Explore Christmas through the centuries at local historic homes and castles

Christmas comes but once a year and at many of our historic homes and heritage properties it really is that most wonderful time of the year.

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Caerhays on the big screen in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It was a case of lights, camera, action as Hollywood took over the Caerhays Estate in Cornwall to shoot one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the year – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

 

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7 Spooky Tales from England’s Haunted Castles

With Halloween only a week away, here’s an interesting article on some of England’s haunted castles.

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Many of England’s historic buildings and monuments set an inspiring backdrop for mysterious tales of paranormal activity, their rich heritage feeding into narratives passed through generations. This Halloween we’re taking a look at how tales enjoyed at this time of year, of witches, ghosts, vampires and ghouls are knitted into English folklore, making their mark on our culture and historical places.

Here are 7 spooky stories linked to some of England’s oldest castles.

The Vampire of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

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Writing in the 12th century, historian William of Newburgh chronicled how a former master of medieval Alnwick Castle would rise from his underground tomb and prowl the streets of the town at night, causing terror and disease. In panic, the local people dug up his shallow grave, revealing a bloated corpse which, when pierced with a spade, disgorged fresh blood, proving to them that it was…

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