Haunted: Dudley Castle, Dudley, West Midlands
Stewart | On 04, Sep 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
The Hauntings of Dudley Castle
The Grade I listed Dudley Castle dates back to 1070.
It’s believed that the first castle built at Dudley by Ansculf de Picquigny was most likely a wooden construction.
The first stone building was built by the Paganel family but was demolished in 1173 after the failed rebellion against King Henry II.
In the late 13th century the castle was rebuilt by the Somery family.
During the English Civil War, the castle was Royalist but was lost to the Parliamentarians forces in 1646.
The Parliamentarians then partly destroyed the castle in 1647 which together with a fire in 1750 has left the castle in the ruinous state you see today.
In 1937, the castle grounds were incorporated into the Dudley Zoo.
The castle is said to be one of the most haunted places in the Midlands…
The most infamous ghost said to haunt it is that of the Grey Lady.
She’s believed to be the spirit of Dorothy Beaumont who died at the castle shortly after child birth.
Her ghostly apparition is often seen by the Castle Keep and in the castle’s pub which is called the Grey Lady Tavern after her!
The chapel undercroft is said to be the castle most haunted area.
Eerie sounds, being prodded by unknown entities and ghostly shadowy figures have all been reported by scared witnesses in the chapel undercroft.
By the stone coffin in the Ancient Room, witnesses have seen phantom legs which some people believed belong to John Somery whose body was once held in the coffin.
During the English Civil War, it’s said that a young drummer boy was killed by a single musket bullet during a skirmish.
Today, his ghost is said to roam the castle grounds whilst drumming away madly!