Halloween: Psychic World reveals the most haunted places in the Northeast
HAUNTED NORTH EAST: Chillingham Castle, TripAdvisor’s ‘most haunted historic castle’ (Image: Chillingham Castle)
A literary correspondent for Psychic World has compiled a list of the most haunted places in the Northeast to visit this Halloween.
In a country teeming with haunted sites, the Northeast has its fair share of stories and ghostly places. It has a history covered in blood, eerie woods and hills that evoke tingling sensations, with a region rich in wandering spirits and dark ghost stories.
From ghostly soldiers to heartbroken ladies trapped in majestic castles, paranormal enthusiasts are spoiled for choice when seeking spooky apparitions and inexplicable experiences.
Whether you’re looking to spend an all-nighter in a hotel with transient, transcendent, gratuitous boarders levitating along the hallways or sip a translucent specter beer in a medieval pub, the North East will satisfy all your petrifying demands.
Originally a 12th-century monastery, the medieval fortress in the village of Chillingham has recently gained the unenviable reputation of being home to the most ghosts after topping the list of ‘most haunted historic castles’ in TripAdvisor. Home to the spirit of a Spanish witch who is said to curse anyone who steals anything and a betrayed woman (Lady Mary Berkeley) – who sometimes emerges from her portrait dressed in grey, there is undoubtedly an unsettling atmosphere to inside its chambers and dungeons.
The castle’s most famous ghost, however, is probably the Blue Boy, a walled child living in blue clothes, whose skeleton was found inside a ten-foot-thick wall during renovations. Guests have reported seeing flashes of blue light above their beds and bedroom walls. Want to spend the night?
To give you an idea of the fascination of this castle, JK Rowling stayed here for inspiration while working on her famous Harry Potter books. No wonder brides and grooms choose it as an atmospheric venue for their grand Northumberland weddings.
Langley Castle, now a hotel, has had creepy guests for centuries. The ghost inhabiting the grounds may be Maud De Lucy, widow of Sir Thomas, who built the tower in 1350. Devastated by the news of her husband’s death at the Battle of Shrewsbury, Maud jumped out of the highest window in the castle . She had ensured that her soul mate returned from the war.
Guests met Maud sobbing and mumbling Sir Thomas’ name repeatedly, then throwing herself out of the same window as tears streamed down her cheeks.
The Old George Inn
Royalty is said to haunt Newcastle’s former coaching inn. In 1646 the Scots held King Charles I prisoner in nearby Anderson Square; sometimes the man was allowed, temporarily, to leave his cell and regularly made quick visits to Old George for a drink.
To this day, the pub retains the chair the King sat on when he needed refreshments, and patrons believe they have seen Charles settle comfortably into the chair as a grayish mist.
Newcastle Castle Keep
Arguably one of Newcastle’s most iconic landmarks, the 12th-century castle keep is the city’s oldest building. Her age guarantees the presence of ghosts and spirits, one of which is the so-called ‘Poppy Girl’ – a florist imprisoned in the castle who eventually died on the spot.
Visitors have spotted her wandering the building, her appearance often accompanied by the smell of fresh flowers. But not all ghosts residing on the premises are so innocent and harmless.
Psychic World correspondent Matthew Hutton interviewed a member of staff at the Newcastle Castle keep, who said “he was knocked to the ground by an unseen force and scratched in the leg, causing a wound so deep that ‘it needed stitches’.
With over 100 residents, this pretty Northumberland village has a poetic name but a spooky past, traceable from the churchyard.
The monks of Blanchland were preparing to defend themselves against fierce outlaws ready to ransack their abbey, but a thick fog covered the valley and confused the offenders. Seeing this as divine intervention, the monks started ringing the bells to celebrate the divine miracle.
Unfortunately, the chime caught the looters’ attention and helped them locate the abbey, where they eventually killed the monks. From the day of the massacre, the funeral rings in the distance and the indefinite silhouettes of the murdered brothers strangely fill the cemetery.
The ship Isis
A popular stopover for local paranormal investigators, this Sunderland pub is haunted by the ghost of serial killer Mary Ann Cotton and some of her 21 poisoned victims. Among them are two of the murderer’s children, whom she allegedly buried in the basement of the pub.
With disembodied screams and screams filling the bar and sudden appearances of a woman in Victorian-era clothing, visitors may end up spilling a drink or two.
Marsden Grotto sits at the foot of the limestone cliffs of Marsden Bay and is a strong contender for Britain’s most haunted pub. With mysterious bare footprints on the bar floor that won’t fade and spooky knocking sounds coming from the basement, it’s no wonder the place is full of spirits.
As if spooky noises and sightings of fully formed ghosts weren’t enough, Marsden Bay might be hiding a sea monster called “the Shoney.”
The Moor of the City
Famous for the Hoppings – Europe’s largest traveling funfair, which visits Newcastle every June – this 150-acre area on the outskirts of the city center was once the site of the city’s gallows. The executioners hanged hundreds of people on this stretch of land, 16 of them for witchcraft.
As visitors run among cows in preparation for the Great North Run, they shouldn’t be surprised to hear incorporeal screams or spot shadowy figures striding past.
Over 500 years ago, Flodden Field staged the bloodiest battle in English history, with 14,000 fighters losing their lives in the space of three hours.
Given the scale of such carnage, it’s no surprise to find that visitors have recorded unexplainable activity in the area. Ghosts of fallen soldiers from both factions are sometimes heard and seen re-enacting the devastating clash.
The Lit and Phil Society
With shelves containing an impressive number of books on ghosts, folklore and the supernatural, dating back to the 17th century, the Literary and Philosophical Society hosts at least 16 specters who roam freely on its three floors.
From CCTV footage of emergency exit doors suddenly opening by themselves to the sounds of people coughing and book pages turning, this is probably the only library where visitors would be happy to be surrounded and disturbed by familiar human noises.
Theater of Royalty
We conclude our haunted tour with the Royalty Theater in Sunderland. Originally built as a church in the 19th century and used as a hospital during World War I, the theater enjoys poltergeist activity, with eerie footsteps on stage and backstage.
If visitors attend a performance and notice a pale person behind them, it may be a spirit. Guests reported a ghost sitting at the back of the theater auditorium.
Submitted by Langley Castle
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