Saturday, 11 May 2019 – Sunday, 12 May 2019
9:00pm – 3:00am
Built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton, who was tutor to Henry, Prince of Wales – the eldest son of James I, Charlton House is one of the finest surviving Jacobean manor houses in England.
The grounds have undergone a number of changes over the last four centuries but remain evocative of times gone by.
World War One
Charlton House played a vital role during the First World War. As the Divisional Headquarters of the Red Cross for Greenwich and Woolwich, working parties raised funds for the war effort and collected gifts and donations for the soldiers at the front. Lady Maryon-Wilson stood as Vice President.
By 1918, four years of hard continued fighting had led to huge numbers of wounded. Hospitals were full. In response, Sir Spencer and Lady Maryon-Wilson gave the Red Cross free use of their Jacobean home. Rooms that were once occupied by the family were turned into wards as the house was fitted out with new and donated furniture. On 14th October 1918, the house opened as an Auxiliary Hospital.
In all likelihood, patients came from the Brook War Hospital in Shooters Hill to convalescence at Charlton House. On the first day, thirty-five patients were admitted, including twelve stretcher cases. There were eighteen wards throughout the house with around seventy beds. During its time as a hospital, over one hundred and sixty men were admitted to Charlton House and looked after by a team of over fifty Voluntary Aid Detachments, Nurses and Doctors. Many of those who cared for the wounded have been researched by a team of volunteers at Greenwich Heritage Centre. On 30th April 1919, the House closed as a hospital and furniture and bedding were auctioned off.
What to expect from your night
- Spending the night in a haunted location
- Vigils and séances throughout the night
- Using different types of equipment
- Free time to investigate
- Hot drinks and biscuits
- Discussions about the paranormal
- History Tour
- Friendly Team
Event LocationCharlton House
London, SE7 8RE