Anniversary could get spooky!

Legend says that today’s the day spooky howling can be heard from the keep of Dudley Castle – from the devoted dog of the Grey Lady ghost.


DZG Presenters, who take visitors on regular ghost walks around the castle, say April 28th is the anniversary of the death of the woman whose famous spirit is said to roam our site.

The Grey Lady is believed to be the spirit of Dorothy Beaumont, the wife of the Royalist Second in Command, who died on this day in 1645.

DZG Presenter Dorrie Hall said: “Today is the anniversary of the Grey Lady’s death.

“The legend says you can hear ghostly howling coming from the keep from Dorothy’s devoted dog, on the anniversary of her death.

“Our visitors could be in for a spooky encounter in and around the castle today. It wasn’t that long ago a couple captured a ghostly picture on their mobile phone while visiting the zoo.”

js_halloween_zoo_10_0Last October a ‘ghost’ photograph – shown right – taken by two of our visitors sparked a global media frenzy with the story hitting headlines around the world.

DZG visitors Dean and Amy Harper, who captured a grey lady ‘ghost’ in a shot of Dudley Castle on their mobile phone, made print, radio, online and TV headlines across the UK and overseas including New York, China, India, Italy and Australia.

The couple got in touch with us after noticing what appeared to be a grey female figure in the doorway of the Sharington Range Tudor palace.

Many ghost hunters regard Dudley Castle as one of the most haunted in the UK.

They say the Grey Lady wanders aimlessly around the castle and its grounds because Dorothy was tormented by the fact her two dying wishes were not granted.

After her daughter died during childbirth and just before her own death a short time later, Dorothy had asked to be buried beside her baby and that her husband attend her funeral. 

Enthusiasts say the ghost of Dorothy can often be seen near the 11th Century Castle keep and in our Courtyard Café, formerly called The Grey Lady Tavern.

They claim to have heard many unexplained sounds and extreme drops in temperature inside the café building.