Courtiers House is a large residental building in Clifton Hampden, near Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England, Unied Kingdom. It was origionally built during the 1700's and was at one point a residence for the Fletcher family. After this however it became a high class school, bieng both a boarding school for boys and then girls at some point. and later a grammar school. Today the Courtiers House is in private ownership, it is owned by a landlord, although it is not lived in.
Since before its days as a school building Courtiers House has been haunted by the well-known ghost of Sarah Fletcher
Sarah Fletcher, was one of the House's first residents. she was the wife of a captain in the Royal Navy. Captain Fletcher, her Husband had been away for a long time on an expedition and Sarah spent a lot of her time in the house simply waiting for her husband to return. When he did however, she discovered that he had became interested in polygamy, and planned to marry the daughter of a rich buisnessman.
Sarah was completely devestated by her husband's insensitivit, especialy since he planned to have his second wedding in the local church, Sarah went to the church and stopped the wedding. Both the captain and the heiress he planned to marry were annoyed with this, The heiress disappeared and Sarah Fletcher's husband returned to the sea, never to return. This proved too much for Sarah Fletcher to bare, and so, using a hankerchief and a cord, she commited suicide by hanging herself from her bed's curtain rails,
The reasons for her suicide seemed clear enough, However, at the time. the court decided that she was 'insanely sensative' (because she was a women), and that the cause of her suicide was lunacy. She was buried in the graveyard of St Peter's and St. Pauls Abbey in Dorchester-on-Thames. where her gravestone descibes her as a "Martyr of Sensativity"
Ever since then, her ghost has haunted the house. During its time as a boarding school. pupils said that at night, their dormitory door would open by itself and they would hear the footsteps of an invisible body walking around their room. The ghost itself is also said to manifest often, It wears a black dress, has auburn hair and wears blue and purple ribbons. The ghost is seen throughout the house, occasionally in the 'Suicide Room'. The ghost sometimes relives its own death