The Berry Pomeroy Castle and Seymour House ruins lay just outside the small village of Berry Pomeroy, close to the market town of Totnes, the county of Devonshire, England.
The White Lady and the Blue Lady are the two female ghosts that are stated to haunt and roam these grounds to this day! The two ghost stories often co-mingle. The White Lady is said to have been the sister of Eleanor Pomeroy, Margaret, who was envious of her beauty. The Blue Lady is seen beckoning passer-bys to help her atop the tower. Those who do fall to their deaths. She remains wailing and unable to depart the world, mourning the loss of her child.
The grounds began as a Deer Park in 1207. Enclosed by Henry Pomeroy the feudal barony of the Berry Pomeroy town. The first reference to the Tudor style mansion castle was noted in 1496. The exact dates of when it was built are unknown. In 1547, the 1st Duke of Somerset, Edward Seymour bought the castle from Thomas Pomeroy. Come 1688, the home had about 50 rooms and was stated to be in poor repair.
Edward, 4th Baronet is said to have burned the home and removed stripped the castle of useful materials to complete his home in Maiden Bradley.
A wall painting discovered in 1978 is dated back to 1490! It is the Adoration of the Magi and was hidden, untouched and unnoticed behind a thick layer of vegetation for hundreds of years.
These ruins are owned still by the Duke of Somerset. However, English Heritage watches over the estate and the castle is a Grade I listed building.
The grounds are open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.
Where are the Berry Pomeroy / Somerset House Castle ruins located? You can find it with these coordinates. 50.449215, -3.636624.