Ghosts of Windsor Castle. Berkshire

The ghost of King Henry VIII has been seen walking the halls of the castle and his footsteps and agonising moans have been heard by castle visitors.

For over a 1000 years Windsor Castle as stood, it is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Standing in the county of Berkshire, it is also the home to many a Ghosts and tales of supernatural haunting.

Windsor Castle has numerous ghosts and paranormal activity. Built in the reign of William the Conquerer, and dating back to the Middle Ages, many people, both royal and common folk alike have died within the confines of the Castle walls and grounds.  Some of many reported ghosts of Windsor castle are listed below.

The Ghost of Henry VIII

The first of the famous Windsor Castle ghosts is King Henry VIII. Henry VIII was the Tudor King who ruled England and Wales during the 16th Century, Henry VIII  famously dissolved the monasteries and broke away from  the Papacy in Rome and established the Church of England, initiating the English Reformation.King Henry is reputed to have been heard in the Cloisters, wandering the castle halls and corridors and is heard groaning and seen dragging his ulcerated leg which was the eventual cause of his death on 28th January 1547.

King Henry is buried at Windsor Castle, in a vault in St. George’s Chapel with his third wife, Jane Seymour. In the same vault are the  remains of King Charles I who has been seen in the Canon’s house . On the rare occasions where King Henry VIII has been witnessed his ghost is described as a large anxious, angry man pacing furiously and occasionally shouting as well.

The Ghost of Anne Boleyn

Whenever Henry VIII is mentioned, tales and stories to his his executed wife Anne Boleyn follow shortly after. The ghosts of Windsor castle is no exception to the rule, The wife to Henry VIII and former queen of England.  Before her execution in 1536 Anne Boleyn; King Henry claimed that she had used witchcraft to make him fall in love with her. Interestingly she was never charged with being a witch, and witchcraft did not end up among the charges used by the court which ultimately found her guilty of treason and adultery. Anne Boleyn was beheaded at the Tower of London, her body and head were buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula which adjoined the Tower Green.

Anne Boleyn body was one that was identified in renovations of the chapel under the reign of Queen Victoria.  Anne Boleyn final resting place is now marked in the marble floor. The ghost of Anne Boleyn is alleged to haunt the Dean’s Cloister at Windsor Castle. Her ghostly form has been seen peering from a window with a sad and distressed faced and occasionally weeping.

The Ghost of Elizabeth I

The youngest daughter of Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, haunts the Royal Library, the sound of  her high heels have been heard on bare floorboards. Elizabeth I has also been seen on numerous occasions by several members of the Royal family and staff. Her ghostly spectre has been seen at a window in Dean’s Cloister where she always wears a black gown with a black shawl over her shoulders.

King George III, who spent many lonely nights at Windsor Castle, once claimed to have conversed with a ghostly woman dressed in black, who called herself Elizabeth and claimed to be “married to England’. Over a hundred years later, Edward VII is also alleged to have confided in one of his mistresses about a strange ghostly encounter he had had in Windsor Castle with a woman in dressed black, who resembled the great Tudor queen.

The appearance of Queen Elizabeth’s are said to be linked to the advent of war. George VI, is said to have observed the ghost of Elizabeth I  on several consecutive nights, during the opening days of the Second World War, its not know if he had a conversation with his ghostly guest or not.

The Ghost of (Mad) King George III

King George III was born on the 4th June 1738. And faced  several years of military conflict all over the globe during the early years of his reign. In his later years the King suffered from several spells of mental illness, which resulted in his royal executive powers being transferred to his son George, the Prince of Wales. During the King’s periods of ill-health and mental instability he often would be taken away from public view.

Windsor Castle was regularly used to clam the King and provide a retreat away from the pressures of public life and the prying eyes of those who looked to make advantage from his ill state. During his periods of ‘madness’ he was confined to a room below the library, it is here, often that the ghost of George III has been witnessed since the Victorian era, mournfully peering through the Library windows and door way. Military Guardsmen have occasionally been startled to see his face still looking out through the window whilst on sentry and duties. King George III died on the 16th February 1820 and is buried in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

The Ghost of Queen Victoria

Clearly Queen Victoria was “not amused” by the alterations made to the Castle grounds by her great grandson, Edward VIII. Although Edward only reigned in theory, the errant King quickly set about modifying the grounds of Windsor Castle following his father’s death. When his lover, Wallace Simpson, requested the removal of a family of spruce trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was quick to oblige. The work was hampered however by a number of inexplicable phenomena. Workmen in 1936 even claimed to have seen the ghostly figure of Victoria striding towards them from the Castle, waving her arms and moaning loudly.

The Many Haunted Rooms and Locations within Windsor Castle

The Deanery is haunted by the ghost of a young boy who shouts, “I don’t want to go riding today”. It is also reported that sound of the ghostly boys footsteps can be heard crossing the building.

The ‘Prison Room’ in the Norman Tower is apparently haunted by a former Royalist prisoner dating back to the times of the English Cilvil War . The first Civil War dated (1642–46) and second (1648–49) was between the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third war (1649–51) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The Civil War ended with the Parliamentary victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651. Both Children playing there have seen the Royalist prisoner whilst many adults visitors have felt him brush past their persons.

In the Curfew Tower, ghostly footsteps are heard on the staircase, the tower bells on one occasion where said to have swung on their own while the ambient temperature of the bell room became cold without warning. Moving over to a kitchen in one of the buildings which make up the horseshoe cloisters, the kitchen is haunted by the ghostly figure of a man and horse. They walk straight through the wall. The history records for Windsor Castle state that the cloisters were once the cavalry stables.

In 1873, a night-time visitor to the castle noticed an interesting new statuary group had been erected near St. George’s Chapel: three standing figures, all in black, and a fourth crouching down. The central standing character was in the act of striking with a large sword. The sentry knew nothing of this artwork and when the visitor returned to re-examine it, it had gone!

One of the most reported sightings at Windsor Castle is the ghost of Herne the Hunter. Herne the became the favoured huntsman of King Richard II when he saved the monarch from being mauled to death by a cornered stag. Being wounded in the process, there are accounts that he was later healed through witchcraft and the wearing of the stag’s antlers. Although this may likely just be an interpretation of a reward by the King for his act of valour.

Do to the favour shown by King Richard II, and mounting jealousy within the ranks, Hern took his own life after being framed for theft from the King, by hanging himself from ‘Herne’s Oak in the Home Park . On several Wild Hunts, Herns ghostly spirit has since been seen many times rushing across the Great Park what he is racing for is not known, some suspect he is looking for any lost souls wandering the land.

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Ghosts of Ettington Park Hotel.

Ettington Park Hotal - UK's Most Haunted Hotel

Ettington Park Hotel is steeped in a rich and varied history and has over the years and has gain the prestigious accolade of the Most Haunted Hotel in Britain, with its many ghosts and tales of tragedy.

Archaeological evidence shows the grounds and the buildings have been a centre of human habitation for at least 2,000 years. Several archaeological digs have unearthed long lost Roman coins, brass ornaments and large quantities of pottery.

There is strong evidence that a Roman villa existed on the site. In recent times the Hotel and grounds at Ettington have had a leading role in the motion movie ‘The Haunting‘ directed by Robert Wise 1963.

The Many Ghosts at Ettington Park

The ghost stories surrounding the Ettington Park Hotel are as varied as its history, and not surprisingly most encounters are recorded by the staff  and guests. Over the years many members of staff and guests alike have reported strange sounds and noises bumps in the night if you will, others have reported seeing apparitions, ghosts and poltergeist activity with objects moving unaided in the many rooms that make up the Historic building.

More disturbingly are the reports of  voices emanating from the air and the overwhelming feeling of an unseen presence in the bedrooms and an accompanied chilling sensation of being watched from the shadows by unseen ghosts during the small hours.

Most Haunted & Active Ghost Areas of the Hotel

Reception Area: On the of eve of several Christmases Hotel staff have reported an occurring phenomenon of a floating candle hovering just above the Elizabethan oak mantle piece. Comments from other guests have reported a shadowy ghost like presence by the entrance door and reception desk, and a ghostly outline of a man and his dog crossing the reception area and quickly disappearing into the hotels extensive Library.

The Hotel Library:  Books and paper work mysteriously being pulled from the library shelves, poltergeist activity and related phenomenon and voices of gentlemen chatting have been heard along with the sound of billiard balls knocking together and being potted. The Library also experiences dramatic changes in temperature, often accompanied by the  ghostly presence of a female figure. One member of staff has even reported seeing a Ghost of a man dressed like a priest.

Great Drawing Room: Many female voices are heard  in what can only be described as singing, whilst,  a bare footed Edwardian lady has been seen several times stood in the bay window on the right hand side of the room. Other strange occurrences include poltergeist activity, the doors and curtains opening and closing without course and an apparition of ghostly  young boy.

The Long Gallery: Both staff and guests have reported a strong feelings of being watched, along with an oppressive atmosphere,  individuals have stated that the entire length of the gallery can suddenly drop in temperature. It has also been noted that a ghost of an army officer and an elderly lady can usually seen in the last bay window next to the fireplace.

Main Staircase: Is haunted by the ghost of a young servant girl by the name of Mary, who died after falling down the staircase following an argument with the Squire. It is  believed that the ghost of Mary can also been seen in the Oak Room Restaurant.

Corridor Outside the Long Gallery: The ghost of John Prichard, the architect who designed Ettington Park has been seen strolling the length of the corridor just out side the great gallery. In the Courtyard Suites Corridor a ghost of a previous groundsman of the estate has been whiteness by several member’s of staff and guests.

The Stour Corridor: Is haunted by the ghosts of two young children who lost their lives to drowning in the Stour River around 1800. Its believed the same children have also been seen and heard in other areas of the hotel.

The Stour Corridor is also the regular haunting grounds by the ghosts of the Grey Lady and the ghost of a monk who may well be the priest associated with the Great Library. The ghost of the Grey lady has also been seen in the Tower Suite Corridor.

Conservatory: A ghost of an elderly  lady dressed in Victorian clothes haunts the conservatory, with her comes a very strong presence,  Footsteps can be clearly heard walking back and forth.

The Shirley Chapel: A priest hiding hole was discovered in the south transept chapel, it is assumed that the ghost of a monk who has been frequently reported in the other areas of the hotel is directly related to the ghost reported being seen in the tower and grounds. Further to this, The village of Lower Ettington used to exist adjacent to the house and chapel until around 1798 and where it was demolished and the monks relocated two miles away at Upper Ettington.

There have been many ghostly sightings reported from the site of the former village, including phantoms, spirits and dark shadows. Additional sightings in and around the estate include the ghostly forms of two female figures which haunt the grounds.

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Ghost of Mote Park. Kent

Mote Park is a 180 hectare multi-use public park in Maidstone, Kent. Previously a country estate it was converted to landscaped park land at the end of the 18th century before becoming a municipal park. It includes the former stately home Mote House

Reports by members of the public state that on several occasions a a little girl in a white dress has been witnessed late at night running around and playing within the trees at the park.

With such interest in this story a Mr Elspass, who lives locally to the park took the time to write in and recount his own experience…

“One night, I had gone to visit a friend on the town centre side of the park, when I decided it was getting pretty late, and I should be getting home – it was about 1am. I was tired and decided to walk through the park in order to reach my house on the other side. The park used to be a private estate, owned by an Earl and his family for generations. In the very centre of the park, ontop of a hill, is the old Mote House, a great big Georgian manor house, which became an old peoples home after the park became public, but has long since been derelict and empty.

Walking along the path through the park, I climbed the hill to the house, and then began to descend the other side. As it starts to slope back down, there is a line of trees down one side of the path. As I was walking along this line of trees (which are spaced a fair distance apart), I looked over and – baring in mind it was pitch black – I could ever so slightly make out a pale area of light positioned in front of one of these trees.

Its hard to explain it, it wasn’t really a light in that it lit up the surrounding area, but I could just tell that there was something there that was light enough for it to stand out against the darkness of night.  I shrugged it off, thinking it was probably a plastic bag or something caught in the bushes at the base of the tree, and carried on. However, as it was a strange sight, I did not look away from it whilst walking past. I t was when I reached the other side of the tree, having now walked right past the tree, that I realised this light object couldn’t possibly be attached to the tree, as it had rotated around the trunk of the tree, so that no matter where I stood, this object was always positioned to the right of the tree trunk facing me.

Confused by this, I stopped walking and stood and just looked at it trying to figure out what it was. I don’t think it was my eyesight being bad before, but this object of plain “whiteness” changed as i stood there…whereas before all I saw was a light, paleness, I now could make out the outline of a little girl – no facial features or anything…just the outline of a girl, and something in my head said to me “there is no question, that is a girl standing there looking back at you”.

When I mentioned my experience to other people many I know agreed with me and said that they had seen a little girl in a white dress walking around the park before”

Have yo or anyone you know witnessed the same or something similar in Mote Park, if so we would love to read your story.

Chanctonbury Rings

Dominating the hilltop above the small village of Washington, which nestles gently in the South Downs National Park lies the ancient hill-fort of Chanctonbury Rings.

Commanding a strategic position from both a military and historical perspective, the hill-fort has had over the years many uses, including religious and sacrificial. There have also been numerous reports of Ghosts, Paranormal activity including levitation UFO’s and witchcraft.

The Beech trees found at Chanctonbury were the life long dream of a 20 year old young man named Charles Goring. When he decided to plant the trees on top of the Chanctonbury hill-fort there was a public outcry, for it was believed the trees would spoil the landscape and the majestic view of the beautiful South Downs. Charles Goring died in 1829, reaching the grand age of 85 years old and, fortunately, he witnessed many of his trees reach maturity despite the public opposition.

As the Beech trees grew thought the years their roots disturbed a previously undiscovered ruins of a Romano-British temple buried on the site. An excavation was conducted in the early 1900’s, the results of which showed the site to be that of a temple with a court, which had sunken into the soil.

Further excavations would reveal several finds of coins and other objects of worth dating back to Nero (54-68 AD) and Gratian (375-383 AD).  In addition to the Roman offering Anglo-Saxon coins have been also found, which suggests  the temple was of significant importance and of great spiritual value to both the early Romans and Saxons of Britain.

Ghosts, Witchcraft & the Supernatural

With this full and established history however comes many stories and tales of supernatural events that span the paranormal and supernatural realms. Chanctonbury Rings has become connected with ghosts, witchcraft, UFO’s, and paranormal forces. There have been several investigations in to the rings and one of the most informative came from the Ghost and Psychic Investigation Group.

In 1974 the Ghost and Psychic Investigation Group was formed in order further investigate the claims of supernatural and extraterrestrial phenomenon.

On the 24th August 1974 four members of the Ghost and Psychic Investigation Group, camped down for a night at Chanctonbury Rings, during the latter part of the evening a member of the group who walked through the centre of the Ring was lifted several feet off the ground by an unseen force.

Witnessed by the other members, the gentleman in question was heard crying out ‘No More! No More!’  and was obviously in considerable pain. After several seconds he was dropped to the ground landing injuring his back.

Over the past 50 years and more there have been an large number of UFO sightings reported.  In most cases the sightings of UFO’s are nothing more than unidentified lights in the sky. But one particular reported case stands out from the rest.

On  31st October 1972. At around 10.45 pm,  Mr. Simpson of Worthing, West Sussex was out walking up to the Chanctonbury Rings with two friends. As they approached the rings they saw what they thought were flames from a bonfire flickering among the trees on hill top. As they drew closer however the light faded out and out of the blue a  loud noise was heard by the group above them and, looking up they saw a dull red glow emanating from a large object hanging in the evening sky over the tree tops.

Further information on the above event can be found  at Chanctonbury Rings – Mysterious Britain

The Scole Experiment

At the beginning of 1993 four psychic researchers embarked on a series of experiments in the Norfolk village of Scole. The Scole Experiment is an extraordinary video, recording the results of a five-year investigation into life after death.

The events recorded were so astounding that senior members of the prestigious Society for Psychical Research asked to observe, test and record what took place.

Below is the video giving a unique insight in to the experiment and some of many strange and fascinating results and personal experiences to come out of these experiments in to the after life and the spirit world.

The Scole Experiments – The Afterlife Investigations – Movie Feature

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