The year 1066 saw the last successful invasion of Britain, since then our coasts have been guarded by a succession of forts and castles strategically located all around the country.
Seaford Bay and the port of Newhaven in East Sussex have always been the most desired of landing zones for the enemies of Briton. British history of the area dates back to the Bronze age when a large enclosed fort was built on the cliff top. It has remained an important strategic location and continues to be so even today.
The current Newhaven Fort structure was built around the 1860’s and is believed to be the largest work of defence ever constructed in Sussex. It was also considered a vital element in Britain’s coastal defence through both World War 1 and World War 2. Following its abandonment as a military fortification, Newhaven Fort suffered years of neglect and dereliction; almost in ruins, it has now been restored to provide an award-winning visitor attraction to both the locals of Sussex but also to the many visitors to the area.
There are numerous reports from visitors to the Fort, when walking into the main tunnels, of being pushed, seeing dark figures slipping into the shadows and multiple orbs have been caught on the security cameras and monitoring systems, other reports include sounds and smells, people have reported the noises of chains clinking. Some believe it is the ghost of a woman called Martha who committed suicide at the fort. Other occurrences happen in the magazines and laboratory.
The forts numerous exhibitions are also a hot bed of activity. People have reported hearing the sounds of footsteps and shuffling, moans of suffering have also been heard and reported on numerous occasions. for more information on visiting newhaven fort can be found here
William, Duke of Normandy invaded Britain in 1066. The Saxons confronted the Norman invaders at the battle of Hastings.
Harold was defeated and fell in battle, William ordered Battle Abbey to be erected upon the site that Harold died. The High Alter marks the exact spot on which he fell. King Harold’s blood stained ghost wanders on the anniversary of the battle (14 October). Legend also has it that the blood of the battle’s victims sweats from the grass when it rains. A Fountain of Blood has also been witnessed spewing from the altar.
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The battle between one ‘rebel army’ led by James, Duke of Monmouth and the other ‘royal army’ led by Lord Faversham, took place on the 6th July 1685.
The ‘Royal army’ prevailed and even ruthlessly slaughtered wounded soldiers on the other side who survived the skirmish. Monmouth was captured 2 days after the clash and executed in London. Ghosts of horsemen have been seen galloping over the battleground. Disembodied voices are heard and the ghostly figure of Monmouth is said to reinact his attempted escape every year.
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This haunting has been witnessed by a woman walking alone at night over the area of the battle.
She saw several soldiers in old dress, carrying lit torches, checking the corpses which lay strewn about their feet. The Battle of Nechtansmere that was fought in 685 AD. 21st May 685 – the Battle of Dunnichen (also known as Battle of Nechtansmere) was fought between the Picts and Northumbrians in Angus, in what is now Scotland. The Northumbrians were a Germanic people whose kingdom was in what is now Northern England and part of Southern Scotland and the Picts were Celtic.
The Pict commander was Bridei III and the Northumbrian commander was Ecgfrith. The Battle was a victory for the Picts and afterwards Northumbria’s existence was virtually wiped out in the area that later became Southern Scotland and occupied just what is now Northern England. Northumbria (or Northumberland) is now the most northerly county in England after King Alfred (known to the English as “The Father of England”) unified all the Germanic kingdoms together to form what is now England.
The Battle of Dunnichen (Welsh: Linn garan) or Battle of Nechtansmere was fought between the Picts and Northumbrians on May 21st 685, near Forfar, Angus. It ended in a decisive Pictish victory and severely weakened Northumbria’s power in northern Britain.
The Northumbrians had been gradually extending their territory to the north, their constituent kingdom of Bernicia having captured Edinburgh from the Gododdin around 638. For the next thirty years they established political dominance over the Kingdoms of Strathclyde (which was in the area that is now South West Scotland and North West England) and Dál Riata, as well as Pictish Fortriu.
King Ecgfrith of Northumbria invaded lands held by the Picts in 685, apparently to stop them from raiding to the south. They met in battle on May 21 near Dunnichen; the Picts pretended to retreat, drawing the Northumbrians into the swamp of Dunnichen. The Pictish King Bridei III killed Ecgfrith and destroyed his army and enslaved many of the survivors. After the battle, Northumbria’s influence never again extended past the Firth of Forth.
Little is known about the actual battle; it was briefly described by the Venerable Bede in the 8th century.
27th July 1689, 3,000 government troops were defeated by rebel Highlanders.
Reports of strange paranormal happenings in the area are common place one lady saw a replay of the battle and the aftermath, in which a young highland women picked over the corpses of the slain for valuables. Ghostly soldiers have also been seen roaming the area.
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