Sentry Ghost of Baconsthorpe Castle

In Norfolk, England, hidden away and nestled among farms and fields lay the ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle. The castle, which was built in the 15th century by the Heydon family, was constructed despite the need for a required license to crenelate. Its most prominent feature is the massive gatehouse, which must be accessed via a drawbridge to cross over a moat. The moat was excavated around three sides of the castle since a lake already protected the remaining east side. An outer gatehouse was added just to the south of the castle.

Baconsthorpe Castle


Baconsthorpe Castle, which was left in ruins after the English Civil War, currently resides as a peaceful place for a picnic. Its serene atmosphere is temporarily interrupted by the occasional family of bicycle riders stopping for a visit. But the castle ruins are still home to one.

As Richard tells the story ...

The sleepy ambiance of the castle has made it difficult for at least one former resident to leave. Many visitors have heard the sound of plopping and, on turning, have discovered ripples radiating outward across the glassy surface of the moat. Looking up, they see a ghostly sentry standing on the walls, lobbing "plum stones" into the otherwise peaceful water. No one knows who he is, and since his spectral activity is undisruptive, witnesses are content to leave him to enjoy his harmless fun.

- Richard Jones