London has known for its rich history all around the world .While everyone was bored in lockdown, it’s time to get back to normal life for Londoners. ‘Bruce Castle’ is the best place to visit for history lovers and for the ones who have an interest in horror stories. In this article, the history of Bruce Castle. Bruce Castle is a 16th-century former manor house in Tottenham. Originally known as `Lordship House`, it is named after the Bruce who formerly owned the land on which it is built. Currently, the house is one of the oldest surviving English brick houses. It was remodelled in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
In 1626, the house and land were owned by Hugh Hare, 1st Lord Coleraine (1606-1667). Hugh Hare died a sudden and painful death in 1667 by choking on a turkey bone! The story goes that ‘… being at supper one night and talking merrily with some gentlemen of his acquaintance and having a turkey bone in his mouth, it was hard hap through extreme laughter to cause it to go down the wrong way which was the instrument of his death.’
Henry Hare, 2nd Lord Coleraine (1635-1708) inherited the house and moved in with his young wife Constantia Lucy. Great mystery
surrounds Constantia’s life and death. The story goes that Henry grew tired of his wife and banished her to the top of the house. As their relationship worsened, he locked her in the small room under the clock. It is said that one night Constantia was so unhappy that when she learned that her husband was having an affair with the Duchess, she jumped off the balcony killing herself and her child. There is no record of her burial in All Hallow Church’s parish registers; they completely covered this period. It is said that Lady Constantia has become the ghost of Bruce Castle and can be seen at the window at night in November. On every 3rd of November, it is stated that the unhappy soul of the lady enacts the act and even some visitors even hear her painful cry on that day.
The first written reference to the ghost was in the ‘Tottenham & Edmonton Advertiser’ in March 1858.
Originally known as the ‘Lordship House’, Bruce Castle was established in 1254. Presently a museum, displaying archives of London Borough of Haringey and history and heritage of London city, this place is known to be one of the most haunted places in London. It is said that in colonial times, Lady Coleraine was held against her will by her cruel husband. He caged her in the upper part of the house. On a November night, she committed suicide by jumping off from the parapet.
Bruce Castle is now a Grade 1 listed building and houses the London Borough of Haringey’s archive and local history museum.
Address: Lordship Lane, Haringey, London, Greater London, England, N17 8NU
Attraction Type: Historic House
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