Six hauntings said to occur in the UK every September

Local legends suggest September is a busy month for the supernatural, with manifestations of screaming kings and bloody brides aplenty.

The Paranormal Database offers a glimpse into the often sinister histories behind the stories.

Here’s a rundown of six hauntings that could be occurring in your area in the next four weeks.

Devil’s destruction

Location:Brampton Bryan Park, Herefordshire

Legend says that the Devil returns to this former deer park every September 3.

In 1658, a great storm damaged the site and blew over some of the finest trees, coinciding with the death of English statesman Oliver Cromwell.

It is said Satan passed through Brampton Bryan Park to collect his soul – and still returns annually to ravage the land once more.

Ghostly couple

Location:Rainthorpe Hall,Norfolk

Two ghosts are reported to meet in the gardens of the hall in the early evening of September 8.

One of the manifestations is said to be Amy Dudley (nee Robsart), who died on the very same day in 1560, aged 28.

The circumstances of her death, from falling down a flight of stairs at Cumnor Place, Oxfordshire, have often been regarded as suspicious.

The other ghost said to appear is either her half-brother John Appleyard or husband Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

Bloody bride

Location: Baldoon Castle ruins, Dumfries and Galloway

The spirit of Janet Dalrymple in a bloodied wedding dress is said to return to the site of her fateful marriage every September 12.

Forced into teenage matrimony with the heir of Baldoon Castle, David Dunbar, in 1669, Lady Dalrymple was found on her wedding night cowering in the corner of her room with her husband bleeding from stab wounds.

Although he survived, she died just weeks later, seemingly heartbroken after being separated from her family and true love, Lord Rutherford.

Lady Dalrymple’s tragic story inspired Sir Walter Scott’s 1819 Waverley novel, The Bride of Lammermoor.

Royal screams

Location: Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

The screams of Edward II are reported to be heard around the castle every September 21, the anniversary of his death.

Deposed following the collapse of his regime in 1327, the king was murdered with, as legend would have it, the assistance of a red-hot poker.

The skin of an animal was once on display near the entrance of Berkeley, which some said belonged to a giant toad discovered in the dungeon. It was more likely the skin of a seal, reports the Paranormal Database.


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Haunted castle

Location: Sherborne Castle, Dorset

The ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh is said to appear near a tree on his Sherborne Castle estate every September 28.

The explorer, a favourite of Elizabeth I, was executed for treason on the orders of her successor, James I, in 1618.

Other ghosts claimed to haunt the Tudor castle include horses and a ghostly child.

It was once thought the property was cursed after ill fortune befell several of its owners.

‘Mad Jack’

Location: Mytton and Mermaid Hotel, Shropshire

Local legend suggests the spirit of John ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton visits the hotel that bears his name every September 30.

An eccentric squire and one-time MP at the time of the Regency, Mytton was said to live with 2000 dogs and 60 cats while drinking six bottles of port per day.

But his money eventually ran out and he died in a debtors’ prison, aged 37.

His ghost is reputed to visit the hotel on his birthday.

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