Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington, Shropshire, SY11 4DF, paranormal investigation

Saturday 14 November 2020

9pm to 2am

Join Paranormal Friends as we search, once more, for paranormal activity at Whittington Castle, Shropshire.

We’ve encountered so much unexplained activity and had so many encounters with the paranormal on our previous investigations that we just had to make another date for this incredible location that has produced so many paranormal encounters for us over the years.

Explore the charming and romantic ruins of this very haunted Castle. It is steeped in historical tales of bitter warfare, treachery, death, myths, legends and of course many ghosts and strange happenings.

Will you come across the hooded figure seen under the gateway, meet the phantom blacksmith in the leather apron or witness the faces of ghostly children who are regularly seen peering out of an upstairs window?

Are you strong willed enough to investigate the eerie, dark and oppressive guard room which some staff members absolutely refuse to enter?

The fabric of the Castle has been much changed over the hundreds of years since it was built, one of those changes being the 16th century Elizabethan dwelling attached to the northern outer bailey gate-house tower.

The tower keep is 12th century, but has been later modified, the outer gatehouse is no doubt the work of Sir Fulk Fitzwarine of the early 13th century and above the archway can be seen his coat of arms.

Looking at the remains of this once extensive Marches Castle one wonders why this particular site was chosen. In most cases castles had natural defensive features to prevent easy access for attacking forces, such as a river, steep cliffs or deep moat.

It was protection provided by the treacherous marshlands surrounding the site which was the decisive factor in its choice for the first earthworks and wooden Castle.

William Peverel built the Norman Motte and Bailey castle after the demolition of the previous stronghold built at the time of King Offa, probably of wood with a stockade of sharp posts.

William Peverel had no male heir so his eldest daughter Mellet inherited the castle. The victor of a tournament for her hand in marriage was Warin de Metz of Lorraine who founded a long line of Fitzwarines. They held the castle until 1420.

Much of the remains of the keep date from a rebuilding in 1222. The outer gatehouse with two towers had a 42’ long drawbridge leading to the drier land to the east.

During the civil war it was loyal to the Royalists until Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads took it by force in 1643. At the time of Queen Mary II ownership of the castle was granted to Fitz-Alan, Earl of Arundel. Later it was sold to Francis William Albany Esq, a London merchant whose Manor and Estate was Fernhill. When his granddaughter Sarah married Thomas Lloyd Esq of Aston the two estates were united.

The Castle has an interesting history potentially spanning around 3000 years. 

Weather permitting we will also investigate the tower ruins below which it is believed the dungeon was located. Noises are frequently reported emanating from here and apparitions have also been reported in the adjacent ruins too.

The one Gatehouse tower now houses the function room in which weddings are held. It was a Medieval courtroom and it is believed that there once were cells below. It is recorded that in the 1920s a death occurred here following an accident with a cricket ball and a haunting seems to have resulted.

The Medieval well is still located in the half-timbered cottage which has formed part of the gatehouse for many centuries and all sorts of ghostly activity has been reported in this building too. There’s even the guardroom in the Barbican tower to be investigated.

Most of the Spirits reported seem to be benevolent and children are often encountered, especially on the first floor.

In one part of the building there is a distinct change in temperature which seems to fluctuate rapidly and is not a draught. Some even report a smell of … here. We’ll not disclose what until the night in the hope that our guests experience it too.

Some years ago two almost complete suits of armour were discovered in the moat and one of these has what appear to be two musket shot holes. These seem to date from the Civil War and we will be able to include them in our investigation too.

There are plenty of opportunities for lone vigils for those that like to try these.

The aim is to use a combination of Spiritual and scientific methods of investigation and you are free to choose whether you take part in any, or all, as you wish.

These usually include; Victorian style Séances, Table tipping experiments, Glass divination, K2 Meters, Spirit/Ghost/Frank’s box, Rempods, Laser grid lights, sound enhancers, pendulum, human pendulum, divining rods, trigger objects, digital voice recorder, photography and of course, your own senses, the original investigation equipment!

Please feel free to bring your own investigation equipment if you wish.

Hot drinks, crisps and biscuits will be provided on the night.

You may bring your own additional refreshments if you wish but, of course, no alcohol.

All participants should wear adequate warm clothing, stout footwear and provide their own torch.

Please do not sit on any period furniture that may be on site nor touch any exhibits.

Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington, Shropshire, SY11 4DF, paranormal investigation

Saturday 14 November 2020

9pm to 2am

(Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to start time)

Car parking: Conveniently situated at the rear of the Castle (£1 charge goes towards Castle upkeep).

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