Castle Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Merlin

Location: Tintagel (Cornwall) - Tintagel Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A place featuring in Arthurian legend (Arthur is said to have been born here), the cave under the castle is said to be the one time home of Merlin. His spirit now shows a reluctance to leave the place. A ghostly horseman was reported by one witness, who promptly named the spirit as King Arthur.


 
 


Bride in a Chest

Location: Tiverton (Devon) - Tiverton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In a story that appears several times throughout the UK, a newly wedded bride played hide and seek with her guests, only to disappear... A few years later her mummified body was found in a chest in the loft, the spring mounted lid trapping her inside.


 
 


Blue Girl

Location: Tullamore (County Offaly) - Charleville Forest Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young girl fell while playing on the staircase, dying on the floor below. Her ghost is seen on the stairs or felt rushing past witnesses. The other spooks include a young boy (seen in the same location as the blue girl), a dark hooded woman accompanied by a party of monks, laughing children in a former nursery room, and the sounds of two Englishmen becoming drunk!


 
 


Butler

Location: Tullynally (County Westmeath) - Tullynally Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The butler fell in love with one of the castle's cooks, but was rejected. He later hanged himself, though has been seen since, walking around the castle and its grounds. One witness saw a thirty year old Victorian woman standing in a guest room.


 
 


Ghost Hunt

Location: Tutbury (Staffordshire) - Tutbury Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: This building broke the record for having the world's largest ghost hunt, with 700 people looking for the phantom monk, a grey lady, a drummer boy and Mary Queen of Scots, amongst other shades...


 
 


Young Male Rider

Location: Tynron (Dumfries and Galloway) - Tynron castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the castle is haunted by a decapitated horseman. The ghost is thought to be a man who tried to marry a girl residing at the castle, but her brothers chased him away. During the pursuit, the young man fell from his horse and lost his head.


 
 


Soothsayer Curse

Location: Urray (Highland) - Brahan Castle, former site of
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before being boiled alive in a cauldron of tar, a local soothsayer predicted the downfall of the family that owned the castle. His every word came true...


 
 


Terrier

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Sandal Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: This small, yapping dog has attacked and scared creatures many times larger than itself - when touched the phantom pooch fades from view.


 
 


Breathing

Location: Wallington (Northumberland) - Wallington Castle (aka Wallington Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Home to several phantom sounds, these include heavy breathing, the flapping of wings, and banging. An old booklet of 1715 hints that in the past this building was haunted by a ghost that had a habit of sharing a bed with people.


 
 


Countess of Salisbury

Location: Warblington (Hampshire) - Castle and Churchyard ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury, walks around this area without her head. The shade of a smuggler is also reported to frequent the castle.


 
 


Lady Blanche Arundell

Location: Wardour (Wiltshire) - Wardour Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lady Blanche has been seen as the sun sinks beneath the horizon, dressed for battle - she and 25 others fought the Roundheads here in 1643. The family Arundell were haunted by white owls, which would appear just prior to a death in the family.


 
 


Hermit

Location: Warkworth (Northumberland) - Coquet & hermitage near to Warkworth Castle, and the castle itself
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After a tragic accident which resulted in him killing his future wife, the knight Sir Bertram became a hermit - his spirit still remains. Another knight, or maybe the same one, is said to haunt the castle.


 
 


Cursed Castle

Location: Warwick (Warwickshire) - Warwick Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After being caught stealing from her customers, an old servant at the castle was fired. In revenge, she bewitched the place - a large black dog appeared and created havoc. The creature was defeated by quotes from the bible read aloud by a local holy man.


 
 


The Dun Cow

Location: Warwick (Warwickshire) - Warwick Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death in the Warwick family
Further Comments: Appearing at least once at the castle prior to a death in the family, the phantom 'Dun Cow of Warwick' appears a few weeks before a death in the family. Way back in history, a member of the Warwick family killed the giant cow when it was a living creature terrorising estates across the land...


 
 


Sir Fulke Greville

Location: Warwick (Warwickshire) - Warwick Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973, and March 2009
Further Comments: Murdered by a trusted servant, Sir Fulke is reputed to still spend time in his study, appearing in a misty form. In 1973, a cleaner reported hearing loud scratching sounds coming from a painting of Greville, while in 2009 a site manager working on a 'dungeon' feature encountered a tall slim man wearing a tunic and trousers.


 
 


Man in Gold Laced Suit

Location: Welshpool (Powys) - Powis Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1780
Further Comments: This haunting ended when a new maid was placed in a haunted bedroom as a joke planned by the other workers; she listened to the ghost instead of running like so many had done in the past, and as a reward the supernatural being led her to a box hidden under a floorboard. This was later presented to her master who rewarded the maid with freedom and a cottage. The ghost was seen no more.


 
 


Tall Green Lady

Location: Wemyss (Fife) - Wemyss Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the most popular Scottish ghosts, that of the Green Lady, haunts this ancient building.


 
 


White Doe

Location: West Grinstead (Sussex) - Knepp Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This albino creature is said to be a fair maiden, turned into a white doe by an evil witch in the 1400's.


 
 


Gournay

Location: West Harptree (Somerset) - Richmont Castle ruins, and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure, a former owner of the building, still longs for better times and fortune - until it arrives, he remains earthbound.


 
 


Cerberus

Location: Weston (Yorkshire) - Dobb Park Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This three headed hound stands guard over a hoard of hidden treasure somewhere on this site.


 
 


Hideous Bird

Location: Weston Penyard (Hereford & Worcester) - Penyard Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A cave hidden under the castle contains a vast collection of gold and gems. The wealth is protected by a large bird which never sleeps, and attacks any who come too close to discovering the cave.


 
 


White Figure

Location: Weymouth (Dorset) - Nothe Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mysterious apparition is said to walk along the parapets of this building.


 
 


Small Children

Location: Whittington (Shropshire) - Whittington Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen peaking out from the gatehouse windows, these children are never found when looked for.


 
 


Man in Three Corner Hat

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - Castle Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973
Further Comments: Seen by a prisoner in the building, this ghost disappeared from sight as it walked through a wall. As a side point, the hall is also home to King Arthur's round table, though it is likely to be a fake.


 
 


Round Table

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - Winchester Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Round Table that is on display here, alleged to belong to King Arthur, is more than likely a fake made many years after his death.


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