Hylton Castle

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Robert (or Roger) Skelton was a stableboy who was murdered and disposed of in a well. After his death, messes that were left overnight became tidied by the morning, the imprint of a body appeared in ash, and a cook say a naked boy saying he was cold (leading to the ghost being nicknamed “The Cauld Lad of Hylton”).

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Geographic Information

English Heritage
North Hylton
Sunderland SR5 3PA
United Kingdom

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54.9224505, -1.4429761000000099
Tyne and Wear
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Monkwearmouth, UK (2.4 mi.)
Sunderland, UK (2.5 mi.)


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  1. My maternal grandparents lived on Coleridge Road, a walkway directly opposite Hylton Castle. In the 1980s we’d stay with them during the summer holidays and my sister and I went down to the Dene (a little brook down the slope to the right of the castle as you look at it, one boiling hot day, to get some water to cool off. It suddenly turned extremely cold and the atmosphere just went really “heavy”, I don’t know how to properly describe it. Anyway, we ran like the wind back up the slope into the open, and it was a boiling hot summer day again just like before.
    Years prior, my mum worked in the clinic directly opposite her house on Coleridge Road, and that was built on the original location of the stables where The Cauld Lad was murdered. All sorts happened there: trays full of cups of tea lifting and then dropping down, radios turning themselves on full blast, and one night, all the lights turning on and off inside the building, when nobody was in there. Several people saw it, including my mum, and the caretaker of the building who lived round the corner. The police were called and witnessed it, and it was only with them present that the caretaker dared go in, after which everything stopped. An electrician was called the next day and said there was nothing wrong with the wiring or the electricity supply to the building. This would have been between 1966 and 1970. The clinic isn’t there now, there are some new-build properties on that land. But I’ve often wondered if they’ve had any trouble from The Lad in those new houses!

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