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Bolsover Castle Ghost Hunts , Derbyshire Ghost Hunts

Bolsover Castle - Derbyshire 

Do you dare explore Bolsover Castle in the dark?

Built on an ancient burial ground and overlooking a town once described as “the Satanic capital of Britain” Bolsover Castle is one of the country’s most haunted sites. In fact, there are so many reports of paranormal activity that staff keep a special 'ghost book' for visitors to record their experiences.

Ghost hunts at Bolsover Castle take you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. Don't forget to bring a torch – things are going to get dark…

This stunning Grade I heritage site sits majestically in the Derbyshire hills and dates back as far as the 12th Century when it was then known as Bolsover Manor, lived in by one of William the Conquerors Knights. Taken over by Royal Seizure in 1155, it was soon besieged once again in 1216 before being abandoned in 1322. In 1600 the Cavendish family took residence where the little castle was added, and the now Bolsover Castle became a lavish estate fit for a king. Over the centuries, Bolsover Castle has been a place of luxury and disrepair, now in the ownership of the English Heritage since 1945. It is without question that such an expanding historic estate that Bolsover Castle is haunted. Rarely investigated, guests who visit  this site are likely to encounter the paranormal sensation here. 

History Of Bolsover Castle 

The castle was founded in the late 11th century by William Peveril, one of William the Conqueror's knights, but it was neglected from the mid-14th century. Its ruins provided the setting for the Little Castle begun in 1612 by Sir Charles Cavendish as a retreat from his principal seat at Welbeck, a few miles away.

The design of the Little Castle was intended to evoke a Norman great tower, which it resembles viewed from a distance, rising sheer from the cliff. The interior continues the impression, with massive round Romanesque vaults in the basement and pointed Gothic ones on the entrance floor. The great windows of the upper floors were designed to give panoramic views across the landscape.

When Charles Cavendish died in 1617, most of the structure was finished. His son William – playboy, poet courtier and later first Duke of Newcastle – inherited the Little Castle and completed the interiors with the help of the architect John Smythson.

What resulted was a kind of ‘toy keep’, housing tiers of luxurious staterooms. The exquisitely carved fireplaces and richly coloured murals, and panelling of its exceptionally well-preserved and beautifully restored interiors still take the visitor on a metaphorical journey from earthly concerns to heavenly delights.

William also added the vast and stately Terrace Range overlooking the Vale of Scarsdale, now a dramatic roofless shell. To show off his achievement, in 1634, he hosted Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria here, when the entertainment Love’s Welcome, a masque specially written for the occasion by Ben Jonson, was performed in the Fountain Garden.

During the Civil War, William fought for the Royalists, but he was defeated at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644 and went into exile. During his exile, William met his wife, Margaret, who had travelled to Paris as a maid of honour to Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.

Upon the return of the Cavendishes to England in 1660, William and Margaret began to restore their estates. At Bolsover, they rebuilt the state apartment in the Terrace Range and built the cavernous Riding House Range with its magnificent roof and viewing galleries. The Riding House is one of the earliest England to survive complete and a landmark in British equestrianism. Here William indulged his passion for training great horses in stately dressage.

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