Friday, December 30, 2011
Most Haunted Castles
Since it was built, the Castle has been embroiled in legends of suicide, witchcraft and demonic ghosts. The list of ghostly sightings reported at the Castle is huge.
However, Herne was fatally wounded and fell to the ground. At this point a strange dark man appeared and said he could cure Herne. Richard asked him to go ahead and the dark man cut the stag's head off and put it on Herne's body. The Dark Man then took Herne away to his hut on Bagshot Heath some miles away, to complete the cure. The King was so grateful to Herne that he swore that if Herne recovered he would make him his chief keeper.
The ghostly hunt's approach is presaged by flashes of lightning, wind in the tree tops, the rattling of chains and tolling of bells and the terrible din of a pack of dogs in mad pursuit. As the legend goes, if you hear the baying of the ghostly hounds in the sky, run away, because if they catch you, you too will be forced to follow Herne and his Wild Hunt, ranging across the night skies for eternity.
King Charles I has often been seen in the library and the Canon's house. Although he was beheaded during the English Revolution, his ghost is seen as a whole. It is reported that he looks exactly like his portraits.
Sir George Villiers, The first Duke of Buckingham, is said to haunt one of the bedrooms of Windsor castle.
The Deanery is haunted by a young boy who shouts, "I don't want to go riding today". It is probably his footsteps which are heard in the same building.
Ghostly footsteps are often heard on the staircase in the Curfew Tower. On one occasion, the bells began to swing on their own while the temperature became distinctly chilly.
Culzean Castle, Ayrshire scotland:
It is the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Culzean Castle was constructed as an L-plan castle by the order of the 10th Earl of Cassilis. The castle was built in stages between 1777 and 1792. It incorporates a large drum tower with a circular saloon inside (which over looks the sea), a grand oval staircase and a suite of well appointed apartments.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Scotland:
Klara Von Helfenstein
Burg Stockenfels, Germany:
Schloss Nordkirchen, Germany:
Bran Castle, Transylvania:
The Castle is linked to Prince Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler, he was dubbed so because his favorite form of torture was to impale people on tall stakes and watch as the slowly slid down the stake, suffering slowly and painfully until they died which lasted anywhere for a few hours to seven or more.
It is side that for this reason the Castle is haunted by the souls who suffered so terribly.
Dragsholm Castle, Denmark:
In connection with the Reformation, Dragsholm was passed on to the crown. As crownland during the period from 1536 to 1664, Dragsholm Castle was used as a prison for noble and ecclesiastical prisoners. In the large tower at the northeast corner of the medieval castle, prison cells were made and equipped with toilets and windows depending on the prisoner's crimes, behaviour and the seriousness of his insults towards his Majesty, the King.
In recent years, the Bottger family has managed the running of the castle after a number of minor restorations, which in addition to general conservation of the building has had the prupose of raising the level of quality of the castle as a hotel, restaurant and attraction. The hotel rooms at the castle have been refurbished and modemised, and more rooms have been added in the porter's lodge on the other side of the moat.
Numerous witnesses and psychics have claimed that there are three ghosts who are residents at the castle: a grey lady, a white lady and the Earl of Bothwell. The Earl is said to ride through the courtyard with a full horse and carriage.
He went into a violent rage and ordered his servents to lock his daughter away and imprison her within the walls of the castle.
Chillingham Castle, England:
Is a medieval castle in the village of Chillingham in northern part of Northumberland, England. It was the seat of the Grey family and their descendants the Earls of Tankerville from the 12th century until the 1980s.
The castle known to be extremely haunted. Most of the Chillingham Castle ghosts are not "tortured souls", that one might expect to find given the atrocities that went on there. Built over 800 years ago to stop the Scots from invading England. Anyone captured would find themselves in the Dungeon with its Torture Chamber, the floor of which slopes to allow the blood to drain away.
There was no escape except death and prisoners made marrks on the walls, which can still be seen, counting off the days until this merciful release from their unendurable suffering. If a prisoner was really unlucky then he came in for the attention of John Sage.
John Sage's spirit is said to haunt the castle. He was a cruel and sadistic torturer, who died about 1200, he has often been seen wandering around the castle. He used to take great pleasure in his grisly work, even devising new and imporved methods of inflicting pain on his victims. During the three years he held the job, he is said to have tortured to death over 7,500 people and killed several hundred others in various ways.
At the end of the war with Scots, wanting to rid the castle of the prisoners, he rounded up the Scottish adults and older children being held and burnt them to death in the court yard. He then took and axe, which can still be seen, and hacked to death the smaller children in the Edward room. The chandelier in that room sometimes swings by itself and people report a foul smell and strange atmosphere.
John's undoing was when he accidentally strangled his girlfriend to death during rough sex on the torture rack in the castle dungeon. Unfortunately for him his girlfriends father was a Border Reiver who said that he would gather a great army and attack the castle if Sage was not put to death. John Sage was publicly hanged from a tree in the castle grounds in front of a very large crowd. And as he slowly died, people cut off pieces of him as souvenirs. So ended the life of a truly detestable man.
Radiant Boy or Blue Boy
Is the most famous of the Chillingham castle ghosts. The sound of a young child in absolute terror or fear can be heard at the stroke of midnight in the Pink Bedroom coming from a point where a passage had been cut through the 10 foot thick walls. The sound would suddenly cease and the wraith of a young boy, dressed in blue and surrounded by a bright aura would approach the old four poster bed.
Two Lady Ghosts