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 Post subject: The Islands Paranormal Hot Spots
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:46 pm 
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The Isle of Wight is well worth a stay, with many varied things to see and do. For the Ghosthunter, you could always try these haunted sites:

Needles Battery

The Needles Battery was comissioned by act of Parliament under the then PM Lord Palmerston in the 19th century. A high level gun emplacement built to protect the western approach to Southampton Water and the Solent, it nonetheless became obsolete as the advances in warfare eclipsed it. The battery is said to be haunted by phantom soldiers, often seen in the tunnel linking the searchlight to the fort. A ghost car is also reportedly seen winding its way up the steep hairpin bends of the approach road.

Arreton Manor

Arreton Manor sits in the lovely Arreton Valley. Its a mainly 16th century house with later additions, but incorparates an earlier monastic range. Ghostly monks are seen in the garden and the old part of the house. Although several spirits dwell within its walls, the lonely ghost child Annabel is the most frequent visitor, often seen looking out of the window she was pushed through to her death. The manor was visited by MOST HAUNTED in 2005.

Osborne House

Royal residence of Queen Victoria whilst she stayed on the Island. Ghost stories from here are few and far at the moment, with resident local ghost expert Gay Baldwin only recently getting information about the alleged hauntings at the house.

Sandown Zoo

The modern zoo is built inside the shell of yet another Victorian coastal fort. The story goes that there was a terrible accident during a gun firing drill, a soldier was decapitated by the recoiling gun and its his spirit which is seen and heard around the old fort.

Dimbola Lodge

The ghost of Margaret Cameron, famous in life for photography, has been sighted several times inside and outside her former house, now a museum dedicated to her life.

St Catherines Lighthouse

In 2005, author Gay Baldwin in her book "Most Haunted Island" reported a story about the new lighthouse (built here in the 19th century) and its ghost. This was supported with a compelling picture of a shadowy figure seen up in the light chamber. There is an even older version of the lighthouse high up on St Catherines Down dating to the 14th century and quaintly nicknamed "The Pepperpot"

Appuldurcombe House

Home of the affluent Worsley family from the 16th/17th onwards, the House id now a shell owned and cared for by English Heritage. The old ticket office is haunted by an unseen force, voices are often heard around the house and grounds, a ghostly monk walk past the house near the field and various other figures are seen too. The house was also visited by MOST HAUNTED in 2005.

Carisbrooke Castle

The most important defensive work on the Island. Dating from Saxon times, Carisbrooke was the military base for the garrison of the Island. Successive improvements to its defences saw it fend off French attack and it was later adapted for cannon with angle bastions. A ghost of a dog-walker is often seen along by the bastions with four small and dainty dogs. The wellhouse habours a spirit which seems confined to the deep well itself. King Charles who was imprisoned here is seen too. The nearby churchyard is home to a "...dark shape" which terrified a witness. Carisbrooke was once the Island capital until Newport was founded in the 12th century. Newport is stacked full of ghosts and these are best found out about on the fantastic NEWPORT GHOST WALK.

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