Ghosts of Berry Pomeroy Castle
The castle's most famous ghost
is of the White Lady. This ghost is said to be that of Margaret
de Pomeroy who was incarcerated in what is now known as St.
Margaret's Tower by her sister Eleanor. Eleanor was insanely
jealous that a man both she and Margaret were in love with
only had eyes for her younger, more attractive sister. The
White Lady is said to emerge from the tower she was imprisoned
in and walk around the ramparts, beckoning witnesses to the
tower. The sightings of this ghost seem to indicate that you
only witness her if you're outside the castle at the time
and her last reported sighted was in 1987.
famous ghost is that of the Blue Lady. Her identity is unknown
but the legend goes that she was raped by her father and the
resulting baby was either strangled or thrown onto a fireplace
in one of the upper rooms. It is not known whether it was
her of the baby's father who committed the murder. Her ghost
is not confined to any part of the castle and she has been
spotted in numerous places with a look of utter distraught
on her face. She has been reported to lure visitors to various
parts of the castle. The blue lady has apparently been photographed
as seen on the left. The origins of this photo are unknown
(although the heavy vegetation on the walls suggests that
it was taken before 1977) and the part of the castle where
this figure is standing is sadly unrecognisable. If anybody
has more information of this photo then please get in touch.
At the rear corner of the castle
there is an area known as 'Pomeroy's Leap'. Legend says that
two de Pomeroy brothers were in the castle when it was beseiged.
Rather than face a long, drawn out battle and subsequant defeat
they mounted their horses and leapt out and down the cliff-face
to their deaths. People who have stood in this area have reported
hearing screams and thudding sounds as if something, or someone,
has fallen down the cliff.
The driveway that takes you
to the castle is also said to be haunted. People who have
driven or walked down this isolated lane have reported the
feeling of being stared at, some getting overcome with a sense
of panic before fleeing. Some reports also tell of a dark,
shadowy, cloaked figure staring at them from behind the trees.
A huge, black dog has been
reported walking the outer grounds that can be seen by some
people and not by others.
There is a particular fireplace
in the East Range that has an interesting story attached to
it. During a group visit to the castle Dennis remarked about
how it smelt like recently burnt wood like a fire had just
been lit there. There were no scorch marks on the ground and
this is the only time that the group have encountered this.
Some people have reported experiencing
a choking sensation or tightening of the throat to the point
of coughing and being unable to breathe whilst stood in the
Seymour kitchen area. This phenomena has been experienced
by group member Mike who suddenly felt his throat tighten.
He coughed and couldn't catch his breathe for about 20 seconds
when the pressure suddenly left. Could this strangling phenomena
be connected to the Blue Lady, and the story of the strangled
During our day out at Berry
Pomeroy Castle (August 21st) Mike was talking to Chris when
out of the corner of his eye he saw a pale-pink figure-like
shape walking near Pomeroy's Leap. A photo of where this figure
was spotted is below.
Other reports including whispering,
shadows with no source, cold spots, freak winds, a lady in
grey and a cavalier.