Posts Tagged ‘Chillingham Castle’

800 years ago the castle was built to stop the Scottish invading England and anyone caught would be subjected to torture in its dungeon. The floor there slopes away in order to drain the blood away and prisoners made marks on the walls, counting down the days until the would finally die and be mercifully released.

John Sage was a cruel and sadistic torturer who took pride in his work. He invented new methods of causing pain and in his three years of working there saw around 7,500 that he tortured to death. 7 deaths a day does seem like a lot to me, including the fact I didn’t give him a day off at all but that’s the figure apparently…

He is said to have rounded up the Scottish at the castle one day and burnt them in the forecourt. Not sufficiently happy with that he then took and axe and culled the smaller children in the Edward Room. The axe is reportedly still at the castle too.

Reports have been made that in the room the chandelier swings of its own accord, foul smells have been reported and a sense of a strange atmosphere about it have been mentioned. Sage’s tales also extend to the fact that he accidentally strangled his girlfriend whilst making love to her on the torture rack, quite the romantic too eh? The father of the woman threatened to gather up his army and sack the castle if Sage was not killed, he was hanged in a tree near the Edward room and the enthusiastic crowd took pieces off his corpse as he died for souvenirs.

There are other stories linked to the place but those ones seems the juiciest.

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By Glen Bowman from Newcastle, England – My Best of 2005 29-08-2005 16-11-39, CC BY 2.0, Link

Chillingham Castle has a couple of stories, the first is that Lady Mary Berkeley roams there searching for her husband. She lived in a painting and would emerge from it, she was actually popular with the children that would wait around for her to be seen.

Apart from that there is a record of the Blue Boy, he was heard at night crying in agony or fear.

The sounds came from a 10 foot thick tower wall in the ‘Pink Room’, and a soft halo of light would appear around the four poster bed. A report of a young boy dressed in blue was spotted, shimmering beside that spot.

In the 1920’s workmen cut through a passage and found the bones of a boy with blue fragments of clothing on it.

The bones were buried and the wailing ceased, however there are still reports of blue halo’s and lights from time to time.