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Location: Dudley Castle
Address: Castle Hill
Aprox. year Built: 1070
The History -
A stable block was constructed on the site at some point before 1700. This was the final building to be constructed in the castle. The bulk of the remaining habitable parts of the castle was destroyed by fire in 1750. However, in the nineteenth century, the site found a new use as a 'Romantic Ruin' and a certain amount of tidying up of the site was carried out by the Earls of Dudley. Battlements on one of the remaining towers were reconstructed and two cannon captured during the Crimean Wars were installed. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century the site was used for fêtes and pageants. In 1937, when the Dudley Zoo was established, the castle grounds were incorporated into the zoo. Despite being situated on the edge of Dudley town centre, the castle was situated within the borders of Sedgley -
which was part of neighbouring Staffordshire rather than Worcestershire -
Dudley Castle was a great location with lots of activity throughout the night. Our investigation started with a mass vigil with the entire group in the Great Chamber area of the castle. In this vigil we had the presence of a young lady. Members of the group felt cold chills and could feel the presence of energy around them myself included. Our medium was aware of something around or near me but did not say any more than this at the time. We used one of the other young lades in the group to do a human pendulum with the spirit that was with her moving her body forward and back for Yes and No answers. We took it in turns around our circle to as the questions. The outcome was that it was a young girl that was killed by her father in on of the cottages. We also had loads of activity on the K2 meters that were located on the floor of the Chamber.
From here we split into three smaller groups, our group stayed in the Chamber area but moved into a different room. We started with the ouija board with little activity. However we did have activity on the K2’s. We had already done a sweep with a Mel meter to ensure there was no EM radiation in the area. It was at this point the medium explained that she had seen a figure step in front of me on the mass vigil, it was a tall man wearing military uniform. We then moved into another room where we had some knocks and bangs and some unexplained shadows.
After a short break we started the second vigil in the main entrance to the Chambers. We started with calling out and used a laser grid to try and see movement but after 30 mins with nothing apart from a few knocks from the room next door we moved back into the main Chamber. In here we made a circle with a K2 on the floor in the middle. This time the spirits wanted to talk. At first it was just random lights on the K2 and when I spoke we seemed to get nothing. Then we had one spirit come through that from my questions seemed to be the soldier from earlier that had been close to me on the first mass vigil. From our questions he was a soldier who was shot in Iraq and he was a Colour Sergeant. He seemed to have a link to the castle but we could not get much more information as the vigil came to an end. In our own time a few of us returned to the chamber after going to the top of the main towers which had a great view but we did not pick up any spirits. Back in the chamber this time was quiet with no spirits coming through. This was the same on our last vigil in The South-