Great Fulford, Dunsford, NR Exeter, Devon EX6 7AJ
ABOUT THE VENUE:
Great Fulford has been the home of the Fulford family for over 800 years.
It was in the 15th century, that the great hero of the family emerged: Sir Baldwin de Fulford was born about 1410, he served in the Hundred Years War and then, in 1450, set out on his travels. He returned some two years later covered in glory:
Sir Baldwin later played a major role in the War of the Roses before being captured by the Yorkists and hung drawn and quartered at Bristol. All his estates were confiscated but his son, Sir Thomas, managed to win them back. Sir Thomas switched sides several times during the War of the Roses but fortunately ended up backing Henry VII. The result was that after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 the fortunes of the family were probably at their peak and during the subsequent Tudor period the house finally took on its current shape as major building work was done first in the 1530s and later in the 1570s.
During the Civil war of the mid 17th century the family were ardent cavaliers. Initially the house was held for the king by Colonel Sir Francis Fulford’s second son: Major Francis Fulford, but it was stormed by Parliamentarians in 1642, retaken by the royalists later when they besieged Exeter, taken again by the roundheads in 1646 and garrisoned by them till the end of the war. The result, naturally, was that the house was severely damaged. Much of the house though remained a ruin till the late 17th century when Colonel Francis Fulford repaired it all.
During the 18th century Squire John Fulford went on a spectacular spending binge which resulted in the Lake in front of the house being constructed and new drives laid out in the park as well as the purchase of lavish furnishings.
The Regency period was to see the last major building activity. By 1805 the family fortunes had fully recovered from Squire John’s excesses. Colonel Baldwin thus set about remodelling the house and employed the prolific architect James Wyatt to advise him. The result is the house as you see it today. Wyatt removed the gables from the top storey replacing them with battlements and throwing out the bays at the corners of the house.
Sadly Colonel Baldwin’s son, Baldwin the Bad, like his great uncle Squire John, vastly over spent his income. In 1861 he had accumulated over £60,000 of debts (approx. £6.0 million today) and had to flee the country. This burden of debt weighed heavily on the family for over a hundred years but with a succession of owners prepared to make major sacrifices, the house and estate remain in the family to this day.
The Current Fulford Family were thrown into the limelight when they appeared on channel 4's '' The F****ing Fulfords'' in 2004.
Paranormal activity here is very strong from voices and growling to banging sounds in empty rooms and a great deal of other experiences!! On our first visit, one group were shocked by poltergeist activity in a bedroom. Squire Fulford is believed to be seen driving along the lanes and outside the house, seated on a phantom coach pulled by headless horses. Other ghosts include an elderly servant man, a lady dressed in grey, possibly Elizabeth Fulford, Thomas Fulford from Civil War times.
The cleaning staff even have tvs switch on and off as they work.
JOIN US IF YOU DARE!
Below are the details of the night's activities and requirements. Please note you must book in advance.
Below are the details of the night's activities and requirements.
22.00 ARRIVALS – PLEASE HEAD TO THE MAIN ENTRANCE
If you arrive before 10.00pm please wait outside!
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS. .
Followed by A TOUR OF THE AREAS, FOCUSING ON HAUNTED LOCATIONS.
THE GHOST WATCH- TIME SPENT IN EACH OF THE HAUNTED LOCATIONS with
assistance from our team, using a variety of investigation techniques.
This can include study sessions inside and outside (weather permitting);
discussions; dowsing; darkness study sessions; ghost vigils, equipment use
and other possibilities depending on time and group preference.
5.00am END OF NIGHTS EVENTS (please leave safely and quietly)
There is plenty of room at the front of the manor.