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Castle Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


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.


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 peeking out from the gatehouse windows, these children are never found when looked for.

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.

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 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.

Four Royals and a Hunt

Location: Windsor (Berkshire) - Windsor Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 June (Charles) (reoccurring), other entities various
Further Comments: Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, Charles I & George III have all reportedly been seen here after their natural lives ended. Elizabeth frequents the library, Charles the Canon's House (traditionally walking on the night of 26 June), while George haunts the rooms in which he was bound after being declared mad. Henry VIII can only be heard, moving slowly down the corridors, dragging his bad leg. The great park attached to the castle is home to Herne the Hunter, who together with his devil dogs, stalk the woodlands. In 1906 a guard was investigated after he fired five rounds at a white figure - he claimed the bullets passed straight through the figure. Finally (for the time being), the park is also haunted by the ghost of a Grenadier Guard who killed himself while on duty.

Blood of the Jews

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Clifford Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Many Jews committed suicide in the tower rather than surrender to the rioting anti-Semitic mobs tearing up the town. The ground of the tower is said to be stained red, even after being dug up and replaced.

Metamorphic Paper

Location: York (Yorkshire) - York Castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1717 (paper), Mary unknown
Further Comments: Sir John Reresby reported watching a piece of paper blowing in the wind change into a monkey before transforming into a bear. A slightly more traditional ghost was said to be Mary Bateman, who would appear during the witching hour.

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