Haunted: Norwich Castle, Norwich, Norfolk
Stewart | On 30, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Norwich Castle
With such a long and eventful history you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle is said to have the odd ghost or two knocking about its stone walls.
One of the more infamous apparitions to be witnessed at the castle is that of the floating skull.
It’s often seen by terrified witnesses around the keep area of the castle.
Apparently, it just appears out of thin air, floats around for a while and then totally disappears again!
Many say that the gruesome floating skull belongs to the spirit of Robert Goodale who was hung at the castle back in 1885.
His hanging went terribly wrong…
You see, he was a big man and the executioner miscalculated his weight so much that he was actually decapitated during his hanging!
So you can probably now see why people say the floating skull belongs to Robert Goodale.
Another ghostly apparition commonly witnessed at the castle is that of a Victorian lady in a black dress.
Her ghostly figure is seen in the art gallery where she apparently walks up and down admiring the paintings hung on the wall!
In fact, the art gallery area was once part of the castle’s gaol.
And many believe that the Black Lady is the spirit of Martha Alden who was hung for decapitating her husband with a billhook.
The apparition of a young lad is regularly seen by scared witnesses in the dungeon area of the castle…
His ghost is said to be that of a boy called Robert Cooper who was imprison at the castle.
He was said to have died of exhaustion by being forced to work the treadmill by the castle’s cruel prison guards!
Robert Kett was a yeoman farmer who led a rebellion that successfully stormed Norwich in 1549.
A few weeks later, the rebels were eventually defeated at the Battle of Dussindale.
Kett was tried for treason and hanged from the walls of Norwich Castle.
It’s said that terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a rotting corpse hanging in a gibbet from the castle’s walls…
That ghostly corpse is said to be the body of none other than the rebel leader himself, Robert Kett!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press