The castle is haunted by the clash of steel and cries for mercy, said to originate from a civil war skirmish.
During the English civil war the castle provided a guerrilla base for Dr Michael Hudson, who organised a band of men to cause havoc with Cromwell’s troops in the area. Eventually Cromwell’s troops caught up with him and all his men were killed in a vicious battle.
The doctor, retreating to the roof of the castle fell from the top and managed to hang on to the ramparts with his fingertips. One of the roundheads promptly sliced through his fingers with his sword and he fell to his death below.
Directions: The castle lies to the North of Peterborough off the A15.