Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pics of a Ghost in Gwrych Castle?

Gwrych (pronounced "Greek") Castle was built in the first quarter of the 19th-Century and bequeathed to King George a century later, but could not be accepted. Gwrych Castle served as the "Showplace of Wales" in the 1950s, and remained a tourist attraction through the 1980s, when it was run as a Medieval re-enactment attraction. However, Gwrych Castle's condition went into steep decline. The castle served as the backdrop of a 1997 movie, but is thought to have stood derelict since 1985.

Which is why the image of a young woman in a first-story window so shocked 48-year old photographer, Kevin Horkin, when his pictures of Gwrych Castle were developed. The sharp-chinned brunette can be clearly seen, staring intently out of the first-floor window. While it is possible a living person was there at the time the picture was taken, Horkin claims he saw no one. Further, the floorboards beneath the window have rotted away, so experts say there is no way any living person could stand there! The figure is also transparent.

Some believe the woman in the picture, who appears to be in her 20-30s or younger, to be the Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane. However, one witness who claims to have seen the very same apparition some 60 years ago, believes it to be that of a servant girl who died when she fell from a horse.

Gwrych Castle, considered one of the most haunted sites in England, has been sold to a hotel company which released plans to renovate the castle and reopen it as an upscale hotel, but these plans have yet to materialize.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

3 comments:

  1. Gwrych Castle is in Wales, not England. As for the supposed ghost, take a look at this recent photo which shows the floor clearly in place behind the window:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4663847896/
    Think someone's got a bit carried away...lol

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  2. Shortly after this story went viral, the man who took it (Kevin Horkin) was revealed to be the founder of a "psychic management" company called Parallel Management, and announced plans to open a psychic school in the building.

    You can find the follow-up here. You can also read the lamentations of a fellow paranormal blogger.

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  3. Gwrych Castle is in Wales, not England. As for the supposed ghost, take a look at this recent photo which shows the floor clearly in place.

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