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The story of Tamworth Castle.
Tamworth Castle is located in
Staffordshire. Once an elegant and magnificent castle, which had visitors such
as King Henry I, Henry II and Edward II. Today, 15 of its rooms are open for
public viewing, which include the Great Hall, Dungeon, and the Haunted Bedroom.
The Castle has been around since the Norman Conquest in 1066 so of course;
rumors, legends, and ghostly tales have circulated and are still very strong
today. You may wonder why these tales have not gone away and the answer is quite
simple. The ghosts and eerie happenings are still present today.
Workers at the Tamworth Castle and visitors alike
have seen, heard, and felt these spooky occurrences, such as the tales below.
An article in a local newspaper in 1999 sparked an
interest in the ghosts at Tamworth Caste. An employee of the castle commented
that she experiences something weird on a daily basis that is unexplainable. One
evening, she was asked to return to the castle to allow an engineer in to reset
the alarm system that was probably disturbed by gusts of wind and to ensure no
one was robbing the place.
She entered the castle and proceeded to wait in the
reception area for the engineer. She waited for around 30 minutes and then began
to hear strange noises in the room above her. She described it like "it sounded
like some of the heavy furniture in the room upstairs scrapping across the
floor". She started feeling overwhelming presence and felt as if she did not
belong there. She jolted out the castle door to run into the engineer. He seemed
quite surprised that it was her that he was meeting. He explained that just a
few seconds prior to her running out the door, he had seen a figure in the
upstairs window. The room in which he saw the figure was the Ferrers Room, which
is the room where she had heard the furniture being moved around.
Two other staff members recalled an early morning
apparition when opening up for the day. One walked into the Tamworth Story
exhibition to be abruptly struck in the face and blinded for a few seconds, as
the other staff member walked in to see why she was bent over and wiping her
eyes, a blue mist swirled around the room and vanished out the window.
There are also two well-known ghosts at Tamworth
Castle, the Black Lady and the White Lady. The White Lady is believed to be a
woman that was captured and locked away in the Tower by Sir Tarquin. After being
a captive for a while, she learned to love Sir Tarquin. However, Sir Lancelot du
Lac came to her rescue and killed Sir Tarquin. It is believed that her ghosts
still weeps and moans over her lost love. Her ghosts along with her wails have
been heard throughout the castle.
The Black Lady as the legend goes is a nun by the name of Editha. She founded
her order in the 9th century. The nuns as the legend is told were expelled from
a convent by Robert de Marmion and the angry prayers from these nuns called
Editha back from her grave. Marmion, in 1139, was attacked by one angry ghost,
Editha, who foretold his death if the nuns were not restored to Polesworth. As
she was disappearing, she hit the Baron with her crosier and the pain was so
intense his screams awoke everyone in the castle. The pain was steady and severe
until he vowed to allow the nuns to return to Polesworth. No one knows exactly
why Editha is still haunting Tamworth Castle, but she is one of the most
frequent ghostly visitors.
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