Ashwell Walks Podcast: Episode 3: Who’s afraid of the ghost?
Hello, and welcome to the Ashwell Walks podcast Episode 3. Who’s afraid of the ghost? My name is Sally Fletcher and I have written this Ashwell Walk all about the ghost stories of Ashwell.
Our walk begins, on Lucas Lane, the eastern section of the main road through the centre of Ashwell, and it will take about an hour to complete If you need to drive to the start, head for the junction between Lucas Lane and Station road, where the war memorial stands. You may park your car on Lucas Lane opposite the recreation ground. The walk begins at the end of the drive leading to Townsend house, number 24 Lucas Lane. The house cannot be seen from the road, but the cottage to the left of the driveway has a distinctive round window.
Pause this podcast until you are standing on Lucas Lane by the driveway leading to Townsend house, then re-start it.
With the driveway on your left walk along Lucas Lane towards the centre of the village. We will begin our journey with the tale of the phantom coach and horses. On dark wintry nights when the moon is almost full, there have been sightings of a Victorian coach and horses galloping along the road between Ashwell and Bygrave. You are now following the first part of that fateful coach’s journey.
On the night of Sunday, November 26th in 1871, Mr and Mrs John Westrope had been to a dinner party in Weston. They had travelled by coach hired from the Rose and Crown Inn in Baldock. Late in the evening they returned to their home, Prospect House, which is now Townsend House where we began our walk. It was a wild night with lashing wind and heavy rain and the Westropes were relieved to have arrived home safely. The coach and horses however, still had to return to Baldock.