Appleby Castle, Cumbria

The castle is said to be haunted by the Ghost of Lady Anne Clifford

The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Anne Clifford

The castle was founded by Ranulf le Meschin at the beginning of the 12th¬†century. In about 1170 the square stone keep known as Caesar’s Tower was built.

The castle was in Royal hands when the Scottish King, William the Lion, invaded the Eden Valley in 1174.  In 1203 the castle was granted to Robert de Vieuxpont by King John.

In 1269 it came into the possession of Roger de Clifford and it remained in the ownership of the Clifford family for nearly 400 years. In the mid 17th century, Lady Anne Clifford made the castle her home and she was responsible for the restoration of the castle. On her death the castle passed to the Earls of Thanet.

Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

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