"Darcy and Fitzwilliam"
All right, boys and girls. You've locked up your black cat named Edna, gorged yourself on the children's Trick or Treat candy, bolted the doors and turned out the lights. Now...gather around the fireplace...if you dare...hear the moans and squeals.
It's Halloween night - time for the ghosties, ghoulies, and one or two crazed axe murderers to end your peaceful existence and disturb your sleep.
The shear number of hauntings in this town makes it famous, no less than twelve. It's amazing they
all don't bump into one another.
First, there is The Screaming Man. The terrible screams that are heard in the area of the Brickworks belong to a man working there who was smothered to death when a wall of clay collapsed on him.
The Fright Corner Ghosts.
At Pinnock Crossings there are two famous sightings. One is The Highway Man who, although very scary, was not very bright. He would hide in the same hollowed out tree over and over again to ambush passers by. The villagers grew weary of it, ended that nonsense pretty permanently by hanging him from that very tree.
The second Pinnock Crossing wanderer is The Watercress Woman,
a gypsy who burned to death smoking in bed.
Some things never change, do they?
The Haunted Coach and Horses. This spectral conveyance has been seen by several people over the years. By the Pinnock Crossroads, the spooky four horse vehicle was last seen wandering the village in the mid-1990's.
Pluckley's Haunted Church of St. Nicholas. Banging coming from the basement and flickering lights within the church - is it the spirit of Lady Dering?
This darling was buried within seven coffins in the hope that her mortal remains would not decay.
Could be she's unhappy with the results, after all, you can't keep a good woman down,
or away from her mirror.
Or, could she be the Red Lady or the White Lady who have been seen, wandering the churchyard?
And then yet another female ghost, this one seen dressed in mid 20th century clothes, can't stay put in one place.
Pluckley's Haunted Pub - The Black Horse, built in the 1400's, is very popular with ghost hunters, as one can imagine! The spectre here is very mischievous, delights in moving things, hiding things. It has even locked the landlady out a few times, and then there is a room upstairs (always in a spooky house there is a spooky room upstairs!) where dogs refuse to enter and where a young girl saw
'a nice lady in a red dress' wander about.
The Phantom Schoolteacher. In 'Dick Buss Lane', in the 1800's, the body of a schoolmaster was found, the man hanged himself from a tree, then began haunting the area.
He was last seen by an author (suspicious, if you ask me) in the 1960's
wearing an old coat and pants with stripes. The ghost was, not the author.
Most Evil - Chillingham Castle
Built over 800 years ago to stop the Scots from invading England, anyone
unfortunate enough to be captured was placed within the
Chillingham Castle dungeon, to be tortured to death. Today, scratch marks on the walls can be seen
as the poor souls imprisoned there counted off their days,
awaiting that blessed release.
John Sage was the Castle torturer; he loved his job a bit too much. He died around the year 1200 after performing over 7,500 torturings (is there even such a word?) At the end of the war with the Scots, wanting to rid the castle of prisoners, Sage rounded up the adults and older children, led them into the courtyard and set fire to them, then he took an axe and hacked to death the younger children in the Edward room. The chandelier there still swings for no reason and the air is foul. His own fatal mistake was choking to death his mistress as they made love on The Rack. What a guy. Her father gathered an enthusiastic lynch mob who hanged John from the courtyard tree, then proceeded to hack pieces from him as he died.
Somehow I feel no pity.
The Blue Boy is the most famous castle ghost. Also known as The Radiant Boy, he could be heard screaming in terror at the stroke of midnight in the vicinity of the pink bedroom. He would eventually make his way through the wall and approach the big four poster bed then disappear. In the 1920's a passageway cut into ten foot thick walls was discovered leading to the bedroom and the bones of a child dressed in blue were found and buried in the nearby churchyard.
The Blue Boy was seen no more.
A Chillingham Ghost still seen today haunting the pantry is frail and dressed in white ; she is believed to have been poisoned. A guard who slept near the pantry to guard the silver was awakened by a woman he assumed was a guest. She requested water. When he turned to get her a glass she disappeared.
Lady Mary Berkeley is another Chillingham Castle ghost. She is only heard, not seen, with the rustle of her gowns announcing her arrival. It is said that her husband ran off with her sister, leaving Lady Mary alone with only their child.
Most Notorious Address - 50 Berkeley Square
Home of the British Prime Minister, George Canning, 50 Berkeley Square it is not famous for the ghosts, but famous for the deaths caused by the ghost haunting
There were two separate deaths supposedly caused from sheer terror, both related to a particular upper room of the house. One death was that of Sir Robert Warboys who accepted a challenge to sleep alone in the famously haunted room. At midnight, his friends and the owner of the Inn heard him ringing a bell they had purposefully left him to summon help. At first there was a gentle ringing; it soon grew frantic. Then they heard a gun shot. Sir Robert was found cowering and screaming in a corner, shivering with fright. He could not speak, he had lost his mind, and died shortly thereafter.
The second death was of a sailor, one of two who, unknowing of the danger, stayed in the same room at 50 Berkeley Square. They chose the upstairs room (never a good idea in a spooky place) at random. At midnight they heard heavy footsteps, ominous that, then they smelled a terribly foul odor. The door suddenly crashed open. In the doorway stood a huge quivering black mass. Pure evil. One of the sailors escaped but his friend did not.
He was found in the morning, impaled on the fence below.
Today, the house is relative quiet and quivering mass free.
It's a bookstore.
Most Royal Ghosts -
Everyone who was anyone in British royalty haunts Windsor Castle, starting with the big man himself, Henry VIII. Henry can be heard in the Cloisters, moaning and dragging the ulcerated leg
behind him, the cause of his eventual death. Buried at Windsor Castle in a vault within St. James Chapel, he lies forever with third wife, Jane Seymour, his great love.
Also in the vault, close by, is Charles I, who is often seen haunting the Canon's House. It is said he looks exactly like his portrait.
Elizabeth I, Henry's equally famous daughter, haunts the royal library. Her high heels can been heard passing through and into the inner room. She's also been seen in the Dean's Cloisters, although she isn't buried at Windsor, but at Westminster Abbey. Always wearing black, with a black shawl, it's this spirit that a member of the present royal family has admitted to seeing.
Poor old George III is buried at Windsor where he haunts the room below the library, a room where he was imprisoned during his "madness." Guardsmen have occasionally been shocked to see him staring from the window.
Hern the Hunter, the most famous Windsor Castle ghost, haunts Windsor Great Park. He was a huntsman favored by King Richard II. One day the king injured a stag who, enraged (and rightly so) turned on the king and on Hern. The huntsman threw himself before the stag and saved the king's life. The other huntsmen were jealous of the king's favor so Richard dismissed the man. Depressed, Hern went into the forest and hanged himself, and there is where his spirit remains. In 1962 a group of youths found a hunting horn, blew it, and were surprised by the ghost of Hern himself, riding a black horse. The children, not surprisingly, ran for their lives.
Raynham Hall Ghost
The Brown Lady
The York Romans
See if you can spot the ghost in this commerical -
it goes past pretty quickly...