3 Haunted Places in Shropshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Whittington Castle, Whittington
You’ll find Whittington Castle nestled in the north west of Shropshire on the English side of Offa’s Dyke.
Just in case you didn’t know…
Offa’s Dyke was the Norman boundary between England and Wales!
It’s though that Whittington Castle started life out as a Norman manor house which William Peverel then fortified into a motte-and-bailey castle in 1138.
Peverel’s eldest daughter Mellet inherited the castle after his death.
She then married Warin de Metz of Lorraine who founded a long line of Fitzwarines.
Whittington Castle stayed the hands of the Fitzwarines until 1420.
During the English Civil War, the castle was Royalist until the Parliamentarian Roundheads took it in 1643.
The ownership of the castle was then transferred to Fitz-Alan, Earl of Arundel who later sold it to Francis William Albany Esq.
Today, it’s owned by the Whittington Castle Preservation Fund.
It’s opened to the public for much of the year if you fancy having a look around.
With such a long history, you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle has a reputation for being haunted…
Terrified visitors to the castle have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a hooded man standing under the gateway.
Spooked witnesses have also reported seeing the eerie faces of phantom children looking out of the castle’s windows.
The Guard’s Room is said to be haunted.
So much so, that many members of staff refuse to go in there on their own!
Another of the castle’s ghostly apparition which has scared witnesses senseless is that of a phantom blacksmith wearing an old style leather apron.
Ludlow Castle, Ludlow
From one of Shropshire’s haunted castles to another…
The partly ruined Ludlow Castle is situated at a strategic point overlooking the River Teme.
It’s believed that Walter de Lacy built the Grade I listed castle in the 11th century.
In the 14th century the castle was enlarged and transferred into a palace for Roger Mortimer.
He was probably the most powerful man in England at that time!
During the War of the Roses in the 15th century, the castle became a major base for the Yorks.
After the war, the castle became a royal palace.
The Royal Welch Fusiliers were founded by Lord Herbert at Ludlow castle in 1689.
Shortly afterwards the castle was abandoned and it fell into a ruinous state.
Today, the castle is Scheduled Monument and opened to the public.
The spirit of a lady called Marion La Bruyere is said to haunt the castle.
She was the lover of the one of the castle’s historic enemies Arnold de Lys.
He would meet her and enter the castle by a rope she had lowered over the castle battlements.
One night he asked her to lower the rope.
But, his armed men climbed the rope and entered the castle killing many its inhabitants.
Feeling betrayed, Marion killed Arnold with his own sword before leaping from the Pendover Tower to her death.
Many terrified witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition not only near the Pendover Tower but also throughout the castle.
The Hanging Tower is also said to be haunted.
Many spooked visitors hear the eerie sound of a heavy breathing phantom soldier!
Fitz Manor, Montford Bridge
Fitz Manor in the Shropshire village of Montford Bridge dates back to 1450.
The original manor house was believed to be a Saxon hall house at one time.
In the 18th century the manor fell into the hands of the Bailey family who still own it today and run it as a bed and breakfast…
So, if you’re feeling brave, you can stay the night in a haunted manor house!
With such a long history, it’s no surprise that the manor has a reputation for being haunted.
So much so, that in 2003 the gang from the TV paranormal show Most Haunted just had to investigate it…
There’s a disturbing story that a homosexual priest was believed to have been crucified against the wall of the manor’s drawing room at one time.
Many frightened guests to the manor have reported hear ghostly moans and cries in that very drawing room!
Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a Victorian lady in the Red Room.
It’s said she’s been seen up to fourteen times in the last few years alone.
Her apparition has also been seen in local churchyard too!
Some people say she’s the same lady whose painting was found in the manor’s attic.
The Orange Room is another of the manor’s rooms which is said to be haunted.
On many occasions the residents have been confused after smelling the strong odour of old fashioned pipe tobacco in the room…
Nobody in the house smokes!
Some say that it’s cause by the spirit of an ex-resident who liked to smoke his pipe in the Orange Room.
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Arnos Manor Hotel
Along the Bath Road in Bristol you’ll find the Arnos Manor Hotel.
The hotel was first built as a private home for the business merchant William Reeve in 1760.
It was once a girl’s school which was run by nuns and it’s the ghost of one of these nuns that is said to haunt the hotel today.
Local legend says that a nun had committed suicide because she fell pregnant.
To hide the scandal, the other nuns bricked up her body behind a wall at the hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
The workmen who were sent in to repair the bomb damage area of the hotel uncovered a female skeleton.
Apparently, to avoid delay, the workmen just buried the bones elsewhere within the building!
Since then, poltergeist activity has taken place throughout the hotel.
Terrified guests have also witnessed a ghostly brown figure within the hotel especially within Room 160.
Guests have heard a female voice calling their name and have felt a figure pinning them down whilst they’ve slept in Room 160.