In this article we will be taking a look at the truth behind the vampire of Croglin Grange – a bloodsucker who first appeared in an autobiographical novel by Augustus Hare in the late 1800’s.
Was this creature based on fable…or based on truth?
Let’s take a closer look…
The Croglin Grange Vampire
In his book, Story of My Life, Augustus Hare claimed that Captain Fisher had told him a “really extraordinary story connected with his own family.”
His extended family had been living in an area known as Croglin Grange for a number of centuries. Eventually the property they owned became a little overcrowded with new family members popping up, so they opted to move to a larger home up south.
They didn’t like the idea of losing money on the old property – so they decided to rent it out, instead of leaving it vacant and derelict.
The rental property was taken up by the Cranswell siblings – two brothers and a sister.
The first summer at Croglin Grange was an extremely hot one for the Cranswells, and the sister Amelia opted to sleep on top of her bed sheets with the windows closed. She did however, decide to leave the shutters open so that a minor draft could creep into the room.
One night the heat became too much, and Amelia got out of bed and stared out of her window for a while – maybe the night landscape would help her feel a little more sleepy.
As she stared out at a nearby church she noticed two lights moving through a line of trees…and then she realized that the lights were actually eyes that belonged to a human form…heading towards the house!
Amelia raced to the door, arriving just in time to lock it.
As she stood back from the door she heard a scratching sound coming from the bedroom window, she turned to see a hideous form filling up the whole of the window…bony fingers trying desperately to open the lock.
There was a pause, then the whole window caved in and the creature was upon her – teeth sunk deep into her neck.
Her cries alerted her brothers who raced into the room and chased the strange creature into the night. Unfortunately it’s large over-sized strides made it impossible for the two men to catch up with it.
Amelia was taken by her brothers to Switzerland to recover from her wounds, and her ordeal. When she regained full health she informed the brothers that she wanted to return home to Croglin Grange.
She told them that the intruder was most probably an escaped lunatic, and that this sort of thing was a one off – it couldn’t possibly happen again.
The siblings eventually agreed to return home.
The following summer, after the siblings returned home, Amelia began to hear the strange scratching sounds on her window once again. This time the sister was ready – and immediately called for her brothers who promptly arrived with weapons.
The creature tried once again to escape, but one of the brothers managed to shoot it in the leg. They then followed the trail of blood to a crypt that belonged to a family that once existed in the area.
The brothers gathered up a local posse and waited for daybreak before entering the crypt. Inside they found several ruined coffins…but one lay intact.
Inside was a corpse with a fresh bullet wound in one leg.
The corpse was dragged outside and immediately set on fire.
The Vampire of Croglin Grange
Throghout the 1900s, several investigators looked into the case of the vampire…without much luck.
What are your thoughts on the subject – do you feel there is an element of truth behind this tale or do you feel it is nothing more than a country fable?
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