Glad there will be an investigation
I WAS happy to read Steve England's response to my letter about the Stoke Park ghosts, Charles Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort who died in 1756 and his daughter Elizabeth who died suddenly when she fell from her horse on May 7, 1760.
I am glad that Steve has arranged for the Bristol Paranormal Society to carry out a scientific investigation of the unexplained events within Stoke Park. Charles and Elizabeth have been appearing to others for 250 years, apparently seeking earthly intervention for their unresolved stories.
I see that Charles died aged 47 after struggling with a long illness, which must have limited his capacity to fully participate in life or deal with any family issues.
He had already lost his wife Elizabeth, and the daughter Elizabeth has lost both parents when she had the accident which claimed her life at only 17 years of age. There seems to be a theme of loss and bereavement which may be a clue to the haunting.
It was interesting to learn that Charles' wife Elizabeth was a Berkeley.
A branch of my family, the Roses, had a strong connection with the Berkeley family.
When I bought a house in Berkeley Avenue, Bishopston, I discovered that my great uncle Horace Rose and his wife Rosa Kate nee Watts had lived in a house across the road. Horace was a lay vicar at Bristol Cathedral. I like to visit the Berkeley chapel in our Cathedral.
Also, while reading the story of the death of the daughter Elizabeth, I associated with the name Catherine. Steve said that Catherine Empress of Russia visited Stoke Park in 1777. I have Jewish ancestry, of Russian and Polish origin.
I appreciate Steve's invitation to join a ghost walk. However I decided that it is best to leave this to the Paranormal Society now. I am too susceptible to this situation.
I am deeply interested in understanding the story and would be glad to hear the outcome of the investigation.