The Feather’s ghosts
One woman had an unusual experience in Room 211, when a “spirit” dragged out of her bed by her hair. Eventually she got back into bed and fell asleep, only to be awoken as she was drenched in water. Only she was wet, not the bed. Apparently her partner had a rather peaceful sleep feeling the sensation of his cheek being stroked.
In Room 232 both staff and guests have witnessed the apparition of a Victorian man has been walking his dog. They cross the room, pass into Room 233, then vanish.
There is a long well known preacher spirit from the King James I period who searches for someone by the name of Richard in the writing room. As The Feathers was a private house at the time, it is likely that the preacher was murdered in secret, as there are no reports of murder in local records at this time. But in the 17th Century there was no toleration in matters of religion, by law everybody was supposed to belong to the Church of England. Puritans however, had their own preachers called lecturers who were independent of the Church of England. In 1611 the new Authorised King James Bible had just come out:
THE HOLY BIBLE,
Conteyning the Old Te?tament,
AND THE NEW:
Newly Tran?lated out of the Originall tongues: & with the former Tran?lations diligently compared and reui?ed, by his Maiesties speciall Comandement.
Appointed to be read in Churches.
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings mo?t Excellent Maiestie.
ANNO DOM. 1611
During the 17th century belief in witchcraft and magic also declined. The last person to be executed for witchcraft in England met her death in 1685. However, in the year 1612, at Lancaster gaol, in the English county of Lancashire, ten men and women were hanged for the crime of witchcraft.
The Pendle Witches, as they became known, were believed to have been responsible for the murder by witchcraft of seventeen people in and around the Forest of Pendle.
This was still a time of good verses evil.