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Powis Castle dates back to the 13th century when it was a medieval stronghold for the Welsh princes of Powys. It is now the ancestral home for the Earls of Powis and has been continuously lived in for over seven hundred years. It is only to be expected that a castle with such a long history would have acquired a few ghosts over the years.
A lady wearing black has been reported several times by members of staff seated by the fireplace in the Duke’s Room. The sound of a ghostly piano playing has also been reported from the Ballroom Wing when it is empty and the doors locked. There is also, according to one story an interactive apparition of a man wearing a gold-laced suit. An old woman was staying at the castle and one night she was visited by this figure three times. On the third visit she followed the ghost, who led her into a small room. He lifted a floorboard and which revealed a hidden chest. The ghost then showed the woman where a key was hidden in a crevice in a wall. The ghost then instructed the woman the woman that they must be sent to the Earl of Powis who was in London and should this task be done, he would stop haunting the castle. The key and chest were sent to the Earl who was so happy that he arranged for the woman to be looked after for the rest of her life.