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.
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.
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: 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.