The Woolly Tellers told no likely stories at The Haunted Cellar
So, where is this haunted cellar?
Wollaton Hall & Deer Park is without a doubt my favourite place to visit in Nottingham. It’s where some of my fondest childhood memories have been made and where I still love to frequent with my family throughout the year. I’ve often walked through the beautiful rooms inside the Elizabethan Hall, home to Nottingham’s Natural History Museum, and wondered what it must be like after dark. Despite visiting a vast amount of times, I had only ever been during daylight and when I’d driven past late in the evening I’d sometimes look up to Hall, majestically glowing over the grounds, and feel a chill as I half expected to see the White Lady – who is believed to appear in the dead of the night.
I’m easily spooked, so when I was invited along to The Haunted Cellar by The Woolly Tellers, I was a little bit apprehensive. My inquisitive nature got the better of me though as it was Wollaton Hall’s haunted cellar.
Spine chilling facts, or fairy tale?
It was a chilly and misty evening and so it felt particularly eerie driving through the gates of Wollaton. Apart from the Hall standing aglow and my headlights revealing the antlers of the imposing stag sat among the parkland, it was pitch black.
Story telling in the haunted cellar
As we approached the Hall we were greeted and directed down some steps. These lead to an old Tudor kitchen where the other guests were gathered, and after a short wait we all headed into The Haunted Cellar via a small passage.
This was an old beer cellar – the slabs on the floor date back to the late 16th Century – part of the original Hall and one of the most historic parts of the house. The cellar was dark, lit only by candlelight, yet there was a homely feel as we all gathered around the cosy mock fireplace.
As our story telling evening was introduced, we were reminded that Wollaton Hall is one of the most haunted houses in the East Midlands, home to lots of ghosts yet many with stories untold.
And so it began…
We learned how the cellar was once used as the groom’s quarter where the staff there spent many a day playing cards to pass the time. They were the elite of the Hall’s servants, usually hired for their good looks and personalities; they were well looked after, not overstretched and were the envy of the other serving staff.
Steven, one of the staff, didn’t enjoy the glory of his title for long unfortunately and we were gripped as The Woolley Tellers narrated the ghastly story of how his life was taken way too soon. We found out too about the tragic ending of his guilt ridden colleague Roy, who ended his own life in the very cellar where we sat. I’ll leave that one there so as not to spoil the story, or any more that were told, but our evening continued with haunting discoveries and enthralling tales of Wollaton’s ghostly appearances.
To cut a long story short
The Woolly Tellers consist of Dave and Mick who between them told intriguing, ghostly yet often heart-warming stories of Wollaton past with such conviction that we were hooked. Snacks and a glass of wine (or juice) were served during a short interval where Dave and Mick both took the time to chat among the guests.
Did the Woolly Tellers pull the wool over my eyes? Who knows?! I’ll let you be the judge of that.
The Haunted Cellar is just one of a number of story-telling events and locations by The Woolly Tellers, find out more here.