The once majestic castle has been reduced to a romantic ruin. It is reported to be one of the mot haunted places in the British Isles. There are several tales associated with the castle and although the castle only retains a little of its former glory and grandeur, it continues to captivate visitors who come in thousands.
The castle lands were originally given by William the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomeroy. It was a reward for unfailing support and loyalty. The castle can still be seen standing on the grounds until today. Henry de Pomeroy ordered the castle built and by the time of his death in 1305, it was nearly completed.
The castle remained in the hands of the Pomeroys until the 1540s. Sir Edward Seymour then acquired the castle with the help of his influential family. Sir Edward Seymour was the brother of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII. He made numerous changes to the castle but it was not long before he made a lot of enemies as the Lord Protector. He was then removed from power by the Earl of Warwick, imprisoned and executed.
The castle remained in the hands of the Seymours until 1688, when it was finally abandoned. The once well-kept castle then started to deteriorate. A good number of rooms were uninhabitable. The English Heritage took over in 1977 in an effort to save the castle from complete ruin. In a continual effort to restore the castle, restoration work still goes on.
Ghosts of Berry Pomeroy Castle
The castle is said to be the abode of various spectres. A number of ghostly phenomena and ghostly sightings have been reported in the castle. Some of the most reported apparitions in the castle are that of the Blue Lady and the White Lady.
The White Lady is the restless soul of Margaret Pomeroy. She haunts the dungeons of St. Margaret’s Tower and has been seen waving to visitors. She was held captive in the castle dungeons by her own sister, Eleanor, because of jealousy and starved to death in the dungeons.
The Blue Lady lures people into various parts of the castle and gets them lost. People believe that she is the ghost of the daughter of one of the Norman castle lords. She was raped by her father and became pregnant with his baby. Her father strangled the child in one of the rooms of the castle. Other tales say that it was she who strangled the child. She has become the death portent of the Seymours.
People have witnessed strange lights in the castle. Voices have been heard and cold spots in the castle have been reported too. There are also the apparitions of a lady wearing a grey dress and a Cavalier, as well as ghostly shadows.