Avenue House, also known as Stephens House, was built as a home in 1859. It is now home to small businesses as well as being a wedding and ghost hunt venue.
From 1919 to 1925, the RAF used the building as a military hospital. In World War II, the basement was used as an air raid shelter. It has also been used as a public library and council offices.
The land Avenue House sits on once belonged to the Knights Templar in the 1200s and the Knights Hospitallers in the 1300s.
The house was purchased by Henry Charles ‘Inky’ Stephens in 1874. Henry was heir to the Stephen’s Ink business which his father, also Henry Stephens, set up after his invention of the “blue-black writing fluid”. You can find a statue of ‘Inky’ Stephens on a bench in the grounds of the house.
The spirits said to haunt Avenue House seem to be of a melancholy nature. An angry main is said to reside in the Turret Room and is joined in the building by the spirit of a young boy who was locked in the cellar.
Screams, children’s laughter and whispered conversations are heard. Full bodied apparitions, shadows and strange lights are witnessed.
People report being touched and violently pushed by unseen hands.
A beautiful house seems to harbour a darker spiritual side. Would you brave the night in the foreboding attic?
YOUR HOSTS: Twilight Ghost Hunts
YOUR EVENT: Become a paranormal investigator this Halloween with our friendly and experienced team who will train you up with all of our equipment and techniques in a workshop, guide you through varied structured vigils throughout the location over the night and give you allocated time to explore and investigate the building and the grounds on your own and with friends, giving you the opportunity to hold your own vigils and experiments with our vast range of paranormal equipment!