English history

Paranormal stories from England’s buildings: part 7

Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneased feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.

England has many buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. I’ve researched multiple stories last year, for no real purpose. So, I suddenly decided to turn it into a series! In several parts, I’ll be telling all paranormal stories and the history of England’s buildings! Today: part 7!

1. Dunster Castle (Somerset, England)

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Dunster Castle is full of ghosts and those that work at this ancient Norman fortress report many strange experiences. Some seem only perceptible to dogs. In the area of the 17th-century stable block (which is now a shop) staff members say they saw a man dressed in green walking through, to suddenly disappear without a trace. Some saw a mysterious green light across the shop, before disappearing. Some visitors claimed to feel a menacing, uncomfortable ambience and mood. Some then asked directly if someone was murdered here. In the stock room, displays fall over without any obvious reason. Unopened boxes were found in the back, seemingly ruined by a mysterious brown, sticky ‘gunge.’ In the Blue Kitchen, an employee got scared when a disembodied, naked human foot appeared in front of him. Some others reported having heard men’s voices and loud footsteps at night in certain areas of the castle. Of course, those areas are empty. One employee said she was confronted by the apparition of a man in ‘an old fashioned military uniform. She discovered later that it was a dormitory for troops during the Civil War. The most unusual ghost story from Dunster Castle concerns the remains of a seven-foot-tall prisoner that was found manacled by the wrists and ankles, along with several other skeletons in a dungeon beneath the Gatehouse. Even in daylight, this place is dark and gloomy. Dogs seem particularly troubled by some kind of presence near to where the bodies were found and refuse to climb the steps.

2. Felbrigg Hall (Norfolk, England)

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Former Felbrigg Hall resident William Windham III was obsessed with books. Most of the stories associated with the Norfolk house relate to him. He seems to still visit his magnificent library at Felbrigg to read all the books he couldn’t read whilst he was alive. He inherited the Hall in 1749. In 1809, a fire broke out in a friend’s London library. William couldn’t bear to see the books burn and risked his life rescuing precious volumes. He was badly injured due to the flames and died a few weeks later. Staff report seeing William sitting at the library table or relaxing in a library chair while reading his books. However, the ghost seems to only appear when a particular combination of books is placed on the library table.

3. Treasurer’s House (York, England)

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Many people have seen the ghosts of Roman soldiers in the cellars. A retired policeman named Harry Martindale worked as an engineer before he joined the police. When he was 18, he was installing a central heating boiler in the cellars. Suddenly, he heard the sound of a trumpet and saw the top of a soldier’s helmet emerging from the wall. While he was working on the same wall. He almost fell from his ladder as behind him, a trumpet player plodded a horse. And about twenty soldiers walking around carrying lances, round shields and short swords. According to Harry, the men looked tired and dirty. He an upstairs, terrified. Later, archaeological research revealed evidence of a Roman road – 18 inches below the current cellar floor.

4. Alnwick Castle (Northumberland, England)

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Legend has it that a man, who served the lord of Alnwick Castle, suspected his wife of having an affair. He wanted to catch her in the act of doing, so he climbed onto the roof and fell to his death (breaking his neck). Despite being buried, the man was spotted around the town. When illnesses spread and livestock began dying, the locals started to suspect the man. They dug up his corpse to find it engorged with blood. Once the body was disposed of, the illnesses mysteriously stopped. To this day, the man is known as the Alnwick Vampire. The name derived from medieval chronicler William of Newburgh, who used the term ‘bloodsucker’ to describe the man.

5. Springhill House (Ballindrum, Ireland)

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A sad, tormented soul seems unable to rest because he has appeared many times to staff and visitors (particularly children). In 1816, a seriously depressed George Lenox-Conyngham committed suicide leaving his second wife Olivia and his children behind. She had to live with the guilt and grief of being unable to save her husband from his demons. Now you think his ghost is roaming the house, but it’s actually hers. Most consider Olivia a benign presence, particularly fond of children and often choosing to appear to the youngest in the house at the time being. Most of those sighings seem to take place during the day as they see her walking through the house. Sometimes though, she stands on the stairs, doing nothing. Her haunting seems to be peaceful. There’s only one slightly unsettling story relating to a wooden cot that Olivia used for her children. During WOII, US soldiers complained because they heard strange knocking noises coming from the night nursery. They asked for the cot to be removed. As it was loaned to the Armagh Museum, the knocking stopped. As the war ended, the cot returned and the phantom knocking was heard once again.

That’s it for part 7! Which story had you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?

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