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Dick Whittington

This building was once a town house for the Whittington family who owned the Manor and Estates at Pauntley nr Newent. From 1311 to 1546 and in 1455 the house was occupied by Richard Whittington, Lord of Stounton who was probably the son of Robert of Puntley, the brother of the famous ‘Dick Whittington’, and we all know that story.

Dick Whittington Westgate St Gloucester

Dick Whittington Westgate St Gloucester

 In the early 17th Century John Taylor was a member of the Common Council in Gloucester. He was severely censored by his fellow councillors when in April 1604 he concealed the fact that one of his servants lay dead of the plague and another had boils under his arms while, at the same time, the Mayor and Alderman were being entertained in his house.

Taylor was immediately expelled from the council and ordered to pay £100 for the relief of those that had been infected as a result of his actions.

The front door was then boarded up but they never new Taylor had left another servant in the cellars to die alone of the plague and she was never found.

Some people have said that when they go into the ladies toilets which, is the site of the then cellars, they feel very weepy and frightened and do not stay in there for very long.

We did an investigation here and all had turns in going into the ladies toilets and staying there for as long as we could, needless to say it was not long, even for the bravest of us.

Also, three of us went in and stayed in there with just a torch light on, and one of our colleagues face completely distorted and looked really ill – was this the spirit of the poor girl who was left to die a horrible lonely death here?

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