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Margam Castle is a large mansion house built in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, for the Talbot family. It was built on a site which had been occupied for some 4000 years and from the 11th century was an abbey. The "castle" is actually a comfortable Victorian era country house, one of many "mock" or "revival" castles built in the 19th century during the Gothic Revival. It was commissioned by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890) and was constructed over a ten-year period from 1830 to 1840.


There are many reports of a spirit who is beleived to be Robert Scott. He was employed as the gamekeeper at the house for many years. It is reported that Scott was murdered by a poacher and his angry spirit still wanders the grounds today. His ghostly apparition is often seen walking down the Gothic staircase leading to the Castle. His presence is often reported by Psychic Mediums, all insisting his spirit is consumed with rage over his untimely and unjust killing. There are regularly reports of the sound of giggling children echoing through the long corridors and rooms of the family areas. There have also been sightings of children in Victorian dress drifting in and out of doorways and mischievously moving objects.
The dominating figure of what is beleived to be the blacksmith is a familiar sighting to many of the gamekeepers and gardening staff who maintain the vast castle grounds. Even the night security guards often report sounds of running footsteps and chattering voices, but can give no explanation due there being no living intruder.
Reports of cold spots and orbs are a very common phenomena in the Castle, it appears the Castle and surrounding grounds is a haven of psychic energy.
Projectiles have been thrown at many who have conducted seances and endeavour to communicate with the spirits. Perhaps the most violent and angry spirit is reported to be that of Robert Scott who is said to have slammed doors and hurled projectiles, and emit a foreboding presence.

Photograph Technique

HDR - Multiple layered images of various exposures, tonemapped and then colour edited giving this animated appeal.
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4285x2845px 8.85 MB
Shutter Speed
100/49999 second
Focal Length
18 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 3, 2011, 4:39:19 PM
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el-lab's avatar
great photo^^