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Dunster Castle

During the Civil War, the castle was a stronghold for Cavaliers but eventually fell to the Roundheads, and Oliver Cromwell ordered the walls demolished. An elderly female ghost from this period in history has been seen, as has a Roundhead soldier in "The Leather Gallery" where disembodied muttering sounds have also been heard. Next to this room is a staircase down which a "Grey Lady" has been reported. Something on a spiral staircase unnerved a dog so much that it refused to move. A cleaner claimed that she was encountered a man in "an old fashioned military uniform"; the area was later discovered to have been a dormitory for troops during the Civil War (this phantom may be the Roundhead described above). Footsteps have been heard in "The Bell Chamber," male voices detected and an "older lady volunteer" who acted as a guide has returned to the castle in death. Chinking coins have also been heard in the castle, and a man in green observed in the area of the shop and stables, where boxes and displays have been found disturbed - in the storeroom, it is reported that "unopened boxes have been found to have been ruined by a mysterious brown, sticky ‘gunge’". It is also in the area of the shop that a green light is said to have been seen to "bob mysteriously" across the shop. It is also in this former location that a man in a jerkin and loose rag scarf has been seen. One intriguing phantom is that of a disembodied human foot that appeared in the Blue Kitchen in front of a volunteer!

Update 9/11/21: The castle staff responded via Facebook; "Yes, we are aware of links to reports of ghostly goings on at the castle however I am afraid to say that we have not had anything reported to us for a while."

Link: Daily Mirror

Link: Somerset Live

Link: National Trust


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