In Andrew Green’s book, ‘In Our Haunted Kingdom’ he writes about how in 1887, Anne Hinchfield threw herself to her death from the top of its 70ft tower. She was just 12 years old. Then in 1934, a nursemaid threw her young charge from the same tower and then jumped after her ! Andrew Green’s mother, a nurse, whilst waiting for the Police doctor to finish his examinations of the bodies, walked into the garden and saw footprints appear on the wet grass in front of her. They stopped at a garden seat and the seat itself moved slightly as if someone had just sat down !
The house then stood empty for 10 years but by then twenty suicides and one murder had taken place –all from the top of the tower.
Towards the end of the 2nd World War, the property was requisitioned by the Government and in 1944 Mr Green visited the house with his father. In his book, the author speaks of, “ Unseen hands helping him up the ladder to the top of the tower.” When he was at the parapet, he received a compelling mental urge to have a look in the garden. It was like, ‘ he could walk over the parapet…for it was only twelve inches down to the lawn…he wouldn’t hurt himself ‘ ! At that instant, his father arrived at the top of the tower and grabbed his son and prevented another ‘suicide’
Before Andrew and his father left the house, he took a photo to show his friends and when it was developed there was a clear image of a young girl looking out of an upper window. The girl hadn’t been visible to him when he took the picture. Was it the ghost of Anne Hinchfield ?
The house was converted into flats but maintained a sinister reputation. There were mysterious gas leaks which were never traced. There were reports of an awful smell on the 1st floor every 28 days and workmen had to be called from outside London because no one locally would work in the house. They found that many of their tools went missing. The walls were stripped and re-plastered, the floorboards were replaced but the cause of the smell was never found. Many tenants reported hearing mysterious footsteps and the opening and closing of doors plus other unusual noises.
The mysteries of 16 Montpelier Place remain unsolved.