Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising Castle is well-known for its ghosts and is one of the most important 12th Century castle in England, over time it has been a Royal residence and a hunting Lodge. Saint Felix founded Castle Rising in the 7th Century with a Monastery and Castle Rising suffered from Viking attack in the 9th and 10th Century.

Castle Rising Castle was the capital of a great Anglo-Norman baronies and was built around 1140 by William de Albini I, he became Earl of Lincoln, earl of Sussex and Arundel in 1141. he was married to the Widow of King Henry I, Alice of Louvain. The Castle is influenced by Norwich Castle and William also built Arundel and Buckenham Castles.

The Castle consists of a large Square keep, north is a ruined church that pre-dates the castle (1100) and was buried but re-found in the 19th century. To the east and west are two outer baileys, to the south are 14th Century stone buildings with earthworks surrounding the Castle which are thought to be the largest in England. The gatehouse is dated at 1140. The keep is entered by an enclosed stairway. The upper chambers was original just one, situated above the chapel and it is thought it was used as a priests chamber. The second was built and it is thought it was used as a cell to keep a sea-captain safe (mid 18th century) due to the castle being used as a police station. During 1553 one of the towers was used as a Brew house.

The castle is well known for its royal resident Queen Isabella the widow of Edward II, known as the she-wolf of France. A new suite was built to the south of the keep on arrival of Queen Isabella and visible is the remains of a chapel, kitchen and lodgings. Some suggestions say she was a prisoner at Castle Rising but this is not true. Queen Isabella was thought to be involved in the murder of her husband Edward with her lover Roger Mortimer. Isabella’s son Edward III visited his mother at Castle Rising mainly during the hunting season. She died in 1358 at Hereford Castle, the Castle was passed to her son, the Black Prince. He spent significant amounts of money on the Castle, repairing the towers, the bridge and bought 2 cannons (now at the Tower of London). After the Princes death in 1376 the castle went into decline, some of the stone was taken to repair a sluice on the River Badingley. The castle was never attacked from historical evidence.

During 1544, Henry VIII granted Castle Rising Castle manor and chase to Thomas Howard (3rd Duke of Norfolk) but it was taken by the crown following the 4th Duke of Norfolk’s execution. But it was re-granted by James I, returning the Castle to the family until 1693. The Castle was then sold from the 7th Duke Henry Howard to Thomas Howard an ancestor of the Current owner Greville Howard. During the 19th Century the castle was restored and excavations were carried out.

The best known ghost is that of Isabella, shortly after she died a ghost which formed into a white wolf was seen to roam around the castle on a full moon, prowling and baying. Manic laughing, cackling and screaming are heard and is also thought to be Isabella. Shadow figures have been seen on the staircases and corridors. A monk figure is seen around the castle regularly. Children heard playing and singing nursery rhymes and people are touched and in some cases are receiving healing while being touched.

I have had the pleasure of being able to investigate this wonderful castle with Npeg and I will follow with a short summary of some occurrences that happened on that night. Shadows were seen, erratic temperature readings, three different women, a priest and a child were sensed. Voices were heard and separately a woman was heard speaking in a different area, lights were seen along with a misty figure, feelings of being watched and the feeling of the stomach area being pushed. Unexplainable, two emf meters went off at the same time (KII & Gauss meter), we could find no logical explanation for this happening.

Copyrighted by Tracy Monger 2012

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