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Saturday, 27 June 2009

English Heritage reveals most haunted sites

From riderless horses disappearing through castle walls mischievous spirits apparently barging into visitors, English Heritage has compiled a new survey of "hauntings" and unexplained events recorded at its sites.

The so-called “spectral stocktake” reveals a series of mysterious occurrences, many of which have prompted investigations by staff.

Some incidents are said to have led staff to resign. At one castle, employees have established protocols on how to deal with suspected sightings of ghosts or unexplained events.

One medieval palace is even said to be haunted by a former member of staff.

Many of the events involve staff and visitors seeing mysterious figures, while others involve complaints that people were pinched or pushed, when there was nobody standing near them. Some reports involve items being moved around sites.

At Castle Rising, a 12th century keep in Norfolk, which was once the exile place of Queen Isabella, widow – and alleged murderess – of Edward II, “paranormal investigators” were called in by staff to conduct tests following sightings by visitors, many of whom claimed to have seen figures dressed in monks’ clothes.

Others said they had been pushed or nudged while looking around.

Norman Fahy, head custodian, said: “The most common phenomenon seems to be people getting pushed about. They seem to be prodded and poked. We seem to get these reports about once a week.”

Similar accounts of visitors complaining about being barged into, pinched or even slapped while there is apparently no-one around them have been made at Portland Castle, in Dorset, and Scarborough Castle, in Yorkshire, which, according to legend, is haunted by the ghost of Piers Gaveston, the favourite of Edward II.

Read More: Source - The Telegraph 27th June 2009

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