Great Castles Logo and Château de Chinon
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
England

The Ghosts of Bodiam Castle

Now just a ruin, Bodiam Castle in East Sussex was built in 1385 to defend Southeast England from the invading French during the Hundred Years' War. Although licensed for military defense, some believe Bodiam Castle is nothing more than a fancy manor built to boost the reputation of its owner, Sir Edward Dalyngrigge. Whatever its original purpose, Bodiam is considered one of the last great medieval castles in England. Its architecture, which resembles a child's toy, may be found on items ranging from postcards to jigsaw puzzles.

Although Bodiam Castle was never involved in any war, it houses restless spirits like most medieval castles.

As Richard Jones tells the story ...

"Some people passing the ruins at dead of night have reported the distinctive sound of spectral revels emanating from the hollow shell. Others have told of hearing 'strange oaths' and 'foreign-sounding songs'. Finally, there is the mysterious shade of a ghostly red lady sometimes seen gazing from one of the towers, her eyes fixed upon some distant object-although what it is, and who she was, nobody knows."

Another mysterious spirit involves a little boy dressed in clothes straight from a Dickens novel. His ghost was seen in 1994 by the castle custodian. He was seen running towards the castle but vanished midway across the bridge, suggesting he may have fallen into the moat and drowned.

Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland

This ghost story was taken from the book "Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland" by Richard Jones. We would like to thank Richard for graciously allowing us to use his text on Great Castles for some of the ghost stories presented on this site. You can find other stories by Mr. Jones on his web site, Haunted Britain.

About the Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland book: Region by region, ghost-seeker Richard Jones reveals, explains and delights in the tales of tortured phantoms eager to restage their dark and turbulent pasts. The cast of characters ranges from ghostly queens that hurl themselves from the ramparts to malevolent monks that wander the corridors. This authoritative and accessible guide to haunted sites is illustrated throughout and includes extracts from original documents.