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Goodrich Castle

This castle was fought over by both Royalist and Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War. When the castle was held by Royalists, Colonel Birch, the commander of the opposing faction was aware his niece, one Alice Birch had eloped and was inside with one of his enemies, Charles Clifford. When she and her lover tried to escape in the dark, they were soon spotted and fell under musketry fire. Their fatal flight is sometimes re-enacted, with the horse rearing up and the riders falling dead into the river before vanishing. The two lovers are also seen in the ruins and fields nearby, and their cries heard on stormy nights. There are also tales of an Irish Chieftain who was held prisoner here and died trying to escape; his phantom is said to haunt the tower, which is sometimes given the alternate name of "The Macbeth Tower".

Link: Hereford Times

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