Amberley Castle was constructed as a 12th-century manor house and fortified in 1377, giving it a rhomboid shaped stonework enclosure with high curtain walls, internal towers in each corner, a hall and a gateway. It was used as a fortress by the bishops of Chichester. The walls, gateway and two of the towers remain as a Grade I listed building and are now in use as an exclusive privately owned hotel.
The castle was reputedly haunted by the ghost of a servant girl from the 1300's who was unable to stop the "lustful attentions" of a bishop. She became pregnant and died in childbirth. Her ghost is said to look mournful as she watches from the walls of the castle.
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The Rectory at Amberley was once reputed to be host to what Joseph Braddock described as ‘an evil haunting’.
Two apparitions were reported there, these being that of a young girl and an old man. According to sources, the skeletons of of a young girl and an adult female were discovered beneath the dining room floor in 1904.
Pictured left is a view looking towards the rectory at Amberley courtesy of Basher Eyre.
For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.