Berry Pomeroy is an ancient ruined Castle reputed to be one of England’s most haunted. The castle has two disturbing and horrific hauntings.
One of the ghosts is known as the White Lady. Witnesses have seen the ghostly White Lady lurking in the shadows down in the castle dungeon. She has also been spotted walking from St. Margaret’s Tower to the castle ramparts. Those who report seeing this figure associate it with feelings of depression, fear and malevolence. She has been identified as the ghost of Lady Margaret Pomeroy who was imprisoned in the dungeons by her sister, Lady Eleanor.
When their father, Lord Pomeroy, left to go on a crusade, he put Eleanor in charge. Legend holds that Eleanor was insanely jealous of her younger and prettier sister. The sisters were in love with the same man, and Eleanor imprisoned her sister out of jealousy. Margaret was imprisoned in the castle dungeons for nearly two decades, before she died a slow and painful death through starvation.
A second ghost that haunts Berry Pomeroy is the Blue Lady. Sightings have been reported as far back as the 18th century. Dressed in a long blue cape and hood, it has been claimed that she tries to lure unsuspecting male visitors to her tower by calling for help. When the men follow her pleas, she causes them to lose their footing and fall to their death.
The Blue Lady is believed to be the ghost of the daughter of an early Norman lord. She hated her father because he mistreated her and she grew into a bitter, callous and evil young woman. When she gave birth to a baby, she began to hate it so much that, in a fit of madness and cruelty, she strangled it in one of the upper rooms of the tower.
It is said that because she did such an evil thing to her own child, her troubled spirit can never find peace, and she is often seen wringing her hands in anguish. At various times, the cries of the murdered infant can be heard throughout the castle. They say that if you see the Blue Lady of Berry Pomeroy, it is an omen of death.