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Do you dare to walk the corridors of Northwood House with Vectis Hauntings! Join us for a paranormal experience at Northwood House on 6th April 2013.
The event will take place between 8pm and 2am. We will provide light refreshments at the event and feel free to bring along your cameras. All we ask is if you feel that you have captured anything paranormal on your camera please forward a copy to Vectis Hauntings. The cost of the event is £35 per person.
Northwood House and its park previously formed part of what used to be the Mount Edgcumbe estate. In 1793, Mount Edgcumbe estate which comprised of a house name Belle Vue, two coach houses, four stables and four gardens which were purchased by George Ward who was the son of a retired city merchant and a director of the new East India Docks. He renamed the estate Northwood Park.
William Arnold a collector of customs for Cowes knew George in London and had told him about the sale of the Mount Edgcombe estate. Having bought the estate George also began buying up land in Cowes and surrounding areas and this estate subsequently passed down through his family.
Northwood House was at the centre of late victorian high society and in 1871 a Grand Bazaar & Promenade Concert was held the proceeds were to go to the National Hospital for consumption in Ventnor (now the Botanical Gardens). Royal Yacht Squadran Balls were also held there in the 1880's. George Ward died in 1882.
In the early 1900's the house was turned into a nunnery for a short time. In the First World War it was a VAD hospital for convalescing soldiers.
In September 1929 HRH Princess Beatrice Royal Governor of the Isle of Wight and youngest daugther of Queen Victoria accepted from Captain Herbert Ward the deeds of Northwood House and grounds to the town of Cowes. Cowes Urban District Council and Northwood House charity was born and for many years the house was held in trust by the council.
The council changed its name to Medina Borough Council to Isle of Wight County Council and more recently Isle of Wight Council and various of the council departments occupied Northwood House. The Deed stated that Northwood House was to be maintained for use as council offices, house of caretaker and let rooms for meetings, concerts and other entertainments. Northwood Park was left to the people of Cowes for recreation and pleasure.
In 2002 a new charitable scheme was drawn to involve local people as Management Trustees leaving Isle of Wight Council as custodian trustee however in 2010 the council withdrew from both custodianship and involvement to manage the estate. Since this time the management trustees have been in sole charge of both the house and park.