Picton Castle and Gardens

Christmas Ghost Stories

There is a well-known tradition of telling ghost stories by the fireside at Christmas especially on Christmas Eve, it was a beloved Christmas tradition in the late 1800s into the early 1900s, during the frigid temperatures and long nights. Some of the most popular ghost stories to be told on a cold winter’s night are ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘The turn of the screw’ by Henry James. Most people would use their local history to create their stories

For centuries many believed that throughout the winter solstice  (The longest day of the year) the veil between the living and the dead was at it’s weakest. Allowing ghosts and spirits to walk freely.

There are not many ghost stories around Picton Castle but a few people believe that the spirit of a 17 year old girl called Mable Jane who died on the 6th of November 1893 in an accident caused by her older sister, has been haunting the castle for years. She was brought home after they had been in a crash on the 3rd of November 1893, she’d suffer the most in the accident and had both legs amputated, all though her family tried to save her she died three days later. She was buried at the closest church St John Baptist Churchyard in Slebech which was only 30 minutes away from the castle. Recently there have been quite a lot of strange things happening near her old room – mirrors jumping off the wall and smashing, taps turning on by themselves, footsteps and whistling when no one is there… Merry Christmas to you all!




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