Bruce Castle (formerly the Lordship House) is a Grade I listed 16th-century manor house, named after the House of Bruce who formerly owned the land on which it is built. Believed to stand on the site of an earlier building, about which little is known, the current house is one of the oldest surviving English brick houses. It was remodelled in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Bruce Castle is now a museum, holding the archives of the London Borough of Haringey, and housing a permanent exhibition on the past, present and future of Haringey and its predecessor boroughs, and temporary displays on the history of the area.
The ghost of Lady Coleraine, who was held against her will by her cruel husband in the late 1600’s, supposedly haunts Bruce Castle. Initially, he confined her to the upper part of the house and then the little rooms of the clock turret that looked onto the balconies. One November night, she succeeded in forcing her escape and threw herself with their child in her arms from the parapet. Every November 3rd, it is claimed that the apparition of Lady Coleraine re-enacts the scene and her anguished cry is heard.
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For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe and Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.