3 Haunted Places in Oxfordshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Blenheim Palace is a stunning country house situated near the town of Woodstock.
A little fact for you…
It’s the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace!
In 1987 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The palace was built in the early 1700s and it’s the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough.
It’s also famous for being the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.
Blenheim Palace was originally built as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
Today, the palace is the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough.
You’ll be pleased to known that it’s also opened to the public.
So you can go and have a look around this magnificent building if you fancy doing so.
Now the palace is said to have the odd ghost or two knocking about the place…
The Dean Jones Room where Winston Churchill was born is said to be haunted by an old chaplain to the first Duke of Malborough.
And, terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a Roundhead soldier from the English Civil War huddling next to the fireplace in one of the palace’s bedrooms!
Oxford Castle, Oxford
Oxford Castle is an impressive Norman medieval castle.
The medieval structures of the castle have a Grade I listing and the site is protected as a Scheduled Monument.
Oxford Castle was built by the Norman baron Robert D’Oyly the elder from 1071 to 1073…
So it’s safe to say it’s pretty old!
In the 14th century the castle fell into disrepair.
It was no longer good enough for military use so it was converted into a jail and a criminal court.
In 1577, plague broke out and court proceeding came to an end at the castle.
During the English Civil War Oxford was a Royalist town.
Unfortunately, Oxford Castle didn’t fair too well in the Civil War with large parts of it being destroyed.
After the Civil War, the castle was primarily used as the local prison and a place where execution took place.
In 1785 the castle was bought by the Oxford County Justices who built a new prison which later became HM Prison Oxford.
The prison was closed in 1996.
With such a long and dark history it’s no wonder that many locals believe that the castle is very haunted…
A ghostly apparition of a woman has been seen at the Castle Mound area, poltergeist activity has been reported in the cells, a ghostly white mist has been witnessed on one of the castle’s flights of stairs and unexplained phantoms footsteps are often heard in the corridors of the prison!
What’s more… the TV paranormal show Most Haunted investigated it!
The Bear Hotel, Woodstock
Located opposite the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock you’ll find the 13th century Bear Hotel.
The hotel is one of England’s original coaching inns which is still open to paying guests.
Over the centuries the hotel has had many important guests.
In fact, the film actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor use to like staying in the hotel’s Marlboro suite.
The Bear Hotel is said to be haunted by two ghosts…
One is said to be a female spirit and the other is of a young boy believed to be her son.
Guests and members of staff alike have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of the young boy in the hotel’s hallway.
Upset witnesses have also reported hearing phantom crying in the middle of the night coming from an empty bedroom!