Famous Haunted Places--Arundel Castle
by Christine B.
Situated on grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex, the Arundel Castle was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The late Earl has often been seen moving about the Castle Keep. But the Earl is only one of many apparitions that still reside within this ancient English castle.
Another spirit presence is “The Lady in White.” She reportedly took her own life by jumping from one of the castle towers after a love affair took a bad turn. She has been seen dressed in white garments moving about the castle, especially on moonlit nights.
A very old soul, The Blue Man, has been seen to haunt the castle library since the 1630s. Some believe he is a former Cavalier from King Charles’ reign, due to when he first showed up.
Before the last restoration project, resident Dukes kept a colony of White American Owls at the castle; so, it’s not that strange that another unexplained occurrence at Arundel is that of a white owl fluttering at one of the windows. This is said to be an omen of the death of a resident of the castle when seen.
Another infamous specter at the castle is a young servant boy. He reportedly was treated badly while he worked at the castle and was beaten to death there. His spirit has been seen in the kitchen area, scrubbing pots and pans. This could be a residual ghost image, as no one seems to have reported seeing the young lad anywhere else in the castle.
An unknown male spirit has been seen, as well. In 1958 a footman who worked at the castle at the time reported seeing a man walking in front of him. As he approached the man he faded away before the footman’s eyes.
Arundel Castle is now the home of The Premier Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their children. The Duke is in charge of state ceremonial such as the coronation and funeral of the sovereign and such occasions as the sovereign declares shall be a state occasion. As Earl Marshal, the Duke is head of the College of Arms, founded in 1484, the official authority on heraldry and genealogy in England and Wales.
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