Thursday, 19 September 2013

Spooky black shape seen on the Scullery stairs

I was told a fascinating ghost story today at Penrhyn Castle. One of our volunteer learning assistants also volunteers as a room steward. Last week she was showing a group of visitors around the Victorian Kitchen and Scullery. She showed them the Wet and Dry Pantries and let them out of the back door. It was about 4.00 pm. She walked along the narrow passageway leading to the scullery and glanced up to the top of the stone staircase which led to the scullery maids' bedrooms. She said that she was aware of a dark shape at the top of the stairs. She stared at it and wondered what it could be. Suddenly the shape moved quickly to the left, as though it was going through the door into the bedrooms. The door is always locked because the bedrooms are used as castle archives and store rooms. They are not open to the public.The shape did not make any noise and the volunteer said that she could not make out any features on the face. She went quickly back into the kitchen and thought about how strange it was that a shadow had moved up there, because there wasn't any light on the stairs, as the bulb has gone. I told her about the other sightings of a black shape in the scullery and sounds of footsteps heard on the same stairs that have been experienced by other staff. She said that she does not want to be on her own in there again!

I am doing another guided night time ghost tour of Penrhyn Castle on Wednesday 30th October and Thursday 31st October. There will be a maximum of 15 people allowed on each tour. Phone the castle to book a place if you are interested. The tour will take place at 7.00 pm and the castle will be fairly dark, so please bring a torch. You may take photos inside the castle without flash. I hope this year someone will be able to capture something spooky on their camera. To book a place please tel: 01248 353084. For further information look at the National  Trust website:

Hope to see some of you there!

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