Courtesy of Peter Crawley; Jilted on her wedding day, Miss Margaret Catherine Dick withdrew from the world. Until her death 19 years later, she refused to leave the house and lived in an upstairs room which had a trapdoor leading to the kitchen. Her meals were served through this hatchway by the daily woman who never saw her employer - her wages being left with the dirty plates. Charles Dickens is said to have based the reclusive Miss Havisham in Great Expectations on Margaret Dick. Miss Dick's ghost is still seen and heard today in the kitchens, bedrooms and corridors. Her silver hair is worn in a tight bun and she is dressed in a blouse and long flowing skirt.
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