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Brief History

Pengersick Castle in Praa Sands is believed to be one of the most haunted locations in Cornwall. The Pengersick family have lived here since the 12th Century when it was built. However, there is evidence that the site dates back to the Bronze age, some 5000 years ago. The Pengersick family where amongst the most notorious in all Cornwall, with many legends associated with them throughout the years. The Pengersick’s suffered in numbers during the plague in the 1400’s, and the remaining heiress then entered a dynastic marriage which then resulted in the creation of the Tudor Towers which you see at the castle today.

During the past 35 years the castle had been under the ownership of the late Angela Evans. Mrs Evans founded the Pengersick Historic & Education Trust in order to fund the restoration of the castle after she had passed away. The castle is now owned by the trust in which she set up, and work on restoring the castle to its former glories continues to this day.


Pengersick Castle Ghosts

It’s been reported that there are over 20 ghosts that haunt the castle and its grounds. Perhaps the most common of which is the apparition of a monk. He can often be seen around the small forest at the end of the medieval garden. Instead of the usual appearance of a monk with long brown robe, this monk is wearing a wide brimmed hat.

Guests have awoke in the middle of the night to find the apparition of a woman standing looking out of the window. After a few moments gazing out into the night, she turns and walks to the bed, lying down clutching her stomach in agony. Could this be a former lady of the house who has been poisoned? It is believed it is, however, there isn’t any historic evidence to suggest this.

The ghost of a 13 year old girl is said to haunt the battlements after she was blown over the edge by a strong gust of wind whilst dancing. She is believed to attempt to push people over if she doesn’t approve of them.

The ghost of a young boy has been known to go around pulling on women’s dresses, or attempting to hold their hands.

Other reports include:

  • A woman seen walking through a wall
  • a man swaying in a corner
  • a girl lying on a bed
  • a ghostly cat and dog!
  • strange orbs caught on film
  • and electrical equipment failing inexplicably.

Pengersick Castle certainly has its fair share of paranormal reports. If you are one of the brave few who would like to attend an investigation, they are held regularly.

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