Unusual Encounters at Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle has seemed
to have lost its edge since the place was heavily renovated
and worked on to strengthen it. Originally you could walk
in and instantly feel a sense of foreboding and opression,
and once inside the sound of the birds in the trees stopped
creating an eerie silence. Today though the castle has a much
more friendly atmosphere to it.
But that doesn't mean that
unusual things don't still happen there. During our countless
visits to the place we've experienced, and in some cases photographed,
some unusual things. Below is what we've encountered...
During a visit in 2007 we were
in the old kitchen area just opposite St. Margaret's Tower.
Whilst he was walking through this area Mike suddenly felt
his neck becoming constricted and he started coughing like
he was being choked with a pressure in the middle of his windpipe.
After about 20 seconds the sensation wore off. He was later
told that other people in the past have experienced this same
sensation in the same area of the castle that he did. It's
an interesting experience, especially because of the story
of when the incestuous baby was strangled in the castle.
Two times now Mike has 'felt'
a figure in the Gatehouse, more specifially where the wallpainting
is. The first time he sensed this figure it was stood there,
head bowed down and armed clasped together. He was just standing
there in a long, rough-material, light-brown robe with the
hood up and over his head. About half a year later whilst
on another visit Mike sensed this same figure, but now he
was crouched on the floor with his hands up protectively over
his head. He was telling us to leave or else 'they' would
get us too. The de Pomeroy's were Catholic and where this
figure was stood / crouched was where they originally had
the Altar so that private mass could be said by the family,
but whether or not the location was ever attacked during the
Protestant reign of Queen 'Bloody' Mary is unknown.
During a group visit we walked
into the East Range from the kitchen and went to the fireplace
against that wall. He told us to smell it because it was like
there had just been a recent fire burning there. All agreed
that there was a very sooty, burnt smell as if there had just
been a fire there. There has never been a repeat of this during
subsequant visits to the castle; and we check every time.
When Mike and Chris were visiting
the castle, they were standing in the East Range when something
caught Mike's attention. Out of the corner of his eye through
the doorway into the Parlour he saw this pink, hazy shape
- about the height of a person - walk past from left to right
towards the edge.
During a visit to the castle
in 2007 Kim and Mike were in the café having a drink
when they glanced up to the facing window of St. Margaret's
Tower, and through the window they could both see this white
shape move from one side of the window to the other. After
their drink they went to that area to see if it could have
been a visitor walking back and forth, but when they got there
they saw that the window in question was on the upper area
where there no floor. This meant that if it was a person causing
this they would have had to have been 11ft in height at least.
At what is presumed to be Pomeroy's
Leap Chris and Kim, before they were awae of such a story,
were stood there admiring the view when they both heard the
sound of hootbeats as if there were a couple of horses running.
On a 2007 visit Kim was walking
along the ramparts when she sensed soldiers along the ramparts
and arrows and spears flying through the air. She sensed some
soldiers laying dead over the ramparts. She said that they
were wearing these tabard / tunic type clothes with silvery-coloured
top and were blue with yellow / gold on them.
In March 2008 Kim and Mike
were sat in St. Margaret's Tower and Mike was trying some
EVP work. He was asking to whoever may be there to identify
their name, how they died, when they died etc. During this
Kim suddenly sensed the answers to the questions as a man
outside the ramparts and dressed in brown. He had died of
an arrow-wound to the chest in the 14th century.
In March, 2008 Mike and Kim
were in the gatekeep and Kim said that she could hear a humming
or chant when we were the only people visiting the castle
at the time. Mike did initially hear it, but the sound stopped
as soon as he turned on his recorder.
Back in 2006 during a visit
to the castle, Mike ran off a series of photographs using
a 35mm disposable camera. Some interesting things appeared
in the photos he took.
This photo was taken down in St. Margaret's Tower looking
up the stairs. On the left there is a very prominent, pink
haze. Now, we know that this does look so much like a finger
being caught up in front of the lens, but whenever Mike takes
a photo he always does it with all fingers holding the camera
by the edges and around the sides. Nothing wanders into shot.
This photo was also taken in St. Margaret's Tower on the same
visit. This small, white shape at the bottom of the image
is totally unexplanable.
photo was taken looking into the middle area of St. Margaret's
Tower. Since this was taken using a 35mm disposable camera
no orb should have appeared (due to them being a digital camera
fault) but this one appeared, bang smack in the middle of
the shot. Since it only ever appeared in the one photo it
couldn't have been a raindrop or anything on the lens, and
it's so clear and crisp - totally unlike the blurry orbs you
capture on a digital camera. The other thing that's very interesting
is the white lin running on the right side of the orb - it
really does give the anomaly a 3D sense and makes it look
cylindrical rather than just a flat circle. The way it's so
centered in the photo almost looks like the anomaly is posing
for the camera! I must point out that this photo was taken
when there was a lot of moisture in the air (it had just been
raining heavily), but again 35mm film cameras rarely pick
up orb anomailies, and if it was moisture then why is it only
this photo where something appeared, not in any of the others?
the same day, this photo was taken looking down the Great
Hall towards the kitchens. If you look on the left it looks
like there are a pair of eyes staring back, 90 degrees anti-clockwise.
On the left is a flipped close-up of this to show the eyes
easier. A comparison photo taken recently on a digital camera
shows no such face in the brickwork. There is a high possibility
that this is a trick of the eyes, where a watermark pattern
on the stone caused by the rain looks like a pair of eyes
and the bridge of a nose. The squareness of the facial image
and how mis-placed it looks are intrieguing however and is
definitely very interesting either way.