Haunted: Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Stewart | On 01, Sep 2017
The Haunting of Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle is an impressive Norman medieval castle.
The medieval structures of the castle have a Grade I listing and the site is protected as a Scheduled Monument.
Oxford Castle was built by the Norman baron Robert D’Oyly the elder from 1071 to 1073…
So it’s safe to say it’s pretty old!
In the 14th century the castle fell into disrepair.
It was no longer good enough for military use so it was converted into a jail and a criminal court.
In 1577, plague broke out and court proceeding came to an end at the castle.
During the English Civil War Oxford was a Royalist town.
Unfortunately, Oxford Castle didn’t fair too well in the Civil War with large parts of it being destroyed.
After the Civil War, the castle was primarily used as the local prison and a place where execution took place.
In 1785 the castle was bought by the Oxford County Justices who built a new prison which later became HM Prison Oxford.
The prison was closed in 1996.
With such a long and dark history it’s no wonder that many locals believe that the castle is very haunted…
A ghostly apparition of a woman has been seen at the Castle Mound area, poltergeist activity has been reported in the cells, a ghostly white mist has been witnessed on one of the castle’s flights of stairs and unexplained phantoms footsteps are often heard in the corridors of the prison!
What’s more… the TV paranormal show Most Haunted investigated it!