Ghostly goings-on at Whittington Castle investigated

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Ghostly figures, strange noises and unpleasant smells are just some of the strange goings-on that have been reported at a Shropshire castle.

Whittington Castle

Now a new group, Paranormal Friends, is to investigate whether there is any truth in the legend that Whittington Castle is haunted.

Paranormal Friends will be hosting the public investigation at the castle on February 6.

Sam Morris, co-founder of the group, said: "Weather permitting, we have been given permission to investigate the tower ruins below which it is believed the dungeon was located.

"Noises are frequently reported emanating from here and even local youths have been spooked by this. Apparitions have been reported in the adjacent ruins too.

"We can't wait to investigate the castle and give the people of Shropshire the opportunity to join us."

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 gatehouse tower.

The tower keep is 12th century, but has been later modified and, Mr Morris said, the outer gatehouse was no doubt the work of Sir Fulk Fitzwarine in the early 13th century.

"It is recorded that in the 1920s a death occurred in the one gatehouse tower following an accident with a cricket ball and a haunting seems to have resulted," he added.

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