Dudley Castle. Dudley

Dudley castle was founded in 1071, and has a reputation as one of the regions most haunted spots.

Dudley castle was founded in 1071, and has a reputation as one of the regions most haunted spots.

Footsteps have been heard in the offices when the castle is empty. Recent investigations into paranormal events at the castle produced some interesting findings.   A group of ghost hunters witnessed a figure pacing across the parapets. Continue reading →

Glamis Castle. Angus

The ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore, Shakespeare chose Glamis Castle as the setting for ‘Macbeth’.

The ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore, Shakespeare chose Glamis Castle as the setting for ‘Macbeth’.

Lady Glamis wife of the 6th Earl is said to haunt the castle. Burned at the stake, her ghost is seen with a glow floating above the clock tower.

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Hampton Court Palace. London

Anne Boleyn a popular apparition is seen in many different places among them she haunts Hampton Court’s corridors wearing a blue dress.

Anne Boleyn a popular apparition is seen in many different places among them she haunts Hampton Court’s corridors wearing a blue dress.

The ghost of Catherine Howard has also been seen running down the long gallery screaming. Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour has also been seen in spectral form. Dressed in white, her spirit moves soundlessly and holding a candle. A woman in Tudor dress also haunts the rooms of the court, along with two cavalier ghost, the spirit of a monk, a ghost dog, Wolsey’s ghost, and also the ghost of Thomas Culpepper.

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Tamworth Castle. Staffordshire

Tamwoth Castle

A 9th century ghost of a nun called Editha is said to haunt Tamworth Castle.

Robert de Marmion had expelled the nuns from a local convent and the resulting angry prayers of these nuns are said to have summoned Editha from her grave. In 1139 Marmion was attacked by the ghost of Editha, who prophesied that unless the nuns were restored to Polesworth, the Baron would meet an untimely death.

Tamworth Castle, a Grade I listed building, is a Norman castle, located next to the River Tame, in the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England.

Overlooking the River Tame, the site has been fortified since Anglo-Saxon times, when Ethelfleda the Mercian Queen built a burh to defend against the Vikings; it served as a residence of the Mercian kings.

The castle dates from the 11th century and was built by the Normans. It is today one of the best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in Britain. Numerous additions were made to the castle over the centuries, especially in the Jacobean period. The shell keep contains a 12th century gate tower and later residential accommodation in an H plan comprising a 13th century three storey north range, and a 17th century Jacobean three storey south range linked by an oak timbered Great Hall of the 15th century

Tamworth castle was home to the Marmion family, hereditary Royal Champions to the English Kings from Henry I to Edward I. In 1291 it passed by marriage to Sir Alexander Freville and in 1423 similarly passed to Thomas Ferrers of Groby.

During the Civil War, when the castle’s governor was Waldyve Willington, the castle was captured by parliamentary forces after a brief siege. In July, 1645 the castle garrison comprised ten officers and 77 soldiers under the command of Governor Willington. A muster of the garrison on 28 May 1646 lists only 23 soldiers, “the rest of the soldiers being about fiftie are at Lichfield Leguer uppon dutie there with Lt. Ensigne, one sergeant, one corporal and one drummer”

In 1668 the castle passed to the Shirleys of Chartley. and then in 1715 to the Comptons when Elizabeth Ferrers married the 5th Earl of Northampton. During the Comptons period of ownership the castle fell into disrepair but in 1751 Charlotte Compton, the grandniece of 1st Earl Ferrers married George Townshend of Raynham.  The Townshends took up residence and the castle was much improved by them in 1781.

During most of the 19th century the castle was let out to tenants including Robert Peel and from 1869 to 1891 Thomas Cooke. On Cookes death the Marquess Townshend put the castle up for sale by auction and it was purchased by the Tamworth Corporation.

The castle was also depicted in a work by the English Romantic artist J.M.W. Turner, entitled simply ‘Tamworth Castle’.

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Newbury bypass. Berkshire

Ghostly figures have been reported to have been seen floating along the motorway in the Rickety Bridge area, by at least 6 people.

Ghostly figures have been reported to have been seen floating along the motorway in the Rickety Bridge area, by at least 6 people.

The motorway was built over the burial grounds of Roundhead and Cavalier soldiers who had died fighting in the Battle of Newbury in 1644. “This is no laughing matter. The people who saw these things were terrified. We’re certain they are the ghosts of soldiers whose graves are now being disturbed.”