Haunted: The Peacock Hotel, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Stewart | On 11, Sep 2017
The Haunting of the Peacock Hotel
Chez has sent me her ghost stories of events which happened to her and her brother when they were kids whilst they lived at the Peacock Hotel in Shrewsbury…
Years ago my parents had the Peacock Hotel in Shrewsbury.
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
I was approximately 12 years old when I saw my first apparition.
I was sleeping in one of the bedrooms one night and something made me wake up.
Normally by my bed there was a little red cloth chair but strangely it turned into a large ornately carved wooden chair with a ‘King Henry VIII’ type looking figure sitting in it staring down at me.
He was a large man, adorned in some sort of uniform as he had a thick belt buckle running diagonal across his chest.
He was very hairy, full beard/moustache, longish wavy hair and I’ll always remember those little ‘piggy’ eyes piercing into mine… I just hid under the covers in fear until I went to sleep.
A while later (can’t remember the time scale) my Nan who used the other bedroom sadly passed away so we (3 kids) had a room change and I got Nan’s old room.
Again a similar experience happened but this time I was rudely woken by someone pulling the duvet off me.
I looked up and saw your traditional ‘grey lady’ by my bed!
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
I grabbed my duvet and pulled it back over me terrified again I hid until I slept.
Again I have forgotten the time scale but my brother had gone out with a group of mates (one of which is my brother in law now) but before he left he undid the bolt on the cellar door where the dray men dropped the casks.
On returning from their night out we were all in bed and the pub was shut.
Naughty brother and pals entered the pub via the cellar hatch and made their way to the bar (Dad had no alarms).
They were having a few beers round the bar and in those days before the pub got altered you could see right through to the lounge if you sat at a certain position in the bar.
All of a sudden Jimmy (Bro) saw a lady walk through the lounge and come out somewhere by the dart board area in the bar, when he asked the other lads if they had seen the same, they acknowledged they saw the same woman and just carried on drinking.
When I asked Jim to describe what he saw it was the same description of the woman who pulled my duvet off me.
I would like to thank Chez for sending me her stories and for giving me permission to share her stories with you.
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is 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!