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Title: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:10:15 pm
(http://www.castles-of-britain.com/london3.jpg)

Wales

Caerphilly Castle, nr Cardiff
A green lady flits from turret to turret so fearlessly that on one occasion some of the town boys almost caught her.
Ghostly soldiers also patrol the battlements.
Modern day security personnel will not venture up to the flag tower because they can smell perfume at all times.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:10:38 pm
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
The second Marquess of Bute began restoration of Cardiff Castle but died in 1848. He is said to appear by walking through the fireplace of the library. He leaves this room by passing through a six-foot-thick wall into a corridor, then passes through the wall of the chapel into the room in which he died.
The main dining-hall of the castle is also disturbed. At precisely 3:45am heavy doors open and shut by themselves and the lights flash on and off.
A "faceless vision in a flowing grayish-white skirt" has also appeared in a stockroom close by, where things get disarranged.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:10:53 pm
Castell Coch, nr Cardiff
The young son of Dame Griffiths fell into a bottomless pool of dark water within the precincts and was never seen again. His mother was inconsolable and soon died from her grief. Her ghost restlessly continues to wander about the castle and its surrounding woods.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:11:09 pm
Conwy Castle, Conwy
One of Robert Wynn's successors at Plas Mawr had to leave Conwy to fight in a distant war. When the time was near for his return, his wife and child climbed the steep stair to the lookout tower. He was late, and the wife and child had to leave the tower because of darkness. On the way down she slipped, and, along with her child, fell to the bottom of the tower. They were taken to the lantern room. Doctor Dic was summoned but stated he could do nothing to save them. Fearing the wrath of the lord upon his return, the servant locked Dr. Dic inside the lantern room with the dying family. Upon the Master's return, the door was unlocked. He found the dead bodies of his wife and child, but not Dr. Dic. The Doctor was never seen again. The bereaved husband eventually went mad with grief and died soon after. His ghost still seeks the missing doctor in the lantern room and will continue to do so until he is found.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:11:28 pm
Dunraven Castle, Glamorgan
The castle was demolished after World War II. It was haunted by a little old lady in a blue dress who left behind her the smell of mimosa.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:11:40 pm
Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire
The ghost is the shade of Lucy Walters, first mistress of Charles II, who was born in 1630. She floats through locked rooms in a white dress and may be the cause of the noisy running footsteps which mysteriously disturb the sleep of guests on occasions.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:11:54 pm
Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire
There is a ghostly figure of a man in armor wearing only one gauntlet.
There is also a strange glowing ball of light.

The ghost of Lady Grey has been seen wandering the hallways of the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:14:12 pm
England

Arundel Castle, Sussex
A ghost from King Charles II's time browses books in the library. He is known as the "Blue Man".


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:14:35 pm
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
Said to be haunted by the daughter of a wicked baron who, as a consequence of an enforced relationship with her father, bore him a child, which he strangled.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:14:48 pm
Bramber Castle, Sussex
William De Braose angered King John. He escaped to Ireland with his children, only to to captured. The king ordered that his children be held hostage for William's future good behavior at Windsor Castle. The children were starved to death. Their ghosts returned to Bramber Castle and have been seen.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:15:04 pm
Cadbury Castle, Somerset
Ghostly horsemen carrying torches have been seen at the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:15:20 pm
Corfe Castle, Dorset
The ghost of a headless woman has been seen next to the walls of the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:15:35 pm
Dover Castle, Kent
Dover Castle is associated with numerous ghosts and strange sounds.
In the King's bedroom, the lower half of a man has been seen walking through the doorway. The specter of a woman dressed in a red dress has been seen at the west stairway of the keep. The sounds of a creaking doorway opening and closing where a door used to be, but isn't anymore, have been heard.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:15:46 pm
Featherstone Castle, Northumberland
The castle is associated with a ghostly bridal party. Baron Featherstonehaugh had arranged for his daughter to marry a relative of his choice, even though the daughter was in love with someone else. The wedding party left for the "traditional hunt" after the wedding, leaving the baron behind to make arrangements for the banquet. When the party failed to return by midnight, the baron began to fear the worst. Sitting alone at the table, he heard horses crossing the drawbridge. The door opened and the party entered. But, they made no sound and passed through furniture.
The wedding party had been ambushed and killed. On the anniversary of the wedding, the party can still be seen heading towards the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:15:58 pm
Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex
Many different ghosts have been seen here. The "White Lady," the "Grey Lady" and a woman on a white donkey.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:16:10 pm
Hever Castle, Kent
The ghostly figure of Anne Boleyn has been seen gliding over the bridge.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:16:37 pm
Hurst Castle, Hampshire
A ghostly monk haunts the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:16:55 pm
Lowther Castle, Cumbria
Haunted by Sir James Lowther. He was very unhappy with a prearranged marriage, and fell in love with a farmer's daughter. When she suddenly grew ill and died, Sir James refused to believe she was dead and left her on the bed. She was finally moved and placed in a coffin with a glass lid, which he set in a cupboard where he could look at her. She was finally buried, and Sir James died unloved and unmourned.
At his funeral his coffin began to sway as it was lowered into the ground. His spectral coach and ungroomed horses can be seen being driven through the parklands of the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:17:11 pm
Okehampton Castle, Devon
A specter of a black dog can be seen at the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:17:27 pm
Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire
Lady Arundel's ghost haunts the castle grounds. She was executed after a siege by the Roundheads.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:17:38 pm
Pengersick Castle, Cornwall
A specter of a man haunts the castle. He tried to poison his wife, but the wife poisoned him first.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:17:49 pm
Pevensey Castle, Sussex
Below the castle walls a spectral army can be seen and heard.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:18:09 pm
Rochester Castle, Kent
The ghost of Lady Blanche de Warenne has been seen walking the castle battlements.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:18:20 pm
Scotney Castle, Kent
A dripping wet ghost haunts the castle. It is said that the man was a Revenue Officer murdered by smugglers.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:18:31 pm
Sherborne Old Castle, Dorset
Sir Walter Raleigh's ghost sits on the castle masonry.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:18:42 pm
Tower of London, London
In 1816, a guard saw what he described afterwards as "a shadowy bear walking up the stairs in the twilight." He lunged at it with his bayonet, which shattered against the wall. The ghostly presence walked on unaffected and the guard, having told his unlikely story to others, died of shock a few days later.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:18:52 pm
Verdley Castle, Sussex
The last wild bear killed in England haunts the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:19:02 pm
Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Queen Elizabeth I's ghost has been seen in the library.
A young guard shot and killed himself and another guard on duty saw him afterwards.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:19:14 pm
Scotland

Aldourie Castle, Inverness & Nairn
The castle is said to be haunted by a Gray Lady.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:19:25 pm
Barcaldine Castle, Argyll & Dunbartonshire
Donald Campbell was murdered on the castle grounds, and his ghost has been seen at the castle. It is believed that he is wandering in search of his killer.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:19:35 pm
Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland & Caithness
The upper floor of the castle is said to be haunted by the daughter of the 14th Earl. She had been imprisoned in the attic by her father for her wrong doings. She tried to escape from a window, but fell to her death.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:19:52 pm
Duntrune Castle, Argyll & Dunbartonshire
Coll Macdonnell had a personal score to settle with the Campbells of Duntrune. As Coll approached the castle, a piper played a warning tune. Coll turned back. The Campbells cut off the piper's hands. A handless skeleton was later found at the castle, and pipe music can still be heard in the castle.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:20:12 pm
Hermitage Castle, Borders
A neighboring chief sent a group of goodwill ambassadors to Hermitage to propose cessation of their long feud. The lord promptly put the men into a small room without food or water. All the men died and their ghosts still stalk the ruins.

http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castle94.htm


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:23:35 pm
(http://z.about.com/d/paranormal/1/0/f/l/1/castle-child-ghost.gif)

"This photo was taken in Scotland by some friends of my sister while they were touring an old castle," says Bill Eagan. "Look over the shoulder to the right of the people hugging. Best image at 200%. What do you think? Looks like a ghost of a small boy to me."
http://paranormal.about.com/b/2009/08/22/reader-photo-castle-child-ghost.htm


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:32:33 pm
(http://scienceofghosts.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/closeup1.jpg?w=300&h=290)

Investigation into world famous Castle ghost
By Richard Wiseman

Hauntings investigation
By Richard Wiseman

The Hauntings event seemed to go very well yesterday, and my thanks to all of the speakers and delegates who made it such an enjoyable experience. As part of the event, we announced the findings of our investigation into the now world-famous Castle ghost image…..

A few days before the event , Christopher Aitchison (the guy who took the original photograph), Caroline Watt (Edinburgh Uni), Alex Pryce (Edinburgh Skeptics Society), and I ventured out to Tantallon Castle to see if we could re-create the image.

Chris brought along the same camera that he had used to take the original picture and, after much experimentation, we managed to find exactly where he had been standing. By chance, the lighting conditions were almost identical to those in May 06, when the ‘ghost’ pic was snapped (as shown by the sunlight in the photos below).

We had wondered whether the ‘face’ might be a strange reflection from the rock wall at the back of the opening. It’s not. There is a large doorway to the left of the opening and at this time of year the sunlight streams in. However, it does not reflect off the back wall and there is no artificial lighting in that part of the Castle.

We also looked at the possibility of the image simply being a tourist who had wandered into the shot. There is a bit of a strange optical effect going on. Although the opening appears dark from the ground, the sunlight reflects off light coloured surfaces located in certain positions, and so gives the impression of them being illuminated in a rather strange way.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:35:08 pm
Here is a pic of the inside of the opening to give you an idea of what it is like up there….

(http://richardwiseman.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/stairs.jpg?w=400&h=267)


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:35:36 pm
Photo copyright Christopher Aitchison

I stood in loads of different places in the opening and Chris took endless shots. The original photograph, and the best of our attempts to replicate it, are shown below…

(http://richardwiseman.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/photos-final.jpg?w=450&h=337)


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:35:57 pm
Photo copyright Christopher Aitchison

I think it is a pretty good likeness. In fact, some people at the Hauntings event suggested that I looked stranger than the original ‘ghost’. Thanks for that.

In the pic on the right I am standing on a step at the back of the opening and wearing a dark jacket.

The bottom line is that the image could be the result of someone standing in the opening. It’s a long way up, and so wouldn’t be surprising if Chris hadn’t noticed someone there when he took his pic.

Obviously, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of the original image being a genuine ghost, but does provide a possible non-paranormal explanation. You pays your money and you takes your choice.


Title: Re: Castles with Ghosts
Post by: Jennifer Janusiak on September 03, 2009, 05:36:40 pm
Here is the team….

(http://richardwiseman.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/team.jpg?w=400&h=267)

Photo copyright Christopher Aitchison