1931


8
YEARS

ROSEHALL

“Some of my earliest memories

are stories of … haunted Rosehall…”

“As a schoolboy I used to spend large parts of

my summer holidays with my grandparents…”

Walter and Minnie - Underwood’s grandparents.

“...who had farmed at Rose Hall Farm

at Sarratt in Hertfordshire…”

“Rosehall dates from the seventeenth century…”

“I remember…a nail-studded oak door leading into the kitchen…”

“…I remember too an upstairs bedroom that was reputed to be haunted…”

“It must have been one of the first ghost stories I ever heard…”

“The story… concerned a traveller

who one dark and stormy night…”

“...called at Rosehall…”

“...seeking shelter for the night…”

“...there had long been persistent stories of ghostly happenings at Rosehall…”

“Catherine Crow in her Night Side of Nature (1847) tells of a visitor to the farm…”

“...and his first-hand experience of this apparition

and the haunted house in Sarratt…”

“…it was not unusual for a stranger

to appear at the door asking

whether they might see…”

“…the ‘haunted room’…”

“…and at a very early age I was delegated…”

“…to lead the way…”

“...to the room in question…”

“...and then to relate the ghost story…”

No Common Task
pp.13; 20

Peter Underwood’s Guide to Ghosts & Haunted Places
p.4