The site of Guys Cliffe House, in Warwick has been inhabited since Saxon times. There is a local legend that Guy of Warwick retired to a hermitage here. The legend was the reason for a Chantry being established on the site as early as 1423.
The present Gothic mansion on this site was begun in 1751 by Samuel Greatheed, a West India merchant who served as the Member of Parliament for Coventry from 1747 to 1761.
The Chapel of St Mary Magdelene has a long association with the Freemasons dating back at least 60 years, and is still used for Masonic ceremonies today. The house forms part of a wider estate which includes stables, a mill, and land that reaches as far as Blacklow Hill.
During the First World War the building was put to use as a hospital, and in the Second World War it became home to evacuees fleeing the bombing of London. Shortly after the war the estate was broken up and sold. Most parts of the estate found other uses in the commercial world, but plans for the house to become a hotel eventually failed and it became a ruin. A fire in 1992 seriously damaged what remained of the building. Today the ruin is listed by English Heritage.
There have been many accounts of ghostly activity at Guy’s Cliffe House. The Masonic Temple on the site is known to be particularly active but there are many other areas that merit detailed investigation. There are caves, cellars, and of course, the house ruins themselves.
Previous vigils have seen dark shapes wandering around, and spectacular poltergeist activity has been recorded in the wine cellars in the past. There have also been instances of objects being moved, and on occasions the experience here has been so intense that individuals have been quite terrified. Lights have been seen that cannot be explained by rational means, and the atmosphere at Guys Cliffe House is very dramatic.
Above the Chapel heavy footsteps are regularly heard, as is the unexplained sound of something heavy being dragged. The whole location has a very negative energy, and visitors often report sudden, extreme nausea while visiting Guy Cliffe House.