Some kind of structure has existed on the site of Taunton Castle since Saxon times. In 1138, Henry of Blois, transformed a manor house into this mighty castle and it has been a feature of the town ever since. But perhaps its most notorious age relates back to the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, known locally as the ‘Duking Days’. Many Somerset people suffered at the hands of the authorities after the failed uprising and Taunton Castle was the scene for some of the trials of the Bloody Assizes, when hundreds of people were sent to their death by Judge Jeffreys, who the Most Haunted team have encountered at various locations before.
Inevitably the castle has gained a reputation for being steeped in the paranormal. In the Great Hall where many of the trials were carried out, the sound of marching feet is heard, thought to be soldiers bringing prisoners to face the bloody assizes. On the castle landing, the figure of a man in period dress and wig, carrying a sword and pistol has been seen and the ghost of a fair-haired woman has been reported. Even the ‘hanging judge’ Jeffrey’s himself, has been known to make a spiritual appearance. And as the team have crossed swords with the Judge in the past, a memorable visit is guaranteed
First Broadcast: 15th August 2006
A self confessed super fan of Most Haunted and editor of GhostMag.com. Matt’s passion for ghost hunting began when he moved into a haunted house in his second year of university in Leicester! His favourite location is the Niddry Street Vaults in Edinburgh.