Illustrated Walkthrough of Berry Pomeroy Castle
Below are a selection of photographs
that were taken during our visit. Warning - Many photos spell
a long download time for slower modems.
This is the first view you get of the castle. It's the original
gatekeep from back when it was apparently first built back
in the 15th century.
This is the reverse side to the gatekeep. If you turn to the
right as you enter the castle there are some small spiral
steps that take you up onto the ramparts.
These are the ramparts where the White Lady is said to be
seen walking, beckoning people to go down St. Margaret's Tower.
Directly in front is the gatekeep and that rectangular shape
on the wall is the original doorway that the guards walked
through when patrolling around the castle ramparts.
At the opposite end of the ramparts are the Guards Quarters,
but is now known as 'St. Margaret's Tower'. It was in here
that Eleanor de Pomeroy imprisoned her sister Margaret in
jealousy, incarcerating her and leaving her to starve to death.
This is noted as being one of the oldest parts of the castle.
This is the entrance to St. Margaret's Tower.
These are the steps leading down into the basement area of
St. Margaret's Tower.
This is the basement of St. Margaret's Tower. It is said that
it was down here that Margaret was incarcerated, but looking
at the stairwell this appears to be a very high improbability.
It's much more likely that she was locked in the tower, not
just the basement.
This window is on the second floor of the Guards Tower and
has no floor underneath it any more. During a recent visit
to the castle group members Mike and Chris were in the café
when both spotted a white shape moving back and forth behind
this window from within the tower. Soon after upon re-entering
the castle they checked that it was this particular window
that the shape had been seen through, thus ruling out the
possibility that it was a visitor to the castle (unless they
were 12ft tall).
If you leave St. Margaret's Tower and move straight on you
enter the kitchen. In this area people in the past, including
group member Mike, have experienced a sudden tightening of
the throat to the point of being unable to breathe.
Just through the Kitchen is the East Range. The next photo
relates to an unusual experience the group had whilst visiting
the castle in the recent past.
This fireplace, immediately to your right as you enter the
East Range from the kitchen, became the center of something
unusual. During a recent walkabout in the castle group member
Dennis told us how much this fireplace smelt of burning wood.
All group members smelled the fireplace and it was exactly
like a recent fire had burned there. Now, every time the group
visits the castle this fireplace is checked out for a reoccurance,
but to date none have been forthcoming.
This is the view if you're standing in the East Range and
you look upwards. The remains of the previous levels are the
only indications left to show how grand this building once
To the side of the East Range is a cordoned off area of flagstones.
This was the castle courtyard and these flagstones are original
to the castle, making them at least 300 years old.
This photo was also taken in the East Range and looks up to
the windows that look out over the Courtyard.
There's a gap in the wall in the East Range where, if you
follow the trail, leads you to another part of the original
de Pomeroy part of the castle. Known as the 'Angle Tower'
it's original purpose is uncertain although it's presumed
to have been a watchtower.
This is the doorway from the East Range into the Parlour.
It was through here that on the 19th of August, 2007, when
Mike and Chris were visiting the castle, that Mike spotted
a pink figurelike shape out of the corner of his left eye
moving towards what is known as 'Pomeroy's Leap'.
This is 'Pomeroy's Leap', so called after two Pomeroy Brothers
rode their horses over the edge and killed themselves rather
than face defeat. A number of people have reporting hearing
a thudding sound around this spot or the sound of screams.
This is the view of the 'Site of Great Stairs' / Great Hall.
Through the unusually small doorway directly ahead is the
Pantry and Buttery. Doesn't it look like there's a figure
standing in the doorway with his hands above his head on either
side? Sadly, it isn't that but rather a pattern of lichin
on the wall beyond.
Just around from the old Pantry and Buttery is the original
stairwell. You can still see the indents where the stairs
were originally positioned as they wound their way up to the
This is the Great Hall.
At the opposite end of the Great Hall is the Pantry and Buttery,
built during the Seymour years (the previous Pantry and Buttery
was by the de Pomeroys).
This was the kitchen and bakery. This particular area was
cordoned off to the public until 2008.
Going into the newly opened area.
As you turn the corner you see two great fireplaces and a
As soon as you enter on your left is what appears to be an
old bread oven.
The room following on isn't that interesting, but...
You can now get a good, dramatic photo of the old Seymour
Something that visitors haven't seen for many, many year.
The part of the building underneath the original wooden walkway.
This is the outer wall of the Seymour addition, turning the
castle into a stately home. In the foreground are the original
bases to the columns that stood in front of the side building
containing the great hall.
This is the view of inside the original Gatekeep.
If you look to the left from that view there's a cordoned
off area. On the wall is a surviving piece of original wall
art dating back at least 400 years! It is a representation
of 'The Adulation of the Magi'.
This is a view that Most Haunted fans will recognise - this
is the spot where Derek Acorah was tied to the chair as he
went into trance mediumship.
There are two basements in the original Gatekeep. The first
is directly to your left as you enter the Gatekeep and the
second is on the opposite side. These are the steps you walk
down to get into the first basement.
This is the first basement. Not very exciting, is it.
These are the steps running down to the second basement.
This is the second basement. This is where Most Haunted grouped
together whilst the television was running and subsequantly
got turned off.
As you walk back up the steps from the second basement there's
a corridor in front of you.
This corridor leads you to... the toilet! I wonder how many
famous bums have sat on this very stone. Hmmm... where did
they keep the toilet paper...
Carrying on from there is a spiral staircase. This is quite
difficult to climb because of the steepness of the steps,
the narrowness of the stairwell and the low proximity of the
This is what you see at the top of the steps. The steps do
keep going up but since there are no more levels above this
they've been blocked off. From here you get some nice views
of the castle grounds.
Inside the Gatekeep is a small model of what the castle is
believed to have looked like in its heyday.
This is the backside to the model.
As you're leaving / entering, this is the building you pass.
When Berry Pomeroy was lying in a state of ruin someone took
stone and material from the catle to build this house. It's
said that this building is haunted by some of the Berry Pomeroy
ghosts because of this.
This can be seen in this photo. On the left is a window on
the Seymour Hall part of Berry Pomeroy. On the right is a
window from the house shown above. Notice that the frames
are identical and that the decoration above each is identical.