Chillingham Castle: well named // Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England (Chillingham Castle)

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Chillingham Castle: well named

The appropriately named Chillingham Castle has a grisly past. Used as a base-camp by by King Edward I for his attack on William Wallace in 1298, many Scots were imprisoned there. Legend has it that the castle is haunted by John Sage, the professional torturer who applied his horrific skills to many of them.

Known for punishments such as cooking his victims over a fire or simply starving them to death, Sage's spirit is rumoured to be trapped in the room in which the torture instruments were housed. If the spiked chair and iron maiden currently in residence aren't enough to give you the creeps, check out the lines prisoners carved into the wall to keep track of time or the child's skeleton stored in a vault below the floorboards.

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