Ightham Mote is a beautiful fourteenth century manor
house, situated in Sevenoaks, Kent. Over the years it has been home to many
famous families and from 1591 it was the home of the Selby's.
member of the Selby family, Dorothy, is thought to be the ghost that is so
frequently seen around Ightham Mote. According to legend, she was walled up in
a room in the tower after she sent a letter to her cousin, Lord Moneagle,
which resulted in the downfall of Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot.
Supporters of Fawkes supposedly locked her in a room, bricked up the door and
left her there to die.
Since then, there has always been an unexplained
coldness in that area of the house. In 1872, workmen found a female skeleton
in a sealed room. Even after a Bishop performed an exorcism in the room where
she died, the strange chill is said to still remain.