Arundel Castle - Mill Road, Arundel, UK
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N 50° 51.277 W 000° 33.139
30U E 672278 N 5636512
Quick Description: The magnificent Arundel Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument located in Arundel in West Sussex. The castle has been here for almost 1000 years and has had its fair share of historical events. Four ghosts are thought to reside here.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/23/2015 12:52:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMPV8Y
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
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Long Description:

The co-ords are for the visitor entrance to the grounds where an entrance fee is payable. The most expensive adult ticket is £18.

The Fringe Paranormal blog tells us about the ghosts of Arundel Castle:

Arundel Castle, located in West Sussex, England, is believed to be the home of four otherworldly beings who have called the castle home for centuries. Each alleged spirit has its own history, which has been told throughout the decades. The imposing structure looks like a scene right out of medieval history books, which somehow seems fitting considering the stories its paranormal profile hints at. As the years go by, remnants of Arundel Castle’s past seem to cling to it, regardless of any changes that occur around or within it.

The History of Arundel Castle

The castle was founded in 1067 on Christmas day. It underwent many renovations and expansions throughout the medieval era. The Empress Matilda was a guest for a long period during her journey to claim the English crown. In 1139, apartments of stone were added to the structure to house the Empress and her attendees. Over thirty years later, in 1176, Arundel Castle became property of the crown after the death of William d’Aubigny. During this time, Henry II spent significant resources restructuring the castle. Arundel passed on to Richard the Lionheart after the death of Henry II.

It continued to change hands through the decades, becoming a possession of Richard, the seventh Earl’s five year old son, in 1272. Just thirteen years after, Richard was granted the right to collect taxes and hold two fairs each year at the castle by Edward I. Today, most of the castle and surrounding grounds have been opened up to the public.

The Four Ghosts of Arundel

Stories have circulated that Arundel Castle is home to four lingering apparitions, however some report that there are far more than these four present. One is believed to be the first Earl of Arundel himself, who was responsible for the original construction of the castle. He is said to roam the keep, possibly watching over the structure he played such a significant role in founding.

A second spirit seems to hail from a more common story. It is believed that a young woman committed suicide by leaping from Arundel’s Hiornes tower (positioned behind the castle within Arundel Park) after her love affair ended tragically. The story claims that grief pushed her to commit the act however she still remains and is sometimes reported as a woman dressed in white. The figure is said to appear most often during moonlit nights.

The Blue Man is the third noted ghost said to still reside in Arundel Castle. He seems to favor the library and has been reported since the 1630s. Considering the time period, some believe he may be a Cavalier from the period of King Charles I. It is assumed that he may be the ghost of someone who once lived in the castle.

The fourth and final spirit often noted at Arundel is not of the human variety. Reports have been made that a strange spirit resembling a white bird, very similar in size and shape to an owl, is sometimes seen in one of the windows. The owl has earned a bit of a stigma as a sort of harbinger of death because each time it appeared, there was a death of either someone who lived in the castle or an individual closely tied to the building and its inhabitants.

Along with these four, another unearthly being is believed to appear in the castle’s kitchen. He has been viewed scrubbing pots and pans, and was possibly a servant boy during his lifetime. Some believe he was poorly treated and beaten until his short life ended from the abuse.

In 1958, a footman in training was headed across the ground floor to turn off the lights on the drawbridge. Something caught his attention, which looked much like the top half of a man, specifically a head and shoulders. He could tell that the figure had long hair and appeared to be wearing a grey tunic with loose sleeves. As he neared the apparition, it began to fade until it disappeared entirely.

Arundel Castle Today

It is difficult to prove or disprove the stories behind Arundel Castle’s ghosts. Many of these apparitions have been reported throughout centuries, making it impossible to confirm each sighting. The castle has survived many changes, including severe damage suffered by a fire that broke out inside it during the 17th century. Although there are no Dukes of Norfolk or other royal individuals living in Arundel castle today, many believe that it may still house more than its impressive collection of priceless artifacts.

Public access?:
The castle is open to the public but only during permitted visiting time. An entrance fee is also payable.


Visting hours:
Open Saturday 28 March to Sunday 1 November 2015. Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, May Bank Holiday Mondays & August Mondays. The Collector Earl“s Garden, Gardens & Grounds: 10.00 - 17.00 Fitzalan Chapel: 10.00 - 17.00 Restaurant & Coffee Shop: 10.00 - 16.30 Gift Shop: 10.00 - 17.00 Castle Keep: 10.00 - 16.30 Castle Rooms: 12.00 - 17.00 Last admission: 16.00


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