This post will be about Lydford castle. One of the most haunted castles in England, this castle is steeped in history and has done battle to claim its place as one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in England. It’s inhabitants include ghosts, spirits, and wraiths. With a past this rich it is no wonder that Lydford castle is a fascinating site for those who are interested in paranormal activity, with various tours offered to explore the area.
Lydford Castle is found in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It was built as a fortification in the 12th century, and is now a grade I listed building. It’s history includes being captured by King Stephen of England, and later by Henry VII. During the Civil War it was used as an ammunition store before being taken in the siege of Lydford by Parliamentary forces. In the 17th century, George Fox, founder of Quakers had his head shaved for preaching here during this time period.
Lydford castle has seen its fair share of death and destruction including civil war battles and sieges. Today it is a popular tourist attraction that hosts ghost walks and paranormal tours. It ranges from peaceful to terrifying.
It has changed hands between English and French forces over the centuries, with the most recent battle being in 1938 when it was used as a prison for detainee’s awaiting internment. It was once used as an ammunition store by the government, with one of the most well known areas being called Pig Hill (The Lydford Round).
A common myth is that the 13th century ruins are haunted by the spirit of Alice de Lacy, who is rumored to be looking for her daughter Tonia, who was taken from her by King John as a hostage in 1216. Lydford Castle was built as a fortress between 1086 and 1090 and was first captured by the King of England, King Stephen, in 1153. The castle has been a continually active fortress through to the present day.
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