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The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger

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1940s: Are you prepared for what you will find at Hundreds Hall?

  • ISBN: 978-1844086061
  • Genre: Ghost/supernatural, Gothic

What you need to know before your trail

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners – mother, son and daughter – struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

Travel Guide

Hundreds Hall, Warwickshire

Hundreds Hall in the novel is fictional and when you read about it. you’re immediately grateful that it is – especially by the end of it! It has to be one of the creepiest houses in fiction. It used to be grand and sumptuous, the envy of the area. A house where the young Faraday attends for a summer fayre and immediately feels impressed and fascinated by it. He steals an ornate acorn from the wooden panelled walls by chipping it off with his penknife. This is the start of the desecration of the house for when he returns 30 years later as the family doctor, the house, as those living in it, seem to be dying.

The house certainly is:

“Hundreds Hall withdrew even further from the world. The gates of the park were kept almost permanently closed. The solid brown stone boundary wall, though not especially hight, was enough to seem forbidding. And for all that, the house was such a grand one, there was no spot, on any of the lanes in that part of Warwickshire, from which it could be glimpsed”

When he sees it again:

“My heart began to sink almost the moment I let myself into the park. I remembered a long approach to the house through neat rhododendron and laurel, but the park was now so over-grown and untended, my small car had to fight its way down the drive. When I broke free of the bushes at last and found myself on a sweep of lumpy grave with the Hall directly in front of me, I put on the brake and gaped in dismay.”

Once inside though…

There’s creaky floorboards, voices that are heard in empty rooms, bells for servants which ring for no reason, doors that shut and lock by themselves and a family at the centre of it, determined never to leave this crumbling place, this dying home. There’s something that is not right here. Death, suicide and war trauma as well as something evil has permeated these walls…

So, if Hundreds Hall is fictional, where might it be and where can you go to pretend it is?

 

Arbury Hall

A superb Elizabethan mansion set in a lovely 18th-century landscape garden

Home of the Newdigate family for over 4 centuries

Ragley Hall

The first house at Ragley dates to at least the 14th century

Famous British designers have worked on this house.

The Baroque Great Hall of Ragley is impressive

A lot of parkland surrounds the house

Baddesley Clinton

A manor of built of brick, stone, and half-timber

Small courtyard garden

Dates back to the 13th century

Two hiding holes for priests.

Charlecote park

There’s a great exhibition here detailing the impact of the First World War on the house, those who stayed here and the repercussions of the inhabitants and those who stayed here

Coughton

Home of the Throckmorton family since 1409

A timber-framed courtyard

A huge stone gatehouse

The Throckmorton family was involved in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Little Stranger

Destination : Warwickshire Author/Guide: Sarah Waters  Departure Time: 1940s

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