Nestled in the northern most part of Northumberland, in the village of Chillingham is a castle that is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of the the United Kingdom. Chillingham castle has a history that covers every from torture, to a broken romance that causes the ethereal residents to remain.
It’s rumored that almost ninety percent of the people who entered Chillingham castle, never came out.
The castle came into existence as a tower in the mid 13th century. Later it became a fully fortified castle around 1344. The castle was constantly under attack due to it’s strategic location during the Northumberland Border Wars, which were extremely bloody. The castle never fall, but it required constant repairs from attacks.
In the dungeon of this fortress, prisoners would find an array of torture devices. The rack, an iron maiden, spike chair, and and oubliette. At the bottom of this hole are the remains of a young girl who was the last to die in the oubliette. On the walls markings are etched into the mortar ticking off the days a prisoner had to live.
But it’s the ethereal residents of that make this castle the one of the most haunted. It is said that in the “Pink Room” when it turned midnight, there wuld be cries of pain from a child. When the screams would fade, observers have stated that they have seen a boy dressed in a blue appear. While no one knows his name, he was given a proper burial when his remains were found within the bedroom wall.
Another good haunt of this place is the Lady Mary Berkley. It is said that she roams the halls of the castle and the rustle of her silken dress can be heard and the feeling of cold as if she past through someone. Lady Mary’s husband, Lord Grey of Wark and Chillingham left her for her sister Lady Henrietta. Lady Mary was left along in the castle with only her baby daughter for company.
There are also other hauntings reported within the castle walls as well. The pantry ghost is one. Legend has it that a woman appeared begging for water to a guard in a small inner pantry where the silver was stored. Thinking it was a castle guest, he turned to get her some water. A moment later he realized he locked in the room and no one could enter. When he turned back to the woman to question how she got there, she was gone. She still appears to visitors and actual residents of the of the castle, always begging water. Which would suggest that she was poisoned.
It’s also been reported that there are voices in the chapel. Two men speaking, but the moment you try too hard to decipher what they are trying to say, the voices disappear.
Whether these accounts are true or not, remains to be seen. But if people who have never met each other report the same thing, shouldn’t there be some credit of truth in their story. Until next time…
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