The Half Ghost of Spofforth Castle
In the middle of a little village of Spofforth in North Yorkshire, rests the ruins of Spofforth Castle. While the castle has 13th century foundations most of what structurally remains today is from the 15th century. The castle, which was dismantled in the 17th century, currently remains virtually unnoticed and unvisited with the possible exception of a resident ghost. For those who do visit Spofforth Castle, there is a rather cold and empty feeling when walking around the ramparts, almost as if it is filled with some great sorrow.
As Richard Jones tells the story ...
"It occasionally happens that people approaching the ruins are startled by a female entity of a bluish-white hue that appears momentarily on top of the tower. Suddenly she will throw herself groundward, the hideous spectacle of the plummeting phantom made even more gruesome by the realization that only the upper half of her body is visible. The lower section chooses to remain in whatever ethereal domain her journey begins. Who she is, or was, or why she felt the need to kill herself, nobody has ever been able to ascertain, because she has the annoying habit of disappearing at the moment of impact."
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.