Herstmonceux Castle

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Herstmonceux Castle
    In an article entitled ‘Ghostly goings-on in the forest and beyond’, the Kent and Sussex Courier mentioned the following on 23 December 2011.

    Smugglers who utilised Herstmonceux Castle, then largely ruined, as a hiding place for "brandy for the parson and baccy for the clerk" invented a ghost of their own to keep inquisitive villagers away. They circulated a story of a phantom drummer nine feet high who paraded the battlements nightly, beating a tattoo.

    Those who heard the distant sound of the drum promptly hid under the bedclothes and the smugglers went about their unlawful business.