GHOST ENCOUNTERS DESTINY & DESIRE.
Does life boil down to the essential problem: is it good to get what you want? Some people surf life’s ups and downs and accept their destiny, regardless; others tweak, bend, duck from and deflect fate’s incoming. Some go in search of the Holy Grail to make their world a better place. Margo Williams investigates some of the UKs famous haunted castles and sacred sites in search of answers.
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Hampton Court Palace, London
The World’s Most Haunted Palace
Hampton Court Palace, in London, once was Cardinal Wolsey’s country seat until big King Henry VIII saw how many beds and state-of-the-art privvies. He made it his own home, and ordered the death of at least one of his wives while here. Discover the identity of the resident ghost of the notorious “Haunted Gallery” and the sinister figure in black often seen wringing hands through the Chapel Royal. One of the parents of the revolution was probably the object of some determined screaming, down the ages.
Corfe Castle, Dorset
The Ballad of Lady Bankes
Corfe Castle in Dorset was once bad King John’s favourite dungeon and treasure house. The home of the damned it seemed ever after, until it was destroyed during the Civil War. Its last owner and defender was lady Mary Bankes. She saw off a siege, no problem. Until treachery undid her defences. Discover which of the damned haunt this famous eerie castle.
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire
Tales from The Old Forest
Home of the Saxon monarchy; burial place of Swithun, patron saint of weather forecasters; Winchester Cathedral is thought to stand on an old pagan shrine to the goddess of the forests, Diana. During the Victorian era, archaeologists cracked open this old mysterious marble tomb to identify whether its occupant was William the Conqueror’s slain son. The ghosts of this venerable cathedral discovered the truth behind some major mysteries.
Tintagel, Dunster, Camelot & Okehampton
King Arthur’s Castles
Tintagel, Dunster, Okehampton and Cadbury; which may have been favoured by the ancient King of the Britons as the fabled “Camelot”. There were ghosts to be found among these ruins; Arthur included, whose mission impossible finally got accomplished. The grumpy ghost of Dunster also had something to say about the modern world, and it wasn’t pretty. The ghost of Camelot wasn’t pleased to be its spirit guardian, and the murderess who haunted Okehampton offered some insight into love and marriage.
Martyrdom & Miracle
Seat of the primate of the Church of England, each Archbishop of Canterbury has taken his – but not yet her – seat on the old stone throne of Saint Augustine. The tension between head of state and head of church has not always been easy; sometimes heads rolled. It happened to miraculous saint Thomas Becket. The ghosts of this famous cathedral offered their own views on life and death and the unexpected that comes after.
The Tower of London
White Tower & Jewel House Mysteries
Two mysteries investigated and solved in the famous Tower of London. Discover the identity of the lantern-carrying ghost of the White Tower; and almost certainly the Tower’s scariest ghost of all: the fire-starter haunting the jewel House who nearly destroyed everything.
Jamaica Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall
The Ghost in Harry The Pedlar’s Room
The world’s most famous hostelry, at the heart of Bodmin moor and Arthurian Legend. For several centuries a ghost has haunted Room 4. Harry the Pedlar’s Room. Some claim it is the undaunted spirit of a lad still missing from a long ago game of hide and seek. Jamaica Inn stood here in Arthur’s days, and many believe magic sword Excalibur was unwrapped here before it was thrown into nearby Dozmary Pool.
Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset
King Arthur’s Grave & Other Linea Bifurcata
Melkin the venerable Celtic prophet, who predated Merlin, left a clue as to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. Many claim the fabled forked line – the Linea Bifurcata – of St Joseph is somewhere in Glastonbury Abbey. The abbey’s resident ghosts had their opinions on what’s good for the world; and what isn’t.
Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
Sacrifice & St. Michael
An old tower stands atop Glastonbury Tor, all that remains of the church of St. Michael. Mysteriously the church was swallowed inside the hill. Some pilgrims still claim to hear ghostly screaming from the tower environs and wonder to which part of the Grail story that sound belongs.
The Chalice Well, Glastonbury
The Ghosts of the Grail
The Chalice Well in Glastonbury is famous, not least because it is red. But a spring rises beside it, white and pure. Many believe the red spring, is the fabled “Blood Spring” that changed when its water touched the Holy Grail that contained the blood of Jesus. Two ghosts haunted the site you see here: both with tales of wisdom and sacrifice.
Avebury Henge, Wiltshire
Avebury henge remains as awesome as it is enigmatic, who built it; why and what happened to those who had the knowledge to do so? So many questions, too few answers though some mysteries were explained by the ghosts found haunting this megalithic sites, including the mystery of the missing knickers.
Each solstice morning local druids and thousands of revellers celebrate the rising sun at Stonehenge, some of whom probably carry in their DNA direct links to those who raised this mysterious monument, and chances are each has offered their own guess as to what it was and why it was raised. The ghost of Stonehenge knew the answer; it was told him from above.