3 Haunted Places in Staffordshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Tamworth Castle, Tamworth
The Grade I listed Tamworth Castle dates back to the Norman period.
It’s situated on the River Tame in the market town of Tamworth.
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
The castle is one of the best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in England…
After Windsor Castle, it has the second largest motte in England!
The castle was first owned by Robert Despenser who was a steward to William the Conqueror.
The castle was then passed onto his brother’s daughter who married into the Marmion family.
The castle stayed in the Marmion family for many generations until in 1294 when it was passed onto the Freville family.
During the English Civil War the castle was captured by parliamentary forces.
After the war, the castle had many residents, today it’s owned by Tamworth Borough Council.
Now, you’ll be pleased to know that Tamworth Castle is opened to the public so you can have a day out there if you fancy.
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
In 2004 the team from the paranormal TV show Most Haunted investigated the castle due to its reputation for being very haunted…
The long gallery on the second floor of the castle has a strange tale to tell.
Two workmen in the room witnessed a ghostly figure approach them.
One was momentary blinded by the phantom figure whilst the other workman witnessed it disappear through the room’s window in a haze of blue mist!
A ghostly apparition of a lady in a long white dress has been seen by terrified witnesses in the bedroom on the second floor.
The same ghostly figure has also been seen by the castle’s battlements…
She said to be weeping!
Legend says that the lady in the white dress committed suicide by jumping from the battlements to her death.
On the first floor staircase witnesses often hear the voices of two phantom men talking.
A ghostly apparition of a Black Lady said to be the nun St Editha is often seen on the stairs in the small hours of the morning.
There’s actually photograph from the 1940s which shows this Black Lady apparition on the stairs!
Sinai Park House, Burton-on-Trent
The Grade II* listed Sinai Park House is a timber-framed building which dates back to the 15th century.
At one time it was owned by the monks of Burton Abbey and used as a sanatorium.
One of Henry VIII’s chief ministers, William Paget, took ownership of the house after it had been used as a hunting lodge for many years.
It remained in the Paget family hands for over four hundred years!
After the Paget family, the house was the resident to RAF personnel for a short time.
Sadly, part of the house is in a bad state today…
In fact, two of the wings are on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register!
The good news is that the northeast wing was restored by the present owner who has now progressed onto the other wings.
Sinai Park House has a reputation for being very haunted.
In 2005, the team from Most Haunted investigated Sinai Park House for Series 6…
A ghostly apparition of dark hooded an old monk is often seen by terrified witnesses in the first floor guest’s room and in the hallway outside the room.
The apparitions of a coach and horses as well as a hay cart have been witnessed outside the property too.
Also, a ghostly scene dating from the English Civil War of Roundheads and Cavaliers fighting next to the moat bridge in the dead of night has been seen by scared witnesses!
Sticking to the civil war theme…
Phantom Parliamentarian soldiers have been seen warming themselves by the fireplace in the house.
An apparition of a man in 18th century clothing has also been seen in the corner of the same room!
The ghost of the Henry Paget, who owned the house at one time, has been seen in the Drawing Room by frightened witnesses.
And finally, there’s the ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady has been seen both in and around the house.
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton
The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a working museum which opened its doors to the public back in 1974.
But, the actual pottery complex dates back to 1787!
The Gladstone Pottery Museum is located in Longton and is a good example of a pottery from the industrial revolution.
A lot of paranormal activity has been reported at the museum by both members of staff and visitors alike…
The ghostly apparitions of Victorian workers have been seen in the courtyard by terrified witnesses.
And, many apparitions of both men and women are often witnessed in the Doctor’s House too!
In the 1910 office many people have seen the apparition of a man with grey hair.
Some of the museum’s members of staff don’t like to go into the room alone due to the past incidences of object being thrown at them by unseen hands.
The Colour Gallery is said to be the most haunted part of Gladstone Pottery with lots of poltergeist activity being reported in there by witnesses who have been half scared to death.
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!