Margam Castle, a Tudor Gothic mansion was built between 1830 and 1840 and it is a listed Grade I building of exceptional quality and with some spectacular features such as the staircase.
The Margam estate had been in his family since 1536, however Thomas Mansel Talbot had demolished the original mansion house in 1787 to replace it with the magnificent Orangery that can be seen in the gardens today. Proud of this ancient family lineage architect Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot had always been attracted to romantic Margam. He wished to rebuild a suitable country residence which would compliment Margam’s illustrious history.
The site was deliberately chosen for its historic associations and picturesque position at the foot of a wooded historic hill, Mynydd-y-Castell, itself the site of Margam’s earliest habitation, with the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey and the eighteenth century Orangery visible to the West. The prospect of the house, rising above the Orangery and monastic remains to the west is unique in Wales.
Margam Castle is one of the most haunted mansions in Wales and is also one of the scariest. The most frequently encountered spirit is thought to be Robert Scott, a gamekeeper at the house for many years. Robert’s wraith is one full of anger and rage because of his unjust murder by a poacher. He has often been seen purposefully ascending the Gothic staircase leading the castle and is allegedly accountable for some of the most amazing poltergeist activity.
The sound of giggling children is frequently reported through the long corridors and dramatic rooms of the family areas. There have been reports of children in Victorian dress seen drifting in and out of doorways and mischievously moving objects.
Many of the staff who maintain the castle and its grounds have had some incredible sightings and activity. At night security guards have reported running footsteps and chattering voices with no sign of any living intruder. Large stones have been thrown at those who hold seances and endeavour to speak with the spirits. The most violent and angry spirit is certainly Robert Scott who is said to have slammed doors and hurled projectiles, and emit a foreboding presence.
Margam Castle is an impressive and dramatic site and was only recently been reoccupied after many years of disrepair. The number of paranormal stories coming from the site on a regular basis could make this property a contender for most haunted house in Britain.
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Address: Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ