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Location: Newark Castle
Address: Newark Castle
Aprox. year Built: 1100’s
The History -
In a charter generally thought to date to 1135, King Henry I granted the Bishop of Lincoln permission to build a castle. The charter reads. Henry, King of England to all the Barons and to the Sheriffs and to his ministers and faithful men of Nottinghamshire, Greeting. Know ye, that I have granted to Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln, that he may make a ditch and rampart of his fishpond of Newerk upon the Fosseway and he may divert the Fosseway through the same town as he shall wish. Alexander also established a mint at the castle. This early castle was most likely of timber construction, and was rebuilt in stone towards the end of the century. King John died after a feast at this castle on the night of 18 October 1216 from dysentery. The castle was slighted in 1648 and left derelict. Between 1845 and 1848 architect Anthony Salvin restored the castle, and in 1889 the corporation of Newark purchased the building and carried out further restoration work.
Once the main hold in Newark the castle is now just mostly in ruins with only a few rooms left standing. How ever it is still a scary place to be on a dark cold wet night which is what we had for our investigation. Below are floor plans showing what left at the site.
Firstly I would like to set the scene of the evening. On what you would think would be a nice clear evening in June turned out to be wet and cold. The rain did not stop all day and throughout the night. As we arrived at the castle we all meet in one of the underground rooms by the keep.
This room had big archways and later in the evening was the location of activity that did scare some of the other investigators there that evening. After the initial briefing about the night and the location we all went on a walk around to see the location and which parts of the location we would be using for the nights investigation. While on the walk round was also did some very quite vigils in two for the rooms which did not provide us with any evidence but did set the energy levels for the evening.
Vigil One -
While calling out we did get some tapping but again this seemed to be random and we would not like to say that this was paranormal.
Vigil Two -
Vigil Three -
Vigil Four -
Surprisingly I found both these rooms to be carm and peaceful. Others in the group did not feel the same way but as we had no activity I can only put this feeling down the trapped feeling as the only way out was a ladder and a small opening.
Vigil Five -
The best evidence captured in this room was the torch that had been places on a table that came on when asked. We then had the light coming on and off at request.