Haunted I’m a Celeb castle’s staircase death, terrified Ant and ghostly screams11/19/2020
The I'm A Celeb crew have been left traumatised by unexplainable paranormal goings on the set of the show at 19th Century Gwrych Castle.
Workers on the show which kicked off on Sunday have reported seeing shadowy figures in windows, chilling screams in the darkness and a floating 'woman in white'.
Some workers have even 'refused' to work in certain areas of the 200-year-old castle, which is rumoured to be haunted by the ghosts of its former residents and staff.
The ghost of the Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane, who died in 1924, is said to roam the corridors of the castle at night.
She attempted to leave the castle to King George V to end 1,000 years of private ownership, but the gift was refused and it was put on auction.
Her husband Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald, sold of all her possessions and then bought the impressive home.
There has also been reported sightings on set of an old game keeper, a distressed dairy maid and a butler.
What's more locals believe the spirit of a servant girl who died falling off a horse haunts the grounds of the castle.
There are monthly ghost hunts at the castle where staff recount their chilling paranormal encounters.
One of the most haunted areas of the castle is the Countess’s Tower, which is located within the gardens.
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A volunteer said in September 2018, she was flung up the stairs on the staircase where a butler had died.
"The handrail gave way to nothingness and I felt something propel me up the top three stairs," Jenny said.
"Seconds later, my colleague told me the butler died right there on that same staircase. I hadn’t told her what just happened!"
Duty Manager Dewi said he felt a horrifying presence approach him in the darkness.
Dewi said when he flashed a light he couldn't see anyone.
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He said: "Terrified, I heard the chain on the main gates rattle slightly and then the footsteps began to advance towards me.
"It was pitch black on the Main Terrace, and I was waiting for the electrician to finish in another part of the castle so I could lock up.
"The footsteps grew closer and closer…and then came to a dead stop about a foot in front of me.
"Barely able to take a breath, I got out my phone and flashed its torch…but there was nobody there."
Graham Jones, a former Knight of Gwrych, who did battle re-enactments and jousting at the castle, is another person who is adamant that the council is haunted.
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Graham, who worked at the castle from the 1970s to the early 90s, heard sounds of a horse snorting and clopping on cobbles, as he walked home from the castle.
But when Graham looked behind him there was nothing there
Graham told the BBC: "After the siege show, the castle's manager asked me to get a flag pole on the roof. I went up to do it, out through a little doorway in the roof and there was an old woman sitting on the floor.
"She snapped 'You can't go this way!' so I went the other way and somehow she got there before me. She kept saying 'You're not allowed up here!'.
"When I got back I asked the manager about the old lady and he said 'What old lady?'."
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Graham later said he recognised the mystery lady in a very old photograph of former staff, who died long before his alleged meeting with her on the castle roof.
A security guard who worked at the castle once heard someone coming down the kitchen steps and then saw nobody and felt someone breathing on the back of his neck.
A ghostly figure was reportedly seen at a window of Gwrych Castle during the launch night.
A member the TV crew has told The Sun they had seen a floating woman in white and ghost hunters had felt her presence.
They said: "Several of the crew are completely horror-stricken and don’t want to go up to the castle.
"There are lots of lights on the main sets but there are also many dark areas behind the scenes and some noises are extremely spooky.
"Even staff who don’t believe in that sort of thing are reluctant to go up to some of parts that were supposed to be used for running equipment and camera positions."
Gemma Williams, a paranormal investigator, claimed she was "chased by a glowing woman wearing a red dress" during an overnight stay.
She told the Daily Mail: "My friends and I stood there in absolute shock looking at her," she explained.
"She had an old fashioned red dress on, a white shawl going over her arms and curly blonde hair.
"We heard an almighty scream from her, it was really, really loud, which made us run again, it broke the trance. We ran down the front of the castle at full pelt.
"We all got to the bottom and said one by one that we had seen a lady in a red dress. There was no explanation for it at all."
While filming an Instagram video I'm A Celeb presenter Ant McPartlin spotted something in the distance and jokingly started to run away as he clutched his chest.
"It was the woman from props. It wasn't the Countess," Ant joked to his co presenter Declan Donnelly.
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