Are Wilton Castle’s Ghosts Under Threat?
SAMUEL SHIRO wonders what will happen to Wexford’s Wilton Castle’s ghostly residents if the property developers move in
Wilton Castle, which is not to be confused with the castles baring the same name in Yorkshire and Herefordshire, is a castle in County Wexford, Ireland. Like many castles that date back as far as the 13th century, it was abandoned at some point, but it wasn’t abandoned by some of its previous owners. The Alcock Family.
The Alcock Family, under William Alcock in 1695, were actually the first individuals to change the name from the Keyer (the original name) to Wilton Castle as we know it today. And they were also to leave the estate’s most lasting legacy.
Colonel Harry Alcock is the subject of the ghostly legacy of these crumbling blocks and weather-beaten walls, though. In 1840, Harry Alcock died and then the haunting began. It was said that each year on the anniversary of his death a ghostly carriage could be seen driving away from the castle gate at sunset.
Whilst it sounds far-fetched, many people can attest to it. One local blacksmith came forward and claimed that he actually spoke to the spectre of the fallen Colonel. These sightings even became so common that crowds of people would stand outside the estate to watch for the carriage in earnest.