Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 9: Part 6: Ghostly Legends in Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Ghosts

Although we didn't find any ghosts in the 10 rooms we were able to walk through in Windsor Castle, there are a number of them that have been reported.

According to:  the following ghosts were reported:

Henry VIII's ghost
Henry VIII hasn't been seen, but has been heard in the Cloisters, groaning and dragging his ulcerated leg (which led to his death). He's buried at Windsor Castle, in a vault in St. George's Chapel.
Queen Elizabeth I's ghost
Queen Elizabeth the first was Henry VIII's youngest daughter. She is reputed to haunt the Royal Library. People have reported hearing her heels on floorboards in the library and adjacent inner room.   She's been seen at a window in Dean's Cloister, wearing a black gown and shawl. 
A dreary, haunted Windsor Castle
King George III's ghost
King George III is buried at Windsor Castle and he was locked in a room below the library whenever he went mad.  Some guards have reported seeing him in the window.   . Guardsmen have occasionally been startled to see his face still looking out through the window.

Coats of arms for kings in Windsor Castle's floor
Hern the Hunter
Hern the Hunter is the most famous ghost at Windsor, and he haunts the Windsor Great Park. Hern was King Richard II's huntsman. Hern threw himself in front of a raging stag to save King Richard II. Legend has it that as Hern lay dying, a wizard appeared and said that the only way to save Hern's life was to cut off the stag's antlers and to tie them to Hern's head. This was done and Hern recovered and found favor with the king. Other huntsmen were jealous and the king reluctantly dismissed Hern to keep peace in the kingdom. Hern was crushed and hanged himself in the forest. His ghost is seen in the forest and sometimes he is wearing antlers on his head and is covered in chains.
 In 1962, a group of youths found a hunting horn in the forest and blew it. Immediately, the call was answered by another horn and the baying of many hounds. Then Hern himself appeared with the antlers on his head and riding a black horse.

Coats of Arms Trivia

As a side note, we found a marker containing the coats of arms for 6 kings. Here's a factoid for you: One lion represents the period from 1154 to 1189. Three lions represent the period from 1198 to 1340. The combination of the three lions and the many fleur de lis cover the period 1340 to 1367. While the three lions and the three fleur de lis covers 1399 to 1603.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next