Your Night at Margam Castle
Margam Castle in Port Talbot is a dramatic building that houses the very violent and angry spirit of a gamekeeper, reportedly murdered by a poacher. He is thought to be responsible for objects being thrown and for a foreboding presence which many have felt. An overnight Ghost Hunt at Margam Castle is certain to be a frightening experience, as rocks have been thrown during seances and people have felt surrounded by a dark, malevolent energy.
With its grand staircase, many rooms and dark corridors, ghost hunts at Margam Castle are frightening and this has become a popular location with serious investigators due to the sheer intensity of the activity what will you experience on your night at Margam Castle?
The Ghosts of Margam Castle
Many staff and visitors alike have reported witnessing a dark figure moving around the corridors, believed to be that of the murdered Gamekeeper Robert Scott, who was shot by a poacher in 1898.
The ghost of Margam Castle include his angry spirit is thought to be responsible for the more sinister activity here which includes heavy doors being slammed, Poltergeist activity and people being physically affected in such a manner that they have left the area and been too afraid to return. Heavy footsteps have been heard on the flagstone floors, extreme changes in temperature have been felt and people have even reported being grabbed forcibly during Vigils.
The History of Margam Castle
Margam Castle, a Tudor Gothic mansion was, with it’s service buildings and courtyards, built between 1830 and 1840 and it is listed Grade I as a building of exceptional quality and with some spectacular features such as the staircase. It was not until the 1820’s that Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803 and 1890) determined to build a new house at Margam.
The Margam estate had been in his family since 1536,however Thomas Mansel Talbot had demolished the original mansion house in 1787 to replace it with the magnificent Orangery that can be seen in the gardens today. Proud of this ancient family lineage Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot had always been attracted to romantic Margam. He wished to rebuild a suitable country residence which would compliment the history of Margam Castle
Margam Castle is a large Victorian era country house, built in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, for Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot. It was constructed over a ten-year period, from 1830 to 1840, on a site which had been occupied for some 4,000 years and which from the 11th century until the dissolution of the monasteries was an abbey. Although called a “castle”, the building is really a large comfortable country house, one of many “mock” castles built in the 19th century during the Gothic Revival.
After making a Grand Tour of Europe as a young man, Talbot returned to south Wales and from 1830 he set about redeveloping the family estate at Margam. The new castle was designed in a Tudor Gothic style by the architect Thomas Hopper, while Edward Haycock Snr was supervisory architect and designed parts of the interior and exterior of the house, the stables, terraces and lodges.
Talbot also took a keen interest in the project, encouraging his architects to borrow elements from Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire (ancestral home of the Talbots and home to his cousin William Henry Fox Talbot) and Melbury House in Dorset (home of his mother’s family, the Fox-Strangeways, Earls of Ilchester).
William Henry Fox Talbot was a frequent visitor to Margam, and the castle featured as an image in some of his early photographic experiments. Margam’s links with photography also include being the location of the earliest known Welsh photograph, a daguerreotype of the castle taken on 9 March 1841 by the Reverend Calvert Richard Jones. After the death of Emily Charlotte Talbot, the daughter of its first owner, the castle passed to her nephew and continued to be used by the Talbot family until 1941, when it was sold. David Evans-Bevan, who bought it, found it too large to live in, but could not find any public organisation interested in taking it on, and it fell into disrepair.
For many years it belonged to the local authority, but was not open to the public. In 1977, a fire caused substantial damage, and it was only after this that a restoration project began in earnest. Today Margam Castle is a Grade I listed building and being very well taken care of.
- Ghost hunting vigils and séances in small groups
- Workshop/separate vigils for returning guests
- Experiments including glass divination, table tipping and Ouija Boards
- Experiments including glass divination and table tipping
- Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc
- Refreshments and light snacks included such as teas and coffees
- Not suitable for people with mobility issues or walking difficulties
- Parking is on site and free