Ghosts and spe­cial forces

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Orig­i­nally ac­quired in 1903 by Thomas Mcin­tyre, great­grand­fa­ther of cur­rent owner Jamie Mcin­tyre, Sorn Cas­tle has re­mained the fam­ily home ever since. Orig­i­nally built dur­ing the reign of Ed­ward III, the listed build­ing dates back to as early as the 14th cen­tury. Since that time the cas­tle has seen many own­ers and there have been a num­ber of ad­di­tions over the years. The last ex­pan­sion was com­pleted un­der Thomas Mcin­tyre’s own­er­ship in 1908. Apart from the main re­cep­tion rooms and bed­rooms, the cas­tle also has a few sur­prises such as se­cret doors and stair­cases (pic­tured), and of course the odd ghostly in­hab­i­tant.

In fact Sorn Cas­tle has been well known for its ghosts for hun­dreds of years. Green Jean is a beau­ti­ful lady’s maid from the 18th cen­tury who makes pe­ri­odic ap­pear­ances, and Ned the night­watch­man keeps guard over the Cas­tle. Mean­while Mar­garet lives on the ser­vant’s stair­case and over the years there have been many sight­ings of all three, but the cur­rent cus­to­di­ans can as­sure you that they are mostly friendly.

The cas­tle and grounds also played host to the SAS who were bil­leted here dur­ing World War Two, and much of their part in the fight for the bridge at Arn­hem was planned while they were there. This was the ac­tion which was sub­se­quently im­mor­talised in the film

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