Most Haunted At Tutbury Castle - Series 2, Episode 2 Review

April 15, 2003 1:35 AM ‐ Most HauntedParanormalTelevision

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Most Haunted At Tutbury Castle
Most Haunted visits Staffordshire to investigate the ruins of historic Tutbury Castle - in which Mary, Queen of Scots was held. The team hope to encounter a ghostly lady and meet historian Lesley Smith for the first time.

With 250 ghost sightings being reported since January 2000 alone, Tutbury Castle has it all. Dark ghostly shadows that block doorways, the dress that's said to be possessed by Mary Queen of Scots, and witch burnings. The ghost of a huge man in full Tudor armour has also been seen, as well as a hooded figure. There's also one terrifying room, the king's bedroom, that had to be closed to the public as people were fainting for no apparent reason.

Tutbury Castle has stood since 1070 and has been involved in some of the most dramatic events in almost 1,000 years. Mary Queen of Scots was held here as a prison three times, and Charles I and his nephew Prince Rupert were offered shelter here during the Civil War. Olive Cromwell ordered that the castle be dismantled for harbouring the king. Some of the ruins were repaired after the restoration in 1662, leaving the castle as you see it today. 

The episode starts with historian Leslie Smith talking about the history of the castle, she will later become a regular member of the Most Haunted team but is currently a curator at the castle. She sat with the show's resident historian, Richard Felix, during the show to validate the claims made by psychic medium, Derek Acorah.

Soon after he arrived Derek picked up on the spirit of a high priest who told him that park of the castle was a folly, made to look like ruins, Richard confirmed this was correct. He also picked up on a lot of the other haunted history of Tutbury Castle.

Later in the episode Leslie put on a replica of the dress that is supposed to be possessed by Mary Queen of Scotson, she then delivered a weird monologue. Apparently this can sometimes induce paranormal activity, but all they caught was an orb on camera.

Yvette then did a lone vigil in the King's room, which paranormal investigator Phil Whyman sat outside in the adjoining great hall next to a very ominous looking suit of armour. While Yvette was in the room the door seem to shut on its own. Later Yvette and Phil heard a huge tap on the window. As they approached the window again, they heard another sound, which sounded like a stone being thrown at the window, but the team checked and there was no one outside.

For reviews of all of the new episodes, plus highlights and evidence from the shows, and to find out when Most Haunted is on next, visit the Most Haunted episode guide.

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