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Muncaster Castle

The rarely seen ghost of jester Tom Skelton, known as "Tom Fool" has been seen here and he reportedly plays pranks (such as shaking people in their beds) on those who act pompously or mock him. Tom was given the task of disposing of a carpenter who had become a lover of Heloise, the daughter of Sir Ferdinand Pennington, the owner of the estate. Heloise was already betrothed to a knight, and Tom hacked off the head of the unfortunate lad as proof of his deed and the decapitated form has also been seen around the castle. The spectre of King Henry VI is also reputed to be seen here; after the Wars of the Roses, he was given sanctuary here by the Penningtons. A "White Lady" is another phantom around the roads and grounds; she is believed to be Mary Bragg, who was murdered near the main entrance. The most haunted room is "The Tapestry Room" where a crying child and a woman singing to placate the infant have been experienced near a window, and the door handle being turned by an invisible hand has been reported. Margaret Pennington died at a very young age and her phantom is said to have been encountered, too - indeed, it is said by some that she may even be the crying child mentioned above. There are many other stories attached to the place!

Link: Lancs Live

Link: Lancs Live

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