Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle, a Grade I listed building overlooking the River Tame. The site has been fortified since Anglo-Saxon times, when Æthelflæd, the Mercian Queen, built a burh to defend against Danes. It was rebuilt and enlarged by the Normans, who started the keep and curtain walls.


The castle is reputedly haunted by a number of ghosts: a White Lady born from a legend - she was supposedly the mistress of Sir Tarquin who was killed by Sir Lancelot; an apparition known as "The Black Lady of Tamworth". She is actually a nun and appears in what is called the "Ghost Room". Audible phenomena include footsteps, voices and furniture being moved. Some claim to have been pushed by something unseen, whereas one custodian was "temporarily blinded" when something that felt like sand was thrown at her face. When she regained her composure she reported seeing a 2 metre high smokey mass moving towards the window and disappearing.

Tamworth Castle,

The Holloway,


Staffordshire, B79 7NA.


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For further information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones; Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe; Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones and Britain's Haunted Heritage by J A Brooks.


Visitor Information

Tamworth is a large market town in Staffordshire, England.

It is situated 14 miles northeast of Birmingham city centre and 103 miles northwest of London.

Pictured left is Tamworth Castle courtesy of Chris Buet. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.