Haunted: Castle Rising, Castle Rising, Norfolk
Stewart | On 01, Jul 2017
ACKERGILL TOWER CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The main ghost witnessed at the Ackergill Tower Castle is that of Helen Gunn.
Witnesses describe her ghost as a Green Lady or as a lady with black hair in a long red ball gown!
The Haunting of Castle Rising
Castle Rising was built in 1138 by William d’Aubigny II.
The castle remained within the family until 1243 when Hugh d’Aubigny died childless and the castle was passed onto Roger de Montalt.
The castle then stayed within the Montalt family until Robert Montalt sold it to the Crown in 1327.
At that time, England was controlled by Roger Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France who was ruling as regent for her young son Edward III.
Isabella briefly fell from power after her son Edward toppled Mortimer in 1330 but later enjoyed the status of being the King’s mother.
Edward granted her several royal castles including Castle Rising which she used as one of her main residences until her death in 1358.
Local legend says that at the end of Isabella life she became insane and died alone.
The upper floors of Castle Rising are said to be haunted by her mad ghost.
Shocked visitors to the castle have reported hearing Isabella’s hysterical screams and manic laughter coming from the upper floors of the castle.
Local villagers have also reported hearing her ghostly cries and mad laughter coming from the castle on quiet nights!
Today, the castle is run by English Heritage and is well worth a visit.
Chris Halton from Haunted Earth visited the castle and produced an interesting video about Castle Rising which you can view on YouTube.
Whilst filming Chris’s team mate Sean Kim was left alone in the castle where he heard some ghostly goings-on…
He could hear a man talking on the upper floor of the building and phantom footsteps walking across the wooden floorboards.
But upon investigating he couldn’t find anybody else in the castle.
At the end of the day’s shooting the Haunted Earth team concluded that the Keep forebuilding is the most active area within the castle.
They heard a ghostly woman’s voice and an unexplained tapping on the window.
Plus they smelt a strong smell of tobacco and Sean was touch by unknown entity.
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley