Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England

Lumley Castle

Lumley Castle

Lumley Castle is a 14th-century, Grade I listed building and currently a hotel. It is named for its original creator, Sir Ralph Lumley, who converted his family manor house into a castle in 1389 after returning from wars in Scotland. However, after being implicated in a plot to overthrow Henry IV he was imprisoned and ultimately executed, forfeiting his lands to the Earl of Somerset. In 1421 the ownership of the castle reverted to Sir Ralph Lumley's grandson, Thomas.


The castle is reputed to be haunted by the first wife of Sir Ralph Lumley, who became known as the 'Lily of Lumley' owing to her beauty. She was supposedly thrown down a well in the castle grounds by priests for rejecting the Catholic faith, who then told Baron Lumley she left him to become a nun. Her ghost is said to float up from the well and haunts the castle, and according to Jones there have been over 300 sightings of this lady in white. A procession of monks have also been sighted walking on a path to the right of the hotel.

Lumley Castle Hotel,

Chester le Street,

County Durham,

DH3 4NX.


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For further information, please read Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Chester-le-Street is a town in County Durham, England.

It is located 7 miles south of Newcastle upon Tyne and 8 miles west of Sunderland on the River Wear.

Pictured left is Lumley Castle courtesy of Bill Henderson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.