CHARLEVILLE FOREST CASTLE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
The story of Charleville Forest Castle.
Charleville Forest Castle in
Ireland was built between 1798 and 1812 for the Charleville family. The
designer, Francis Johnston and the first Earl of Charleville Charles William
Bury worked together to build an excellent castle showing the extravagant taste
of the Charleville family. It took longer than it should have to build this
unique castle, because the Charleville family was not only extravagant in their
taste but also in the fact that they lived beyond their means. Construction on
the castle would cease for awhile and then come back stronger and with even more
flamboyant creations such as the fabulous ceiling work in the dining room that
was created by William Morris, the ceiling today lives on. The castle had
periods where the family would live on the premises, but most of the time the
castle stood empty. By the 1960’s it was pretty much left abandoned.
Today, Charleville Forest Castle is owned by
Bridget Vance who is in the process of refurbishing the castle to its once
stately and magnificent stature. However, the work has not been easy, not
because of the construction but because of the ghosts. While local craftsmen are
bringing the castle back to life, so to speak, they are also awakening spirits
that remain in there. Recently, Charleville Forest Castle was given the title of
“Ireland’s spookiest castle”.
Some of the ghosts that have been awoken include
the sounds of children playing in the nursery. Once this ghostly children locked
Kate, Bridget’s daughter in the cupboard in the nursery.
Richard Hayes had decided to stay the night with the family after a party at the
castle. He made himself a pallet on the floor with his bedroll and was ready for
slumber. However, the next morning, Bridget’s children asked why their guest had
slept with his door open and the lights on in the room. Bridget came to learn
that Richard had overheard the drunken conversation of two older English men,
which because of their speech had to be from another era.
Appearances of ghosts cannot be forgotten,
Harriet’s ghost is still in the castle where she lost her life. She had gone
upstairs to wash her hands, wearing a blue chiffon dress, on her back down the
stairs, she was playing as any child would on the winding staircase, and
however, as she was sliding down the banister she fell to her death. Many have
seen her playing on the staircase as if she was still coming down the stairs as
she did so many years ago.
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