Monday, 4 March 2019

Fascinating new ghost stories sent by email

I received an interesting email this week from someone who used to volunteer at Penrhyn Castle. He said, "I used to work as a volunteer about 2 years ago at Penrhyn Castle, and have had my fair share of weird things going on. I am not an inherently superstitious person and always question whether I have just seen a ghost or if it was some kind trick of the light or some such thing. However, I can’t think of any reasoning that makes sense for the following experience. The first of these spooky occurrences happened around March/April of 2017; I was assigned to the top of the Grand Staircase and had gone up just after the briefing had ended, around 11.30.  I got to the top of the staircase and did my usual morning loop, walking around the two rooms, past the chapel and back around to the top of the staircase. No one was around except for me. I was sat a top the Grand Staircase when I heard footsteps and a large sigh. I went to investigate but there was no one around. I checked all of the rooms and could find no one. This occurred the following week at around the same time, and occurred the week after that. For the next month and a bit I didn’t operate on the Grand Staircase. However, I eventually returned to the Grand Staircase once again, only to find the same footsteps and sigh to be occurring again. Towards the end of the day,  I heard some footsteps once again. I had thought that the whole place was empty, as I had not seen any visitors for about 15 minutes. Therefore, I went to investigate. A blue-and-white maid materialised from no where, holding a tray of food, and went up the stairs of the servants staircase. She walked up the stairs for a few seconds before A blue-and-white maid materialised from no where, holding a tray of food, and went up the stairs for a few seconds before disappearing once more. I was sceptical of the story at first, blaming a long day and an over-active imagination for the apparition. After this event, I didn’t hear anything from the maid. A month or so later, I was talking to one of the other volunteers about ghost-sightings in the Castle when he told me that a Maid had fallen down the very stairs that I saw the apparition and had died there. While the footsteps and sigh are generally quiet, every now and then I still hear it in the morning.
                                                                                       The next story comes from the keep, which is the creepiest part of the Castle without ghosts and such things. It must have been around July/August of 2017 as it was really warm, especially for North Wales. I was positioned in the keep and everything seemed to be going great with nothing weird happening until around lunchtime. There no visitors around the keep at around the keep at the time, as things within the Castle had seemed to have died down. I went on my lunch break and swiftly returned, with only about two visitors populating the corridor in front of the mirror when I returned. I walked along the corridor next to the Nursery when everything felt cold. I thought this was weird due to how warm the rest of the castle was; the other bedrooms in the keep was warm save for the Nursery. Again, nothing happened for a few weeks until I was talking to a couple about the pair of creepy paintings of random kids in the Nursery. I had just finished talking to them when I turned around to look towards the corridor leading to the stairs down to Lord Penrhyn’s sitting room, when I saw the third Lord Penrhyn standing there with a cane. He suddenly walked towards the door leading to his sitting room, and de-materialised before I could see him again. The odd thing was that no one else seemed to have seen him, despite it being a particularly busy day. This was the last weird experience that I had during my tenure at the castle, as I stopped working there by the time September had rolled around.
I hope you find the stories interesting, and would love to hear any plausible theories for why they happened, as I am sure there is a perfectly non-paranormal explanation for the aforementioned stories. Thank you,

James"

Fascinating stories! Anyone who has had any spooky experiences at the castle is welcome to send them to me for inclusion on this blog. Thanks.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ghostly image on the Grand Staircase

I received an email last week from the daughter in law of one of the Room Guides at Penrhyn Castle. She sent me a photo which she had taken of her daughter at Halloween standing at the foot of the Grand Staircase. She noticed something strange in the photo when she looked at it at home and showed her mother in law. I met the Room Guide outside a shop in Bangor last week and she told me about the photo. I asked if the daughter in law could email it to me so that I could put it on here. Look on the left of the legs of the lady at the top of the stairs. What can you see?


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Mysterious vanishing visitor in Slate Bedroom

A few weeks ago I was volunteering as a Room Guide at Penrhyn and was assigned to the Keep Bedrooms. It was fairly quiet that day but there was a steady flow of visitors. I had been talking to a couple of visitors in the Slate Bedroom and I walked with them into the Dressing Room to tell them about the paintings and furniture in the room. As I was talking to them I saw someone come through the door of the Slate Bedroom from the Nursery corridor. I told the visitors that I had to go because I had another visitor and I turned around to go back into the Slate Bedroom to greet the new person.  There was nobody in the room! I thought that perhaps they had gone back into the corridor to look into the Nursery or King's bedroom. I went into the corridor but no visitor was there. I looked in the bathroom and Dressing Room, even behind the doors but did not find anyone. I went out to the area at the top of the stairs by the big mirror but could not see anyone walking away along the Grand Hall Gallery.

I was mystified by this experience because in nearly 20 years of volunteering at the castle I have never seen anything ghostly myself. I have spoken to lots of people who have had ghostly encounters there but this is the first one I have had myself. I cannot explain it in any other way. I definately saw someone go into the Slate Bedroom but there was nobody there. 

I remember writing a story told to me by another room guide a few months ago about a similar experience. She was looking into the Nursery bedroom when she saw someone walk past her and go into the Slate Bedroom. When she went into the room it was empty. She searched for the person she had seen, even looking under the bed! She was very shaken by this experience.  I wonder if it was Alice Douglas Pennant who used the Nursery Bedroom as her bedroom and scratched her name on the window with her diamond ring? Has anyone else had a similar experience in the Keep bedrooms? If you have please let me know in the comments below. Thank you.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Man seen by Lord Penrhyn's Sitting Room

I had a great day out yesterday with volunteers and staff from Penrhyn Castle. We visited Powis Castle. I was chatting with one of the other volunteers about a ghost story on an interpretation board at Powis when she told me that something strange had happened to her at Penrhyn a couple of days previously. I had been there on the same day but she had not told me about it. I asked her to explain what had happened to her and she told me the most extraordinary story. She was hurrying to get to the Keep Bedrooms because she had been delayed by an accident on the road on her way to the castle. She decided to go up the spiral stairs from outside Lord Penrhyn's Sitting Room up to the Keep bedrooms to save time. She went up the stairs towards the Sitting Room, which is not normally open to the public, then turned left along the passageway to go towards the door to the spiral stairs.

As she reached Lord Penrhyn's Sitting Room she suddenly noticed a man standing in the doorway. She described him as tall and slim with high cheekbones. He had a beard and was wearing a long, dark jacket and striped grey trousers. He had a high collared shirt with a type of ruffled cravat at the neck. He seemed to be holding a book or some papers in his hands, which were very pale. She was surprised to see someone there and asked if he was lost. He asked her, "Where are you going?" in a voice which she described as an "Oxford English" accent. She explained that she was in a hurry to get to the Keep bedrooms as as she was running late and asked him if he would be going to a meeting on Friday morning. He answered, "No!" very firmly. She said that his voice went up at the end of the word.

She hurried up the spiral staircase and did not think too much about the man. Unfortunately she tripped near the top of the stairs and cut her leg open, injured her knees and elbow. She was going to go back down the spiral stairs but thought it would be better to go the usual way down the Grand Staircase because she needed first aid. I saw her just as she got back to the Stewards room and found the duty first aider to help her. I went up to the Keep bedrooms to cover her place while she was being treated for her injuries. She said that she asked the people in the Stewards Room if anyone knew who the man could be? There was nobody in the castle of that description. The castle had not been opened for visitors and there were definitely no staff wearing a morning suit!

I had not heard anything about the incident until yesterday. I was fascinated to think that it could have been one of the Lord Penrhyns and that she was able to have a conversation with him! I have asked her to look up photos and portraits of the Lord Penrhyns in the castle guide book to see if she can recognise the man she saw.  Could it have been the 2nd Lord Penrhyn George Sholto?



George Sholto Douglas-Pennant. Second Baron Penrhyn (1836-1907)

Update!! I saw the Room Guide who told me the story today and showed her a photo of George Sholto Douglas-Pennant. She confirmed that he was the man she had seen in the doorway of Lord Penrhyn's study.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Vanishing man seen in the Slate Bedroom

I was told a fascinating story last week, which I hope to confirm with the Room Guide who experienced it. I was told by two of the conservation team that a volunteer Room Guide was standing in the corridor looking into the Nursery bedroom last week, when out of the corner of her eye she saw a man in a dark jacket walk into the Slate Bedroom. She quickly went into the room expecting to see a visitor standing there but she found nobody in the room. She looked all around the room and even looked under the bed in case he was hiding there! She could not think where he had disappeared to. She looked down the stairs towards the Grand Hall Gallery and opened the doors to look up and down the spiral stairs to the other floors of the Keep. He had completely disappeared and yet he had seemed so real. I look forward to reading or hearing the account from the lady who had this experience and will update this account when further details are told to me! It would be interesting to identify the man if possible.

Has anyone else seen anything in this area of the castle? Please let me know. Thanks.

A ghostly voice heard in the Dining Room

I had another email this week from a visitor who had a disturbing experience in the Dining Room and wondered if anyone else had ever reported anything similar. She said,
"I went to the castle a few months back, around April with my mum and dad, and experienced something that made me feel quite unnerved. I was wondering if you could tell me if there is any history with the dining room? As soon as you walk into there, there is this awfully thick tension, it's impossible to miss. 

More to the point, I was standing by the window when a deep voice (sounding like it came from an elder gentlemen) boomed "Welcome" down my ear. For obvious reasons, since there was no one else near in the room, I had a rant at my dad for teasing me but to this day he still insists to everyone (even my mum in private) that it wasn't him. 

Has anyone else had any experiences in there? Or is there any significance to it?" 

Has anyone reading this account had a similar experience to this lady? I would love to hear your stories. Please let me know by email. Thanks.

Spooky orb spotted on the Grand Hall Gallery

I received another interesting sighting story this week from a visitor.
"Just seen your blog and thought I would pass on something I saw yesterday.
Now first of all, I am certainly not a ghost hunting fanatic, in fact nothing could have been further from my mind as we walked around the house. I was so awestruck by the craftsmanship I didn't consider anything creepy or anything. I don't even know where exactly we were, but it was upstairs on the second floor of the main house. I THINK it was close to where you can look down into the main part where the greeters stand. There was a window on my left but definitely a big dark door at the end of the hall. I know the door was there for sure because it was against this dark backdrop that I saw what I saw.
I looked up and saw what I thought was an orb floating and darting for a few seconds in front of the door. It was fairly soft yellow and orange colour and I would say 1 cm . What struck me was first of all the size. This orb seemed to have a definite strong presence, was yellowy orange  and much bigger than a dust spec. It seemed to want to make its presence known and was certainly not shrinking into the background. I then dissuaded myself saying first of all it was probably a fly, but secondly that I wasn't even sure if orbs can be seen with the naked eye. Anyway, I was thinking about it today and I know for sure it wasn't a fly because  well it just wasn't and I have seen a couple of google posts to say that some people do see orbs with the naked eye. So I don't know exactly where I was in the castle but I know what I saw. I am finding Penrhyn FASCINATING though. Of all the National Trust properties we have visited, I find this one the most intriguing."

I have put photos on here of orbs on the Grand Staircase. I wonder what they are? I would be interested in any comments.