Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire was built by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1133 and it remained his official residence until 1547 when it was taken for the Crown by Henry VIII. King John visited the castle on many occasions and died after a night of feasting here in 1216.
During the English Civil War it was a Royalist stronghold until Charles I was captured at Southwell in 1646, at this point he ordered the castle to surrender. The Parliamentary forces subsequently destroyed the castle so the Royalists would be unable to use it in the future.
Restoration work began at the castle in 1845 and was completed in 1848. The corporation of Newark purchased the castle in 1889, the building is now officially classified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is Grade I listed.
The history of the castle is full of tales of treason, murder, suicide, and intrigue. Paranormal activity has been reported at Newark castle on many occasions. One of the ghosts seen most frequently is that of a Castle Ranger. In the early 1900s he was found in the Kings Bedroom hanging by the neck. Many tour guides in recent years have seen his spirit still jolting and twitching as if even today he is still struggling for breath.
The castle dungeons have often been a location favoured by spirits. Hushed voices can be heard here at night, and sometimes screams and shouting emanates from the curtain wall. At other times loud chanting has been reported from empty rooms. If any visitor has courage enough to descend into the Oubliette where many prisoners were left to rot they may encounter what many have called a feeling of oppression, surrounding them. There have been many ghosts reported at Newark Castle, in locations ranging from the dungeons to the top of the building. A visit here provides an intense experience which will not be easily forgotten.