Most Spooky Castle (2017): Chillingham Castle, England
This years winner of the most spooky castle award goes to
Chillingham Castle in England. Chillingham Castle is one of the worlds most
haunted castles known for its many ghosts and rare cows (not ghost cows for
anyone wondering). It was originally built in the 12th century as a
monastery. Eventually it became a royal castle in 1344 where it occupied a
strategic position during Northumberland’s bloody border feuds. Visitors to the
castle included King Henry III, King Edward I, James I, Charles I, and the
infamous Henry VIII. During WWII the castle was used as a barracks until a
baronet purchased the estate and restored it to its former glory. Today the
castle is surrounded by a park which is the home to about 90 rare wild cows.
Other than being known for its cows, the castle is well known for its ghosts.
One of the most famous ghosts in the castle is that of the
“Radiant Boy.” This spirit is a young child who can be seen floating around the
Pink Room. His cries can be heard echoing throughout the hallways at the stroke
of midnight. For a while the cries seemed to come from a spot where there is a
passage cut into the wall into the adjoining tower. As the cries disappeared a
white light would appear and the figure of a young boy dressed in blue would
approach those within the room. While the room was undergoing renovations, the
bones of a young child, surrounded by fragments of blue cloth, were found
within the walls. The bones were removed and given a proper burial. For a while
the Blue Boy was seen no longer. However once the room was rented out again to
weary travelers, reports of a blue flash shooting out of the wall began to
Another ghost seen within the castle is the White Pantry
Ghost. At one point in time the Castles silver was stored in what was known as
the The Inner Pantry. One night while a guard was guarding the silver he was
approached by a very pale woman in white begging him for water. Thinking it was
a castle guest, the guard turned to get the water. At this point he remembered
that he was locked in the room and that no on else could have possibly entered.
This same figure is still seen begging for water today. It is thought that, due
to the nature of her begging for water, she had died from poisoning.
The ghost of the former Lady Berkeley can be heard walking
through the castle corridors. In life Lady Berkeley was the wife of Lord Grey.
However, Lord Grey ran off with her own sister, Lady Henrietta. As a result
Lady Berkeley was left abandoned in the castle. Today visitors can hear the
rustle of her dress as she walks along. Visitors also note a cold chill when
she goes past.
There are many other spirits to haunt the castles. Those who
stay overnight in the chambers have reported feeling uneasy and as if something
were watching them. In the Chapel the voices of two men talking are often
heard. No one knows what they are saying as the words are impossible to make
out and they stop talking if one tries to seriously listen. Also, at night in
the Courtyard people have reported seeing figures and walking shadows.