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Corfe Castle

The castle was the stronghold of Lady Bankes during the English Civil War, until an employee betrayed her to her enemies, the Roundheads. The castle was blown up and left in ruins, and although Lady Bankes was treated well, she now returns as a spectre, walking the grounds with her head stooped low, usually making her way outside the castle walls to the Corfe River below. Additionally, weeping and a headless "White Lady" have also been mentioned too (she is said to be a lady who tried to bestray the castle and its occupants to the besiegers and was executed). Moaning and groaning have been heard in the dungeons; they are believed to emanate from noblemen who were left to starve to death after they had fallen foul of King John. The ghost of King Edward, predecessor to Ethelred, is said to return here, where he spent his time hunting. As he lingered near an old well, he was murdered by an assassin under the orders of Queen Elfrida who had wanted her son Ethelred to be the king. Lights near the well and the gatehouse have been linked to King Edward.

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