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Castle Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Winterborne St Martin (Dorset) - Maiden Castle (hill fort)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers have been reported in this area, while legend says this Iron Age hillfort was built by a race of giants.

Clifford Tower, York.

Blood of the Jews

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Clifford Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Blood unknown, paper in March 1686 or 1687
Further Comments: Many Jews committed suicide in the tower rather than surrender to the rioting anti-Semitic mobs tearing up the town. The ground of the tower is said to be stained red, even after being dug up and replaced. Sir John Reresby wrote that one of his men on watch at the tower observed a piece of paper blowing in the wind that changed into a monkey before transforming into a turkey-cock. The entity wandered around for a bit before vanishing.

The old Debtors Prison in York.

Mary Bateman

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Debtors Prison
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Mary Bateman would appear during the witching hour and could have been the entity that became well known for playing pranks on prisoners.

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