3 Haunted Places in Dover
Stewart | On 26, Jul 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 Drop Redoubt
The Drop Redoubt is one of two 19th century forts located on Dover’s Western Heights.
The fort was first constructed in 1804 during the Napoleonic Wars to protect Dover from an attack from the rear.
The original Drop Redoubt was a simple pentagon shape fort which could house two hundred troops.
Later in 1859 the fort’s defences were further improved following the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
During the Second World War the Redoubt housed a secret squad of commandos whose sole job was to destroy Dover Harbour if it fell into the enemy’s hands!
Like a lot of old 19th century forts up and down the country the Drop Redoubt has a reputation for being haunted…
One of the jobs of a young drummer boy who was stationed at the Western Heights garrison was to help the Quartermaster in his duties.
One day the Quartermaster asked the drummer boy to help him carry the troops pay from the bank to the garrison.
To get the money back from the bank they had to take the segregated staircase of the Grand Shaft.
The Quartermaster gave the lighter bag of notes to the drummer boy to carry whilst he himself took the heavier bags of silver and gold coins.
The drummer boy took the Grand Shaft’s staircase designated for privates whilst the Quartermaster took the sergeant’s staircase.
The boy being younger and having a lighter load to carry reached the top of the staircase first and the Quartermaster shouted out to him to wait for him.
When the Quartermaster reached the top of the staircase the boy had totally disappeared.
The drummer boy couldn’t found anywhere and the Quartermaster eventually raised the alarm thinking that the boy had stolen the money.
The next morning a search party found the headless body of the boy under the Drop Redoubt’s ramparts.
He had been murdered and the garrison pay was stolen!
Today the ghost of the drummer boy is said to haunt both the Drop Redoubt fort and the nearby Dover Castle.
The sound of his phantom drumming has been heard by spooked visitors in both locations.
And terrified witnesses have reported seeing his ghostly apparition patrolling the battlements of both buildings.
The murderer of the drummer boy was never found!
Along Crabble Hill in Dover you’ll find the Grade II listed Buckland House.
The house was built in 1823 by Thomas Horn who was the owner of the nearby Buckland Paper Mill.
Buckland House is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little boy called Jack.
Spooked witnesses have reported hearing him singing and on some occasion have actually seen his ghostly apparition.
Recently the house was left empty for a long time but the caretaker of the building reported that he would often hear Jack singing.
On a couple of occasion he actually saw his ghostly apparition coming down the stairs.
Apparently he was wearing an 19th century style blue suit!
The impressive 12th century Dover castle is the largest castle in England.
It’s believed that there’s been a fortified structure at the castle’s location since the Iron Age.
The castle is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument.
It’s run by English Heritage, so you can pay it a visit if you fancy having a look around.
The medieval castle was built by King Henry II between 1180 and 1185.
During the Napoleonic Wars at the end of the 18th century, the castle was strengthened with barrack tunnels being built underneath it.
Not only were the tunnels used in the Napoleonic Wars but they were used during the Second World War as a communication centre, air raid shelter and underground hospital.
With such a long and eventful history it’s no wonder that the castle is said to have the odd ghost or two knocking about the place…
In fact, the TV show Most Haunted conducted a live investigation from Dover Castle in December 2002!
The castle’s battlements are said to be haunted by the ghost of a drummer boy who was robbed and murdered there…
His murders were said to have actually decapitated him!
His ghost is often seen and heard drumming away throughout the castle.
The ghostly apparitions of a cavalier and also a woman in a red dress are often seen by terrified witnesses in the castle’s keep.
The secret underground tunnels are also said to be awash with ghostly servicemen from the Second World War still carrying out their war time duties.
Lorraine Sencicle (2015) Haunted Dover. The History Press