about a lot of scary stuff!

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    1. Its all local to our area Jane,but we always want a Speedy photo too,xx Rachel

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  2. That is a spooky cool story Speedy!!!

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  3. Thank you for an amazing story
    Benny & Lily

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  4. Whew. We're glad there's that cutey picture of you, Speedy! That story gave Mommy goosebumps.

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    1. hehehehe,this has been fun sharing these stories,xx Speedy

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  5. What a scary story Speedy! Reminds me of some show my mom likes to watch. There was a story about a British lady a long time ago who murdered her boss and then made her into lard. Pretty spooky and gross!

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    1. Eeek that is spooky and gross,xx Speedy

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  6. That was a very spooky story, Speedy!

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  7. Sounds spooky. Glad to see you after that story.
    Sue B

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  8. Phew, thank God for that photo of Speedy. It was getting a little dark up in here. ;)

    Jules of Canines & Couture

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  9. what a pawsome story and even that gate house is bigger than our house

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    1. Hehehe glad you like it Savannah,xx Speedy

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  10. OH me too! It was so helpful to see a happy, friendly face after the horror ....

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    1. hehehe oh RG you can't be scared can you?xx Speedy

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  11. Hurray for the picture of you!

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  12. Ooooooo......UNCLE CREEPY is your new name! teeheee....that was a wonderful ride through a mysterious looking castle, Sir Speedy! And you will always be a fabulous little rabbit friend across the pond. MORE MORE MORE creepy stories, please! Anita

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    1. Hehehe thanks Anita,we will do more,xx SPeedy

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  13. Thanks you for a spooky historical Halloween story. We can't wait to read more .............

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  14. ooohhh NICE Speedy. I love it! XOXO - Bacon

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    1. knew you would Bacon,its right up your street,xx Speedy

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  15. Wow, Speedy that's a super story! I'm sure the dog and the carriage have to pluck the grass for a long time. Thanks for a great spooky story!

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    1. Hehehe thanks Easy,they will have to do it for eternity,xx SPeedy

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  16. Fascinating spooky story, I hadn't heard that one before. The gatehouse is very impressive and Speedy is very cute.

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    1. its local to where we live,xx Speedy

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  17. You tried to make us scardy cats ... NOT HAPPENING ...paws away from eyes now

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    1. Never ,you guys scardy cats? nah not you three,xx Speedy

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  18. These really are beautiful pictures, Rachel. I hate to ask, but is Speedy being a bit cheeky with something white in this photo? Is he still feeling good? Getting well can be such an up and down road. What does Chris say about rubbing his head and the area where he is healing. Is that still okay? I can't believe you have a bunny who does flops and rolls in your bed. What a bunn, and well, of course, he is my nephew.

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    1. Oh Jane that's one of Speedy's chew paper for him to play with,as for the eye area he has been digging it a bit but I think he is molting a little on that side of his head so its a little itchy,but oherwise he is healed up,xx Rachel

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  19. Hehe Speedy, you are nibbling on paper. I can see it. Hope you are fine and can enjoy this scary stories!
    Greetings from Pia!

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    1. oh yes Pia hope you are too,xx Speedy

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  20. I have always wanted to take a tour of Haunted Europe and visit all the scary historical places like Dracula's castle and such.
    I love your points, Speedy. I am glad they are stark next to your white floof again.

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    1. hehe me too Brandi on that tour,Speedy's ears didn't go really lite this year just his front feet but they have started to get some colour now not much but just a hint,xx Rachel

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  21. We sure have some creepy haunted houses in the UK!

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