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Tanworth Castle

Staffordshire, England

This medieval moated castle on the banks of the River Thames is allegedly the site where Sir Lancelot jousted. The castle is reported be haunted by two ladies, one white and one blue. Legend has it that the blue lady was the lover of a knight who was killed in a fight near the foot of the castle. So bereaved, she threw herself off the battlements, falling to her death. She is said to be seen wringing her hands and walking about the battlements. The owner of the castle had inherited the lands of a nearby abbey that had been taken from the Church. This white lady is said to have inflicted many injuries upon the man during a dream so that he would return the property to the church. It is said that his screams may be heard in the room and the white lady walks around.

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Jayne says:

January 10, 2006, 7:07 am

The castle is actually called TAMWORTH castle, as it is situated in Tamworth, Staffordshire. It sits next to the River TAME and the River Anker. (NOT the Thames!)
Tamworth Castle is a typical Norman motte and bailey castle set in the south-west corner of what was a Saxon burh, located in order to dominate the approach over two rivers from the south. Its sandstone walls and superb herringbone wall – all that survives of the ‘curtain wall’ of the bailey – are believed to date from the 1180s. They replaced a pallisade and wooden tower, built on the present artificial motte or mound shortly after the Norman Conquest.
Numerous additions and alterations have been made to the castle by succeeding generations of owners. The oldest-surviving section within the shell-keep, apart from the tower itself, is the north wing with its thirteenth-century arched doorway. The Banqueting Hall was added in the early fifteenth century, and the Warder’s Lodge at the entrance to the courtyard (upper bailey) is Tudor.
The Castle is known for two ghosts “The Black Lady” and
“The White Lady”. The first is said to be the ghost of a nun called Editha who founded her order in the 9th century, her nuns were said to have been expelled from a nearby Convent. They were expelled by Robert de Marmion when he took possession of lands and the castle given to him by William I. The angry prayers of the nuns were said to have called Editha from her grave.
She severely attacked de Marmion in his bedroom thus forcing him to restore the Convent. She still walks the castle and has been seen on the staircase and in the bedroom. The picture on the right is from a turn of the century postcard.
The White Lady appears on the terrace around the castle and is said to have stood there and watched her lover, a wicked knight called Tarquin killed by Sir Lancelot.
The castle is reputedly home to many spirits. The most famed ghosts are known to be the Black Lady and White Lady. The White Lady is said to have been captured and locked in the Tower by the wicked Sir Tarquin. But after a while she fell in love with him and is said to walk the battlements around the castle, weeping over her lover who was slain by Sir Lancelot du Lac, who came to rescue her. Legend has it that the White Lady’s ghost can still be seen walking the Battlements and her cries can be heard on the wind….

The Black Lady is allegedly the ghost of a nun called Editha who founded her order in the 9th century; her nuns were said to have been expelled from a nearby Convent by Robert de Marmion. The angry prayers of the nuns were said to have called Editha from her grave. One night in 1139 after a lavish banquet, Marmion was attacked by the ghost of Editha, who prophesied that unless the nuns were restored to Polesworth, the Baron would meet an untimely death. Just before she vanished the spectre hit the Baron on the side with the point of her crosier; the wound was so terrible that Marmion’s cries awoke the whole Castle. His pain only ceased when this vow was taken and the nuns returned

angel says:

August 15, 2006, 1:38 pm

very good have you ever talked to anyone physic?

kathy says:

September 22, 2006, 9:25 am

Im the black ghost surprise everyone Im a man……………. hehehe hahaha

The Man That Walks By says:

December 26, 2006, 3:45 pm

That blue woman you are refering to is my wife Edna!
I am also dead and if you are reading this right now then you so be aware that i tend you haunt houses that cause me or Edna and problems. To keep us away that man should return that land imediately!By the way, look behind you…my frace is deep within your walls…you have been warned.

Naya says:

March 8, 2008, 12:50 pm

your frace?

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