MY father worked during the 1920s and 1940s as a farm labourer at Hergest Court, near Kington, in Herefordshire.

It was where he met and married my mother, who started work there in 1932 when she was employed as a maid (Hergest Court was inspiration for Hound of the Baskervilles, February 11).

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Mother said it was a very haunted house, although one night she heard a ‘thump-thump’ down the stairs only to find out that a rat had carried an apple from the cellar but had dropped it back down, making a noise like footsteps.

She said she never felt happy working there, especially at night.