Alton Towers - Curse
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Hidden away in the grounds of the UK's number 1 tourist attraction is a derelict gothic mansion1, the original Alton Towers. Very few visitors are actually aware of the buildings existence, or the haunted folklore2 which surrounds it.
 
Alton Towers was built in an area named bunbury hill. The land started out as an iron age fort in the years before 1000BC and remained that way till saxon king ceolred mercia made it his fortress3 in 700AD. Right through to the 1100s AD, the fort had many uses and many owners, until it was given to a crusader bertram de verdan for his efforts during the holy land wars.
 
Eventually it came to belong to the talbot family. The first earl of shrewsbury was john talbot who for most of his life fought alongside henry v. The family always remained close to the heart of the rulers of the country.
 
During its early life the house was called alveton or alton lodge4 and was a summer residence for the earl and his family. The 15th earl charles took more interest in the house and grounds and wanted to extend it, from 1800 till 1852; work was carried out or planned every year. By the time of charles death in 1832 the mansion had already become one of the finest examples of gothic architecture.
 
In 1821 charles the earl of shrewsbury was returning to the castle one winters night, when his stagecoach5 was stopped by an old woman in the road, angry he demanded to know what she was doing. The old woman was homeless and hungry, when she asked for some money the earl angrily rejected her request, the old woman cursed him she told him for every branch on the old oak tree that falls a member of the earls family will die. The earl dismissed the curse and carried on his way, that night a violent storm broke out and a branch fell from the tree, later that same night a member of the family became ill and mysteriously died. The earl ordered his servants to chain up the tree so that no more branches would fall; the tree is still chained up today.


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1 mansion 8BYxn     
n.大厦,大楼;宅第
参考例句:
  1. The old mansion was built in 1850.这座古宅建于1850年。
  2. The mansion has extensive grounds.这大厦四周的庭园广阔。
2 folklore G6myz     
n.民间信仰,民间传说,民俗
参考例句:
  1. Zhuge Liang is a synonym for wisdom in folklore.诸葛亮在民间传说中成了智慧的代名词。
  2. In Chinese folklore the bat is an emblem of good fortune.在中国的民间传说中蝙蝠是好运的象征。
3 fortress Mf2zz     
n.堡垒,防御工事
参考例句:
  1. They made an attempt on a fortress.他们试图夺取这一要塞。
  2. The soldier scaled the wall of the fortress by turret.士兵通过塔车攀登上了要塞的城墙。
4 lodge q8nzj     
v.临时住宿,寄宿,寄存,容纳;n.传达室,小旅馆
参考例句:
  1. Is there anywhere that I can lodge in the village tonight?村里有我今晚过夜的地方吗?
  2. I shall lodge at the inn for two nights.我要在这家小店住两个晚上。
5 stagecoach PuQww     
n.公共马车
参考例句:
  1. She's getting off the stagecoach.她正在下马车。
  2. The stagecoach driver cracked the whip.驿站马车的车夫抽响了鞭子。
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