I’M A Celebrity stars could have an unexpected “campmate” with them inside the Welsh castle after a woman claimed she captured a “ghostly figure” through the window.
Toria Westwood says she got more than she bargained for while visiting Gwrych Castle in Abergele where the new series is set to be filmed this month.
A six-year-old Gwrych Castle visitor says she saw a ‘ghost’ through the windowCredit: Karl Grafton
The 200-year-old eerie castle is said to be haunted by the spirit of Winifred Cochrane the Countess of Dundonald – and Toria’s six-year-old daughter might have caught a glimpse of her.
Little Eleanor told her mum she’d seen something spooky looking out from the upper window of the castle as they visited the ruins in January 2019.
Toria said: “We love the castle – even though it is spooky – and my daughter is convinced she saw something.
“We were on the terrace taking pictures of the view and my daughter shouted ‘mum look up there’.
The spirit of Winifred Cochrane the Countess of Dundonald is said to haunt the ruinsCredit: Karl Grafton
“I quickly took a picture of where she was pointing.
“She said she saw a lady – and I can see her on the picture too.”
The Countess of Dundonald lived at Gwrych Castle in the 19th and early 20th century – and believers in the supernatural say her spirit haunts the ruins.
The Woman in White, as the locals know her as, is said to be angry that her husband stripped the castle of her valuables and sold them.
She’s nicknamed the Woman in White by locals – can you see her?Credit: Karl Grafton
Gwrych Castle became known as “The Showpiece of Wales” and over the years has attracted many visitors.
It was built between 1810 and 1825 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh.
The castle played an important tole in World War II, as the Government used it to house 200 Jewish refugees.
It also served as the training grounds for English World Middleweight boxing champion Randolph Turpin in the early 1950s.
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