For this week, I’ve decided to tell you about some of the scariest thing imaginable, I promise not Brexit, ghosts!
So here are some tips on how to tell, if your home, castle or country is haunted:
1. Hearing unexplained sounds
2. Things moving on their own
(I couldn’t think of a picture for this, as things seem to be going nowhere at present…)
3. Unexplained feelings of dread and foreboding
4. A history of bad things happening
Albeit that these things would suggest that the U.K. is now haunted by the ghost of Brexit. We are coming to the end of my survival guide, I’ve fed you, housed you, given you an army, and talked about leadership, now we need some culture, some history, something to keep your subjects entertained in the late nights with candle light and what better than to hear stories of past lives and loves.
The princes in the Tower.
Children running and playing is a common sight in England and children can be seen in the Tower today.
In 1483, Edward the IV died, and left his son Edward V the throne of England. However, uncle Richard had other ideas. He had the boys sent to the Tower of London. Then had the marriage of Edward IV annulled making Edward and his brother illegitimate. The mystery deepens as no one is fully sure as to what happened to the Princes but we can be sure that they disappeared in August.
Yet, two children in peculiar dress have been spotted running through the Tower and battlements in strange dress and white gowns. Sounds of children laughing and children crying have been heard by guards with no knowledge of where it’s coming from. There are photos that show children in strange dress with a striking resemblance to prince Edward.
In 1674, bones of two skeletons were discovered in a box under the stairs of the bloody tower. Guards in the late 1400s claimed to have seen two children gliding down the stairs. Others have claimed that boys have been seen in white garments holding each other in fear.
Possibly Anne Boleyn
In 1864, a soldier was seen challenging and attacking a women near the Lieutenant’s lodgings. After the confrontation the soldier fainted. He was brought before a court martial to be charged for his sleeping on the job. He claimed he had confronted a lady and charged her. However, the woman who he attacked left no blood, no body and no record of such a person entering the Tower. Luckily for the soldier General Dundas came to his rescue and claimed to have witnessed the entire event.
Five queens have been held prisoner in the Tower and three were executed. One of the five was the ‘nine days queen’ Lady Jane Grey. Our story only begins with her, after her failed attempt to be Queen she was executed. Lady Jane Grey had a sister, who had a child called
William Seymour. William wanted to marry Arbella Stuart and she was the great, great granddaughter to King Henry the VII. This would give the couple a strong claim to the British throne. The throne had been left empty by Elizabeth I who had failed to have an heir. The throne was given to James I, and he did not like the sound of William and Arabella marrying. So he threw them in a jail. They wrote regularly to each other, and planned a daring escape to France. William escapes the Tower of London and Arabella in a house in Lambeth. They planned to meet and leave together by ship. However, King James’ ship caught up with Arabella’s and brought her back to England. She never saw her husband again, and was brought to the Tower of London. 4 years later she died in the Tower from illness and refusing to eat.
When terrible events happen it’s believed that they can leave a mark on the locations.
The governor of the Tower from 1996 – 2004 major general Geoffrey Field quoted this about the room where Arabella died:
Soon after we arrived in 1994, my wife Janice was making up the bed in the Lennox room when she felt a violent push in her back which propelled her right out of the room! No one had warned us that the house was haunted – but we then discovered that every resident has experienced something strange in that room! The story goes that the ghost is that of Arbella Stuart, a cousin of James I, who was imprisoned and then possibly murdered in that room. Several women who slept there since have reported waking in terror in the middle of the night feeling they were being strangled, so just in case we made it a house rule not to give unaccompanied women guests the Lennox room.
Spooky goings on for sure and further ghosts are said to be in the castle, including sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn and even a bear that scared a soldier to death. With so much unfair tragedy and misfortune death and disease it is not too surprising people who live there feel it is haunted.
Until next week, good night out there, what ever you are.