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Hastings Castle, East Sussex

Ghosts of Hastings Castle

Hastings Castle resides high atop a cliff overlooking the old town of Hastings, as well as, the English Channel towards France. Originally, William the Conqueror built a wooden motte and bailey castle, which was used as a resting place for his army before heading north to face King Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

Hastings Castle evolved from a wooden structure to stone with an outer curtain wall and central keep. The keep and curtain wall no longer exist as the edge of the cliff collapsed causing those sections to fall over the edge.

Today, only small ruins remain, but the castle and its ties to the Norman Invasion make it an important part of English history. The castle ruins are still home to a few restless spirits ...

The ghost of a nun or woman dressed in a brown hooded cloak has been seen numerous times on the West Hill below the castle, as well as near remnants of the south facing castle wall. One specific sighting occurred during the 1960s when a tourist purportedly photographed the ghost of a nun within the castle. On other occasions, a female apparition carrying a baby has been sighted before they mysteriously vanish into thin air. This ghost is rumored to be a local woman from Victorian times, who after being deserted by her fisherman lover, decided to end the lives of the baby, as well as herself in order to escape the heartbreak.

Other spiritual activity includes sightings of a female ghost dressed in white in the former tilt yard next to the castle where jousting tournaments were often held. In addition, the ghost of Thomas Beckett has been seen wandering the castle grounds.

Additional unexplained activity regarding Hastings Castle occurred during the 18th century when its ruins reportedly appeared in their original entirety to sailors viewing it from the sea.