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Tuesday, 28 September 2010
On this day 28th September 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was executed
Sherborne Castle, which lies close to the former Old Castle, was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, and was the only residence in which he found peace and happiness. It is perhaps for this reason that his spirit returns to the castle every year on this day, the eve of the feast of St. Michael, and of his execution at London in 1618 after his arrest and imprisonment in the Tower of London as a conspirator to King James I. Sir Walter Raleigh's ghost is said to walk beneath the trees in the castle grounds before sitting on the stone seat named after him. It was here in his former life that he would smoke the tobacco he was famed for introducing to England.