Footage of what is claimed could be the ghost of a former queen has been captured by a history enthusiast at a ‘haunted’ Warwickshire castle.

Paul Sanders filmed the amazing footage of a ghostly lady in red at Astley Castle near Nuneaton.

The 42-year-old could not believe his eyes when the figure, which was wearing a flowing red gown, appeared by the doorway of the medieval castle.

Mr Sanders, who is a tour guide at Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire is heard on the footage expressing his shock at what he had just witnessed.

While giving a commentary on an old well at the 13th century castle in the village of Astley between Nuneaton and Fillongley, he suddenly jumps in surprise after filming the apparition.

On the footage Mr Sanders can be heard saying: “This could be an old door, or a well or a cellar.”

A still from the footage captured by Paul Sanders at Astley Castle which shows a ghostly 'lady in red'
A still from the footage captured by Paul Sanders at Astley Castle which shows a ghostly lady in red

Panning across to take in the view of the castle, Mr Sanders suddenly says: “Now there is a lady standing there, I hope that is not a ghost.

“I’m just going to pan it round. I just saw a lady but she’s gone.

“I’ve got to look at this footage back. I saw a lady. Did I just see a ghost? I think I just saw a ghost.”

Mr Sanders posted the footage on Twitter and TikTok and within 48 hours it went viral with more than 50,000 views and shares.

A still from the footage captured by Paul Sanders at Astley Castle which shows a ghostly lady in red
A still from the footage captured by Paul Sanders at Astley Castle which shows a ghostly lady in red

He was filming a documentary about castles in Coventry and Warwickshire when he stumbled across the eerie spectre last Wednesday (February 3).

He said: “I was doing this mundane video for a homemade documentary about the 12 castles surrounding Coventry between the 11th and 15th century – and there was a dark-haired lady standing there.

“I wasn’t sure if it was a ghost or a lady. She was wearing a long black skirt, a red top and was looking rather forlorn. I was intrigued.

“As I continued walking on the castle site I couldn’t see anyone – she disappeared.”

Mr Sanders added: “I was on a permitted dog walkers’ route and it was very quiet.

“She cannot have gone inside as the castle is closed to the public and the main gates are padlocked.

“I’ve always been interested in castles. When you delve into the history of Coventry there were 12 castles within 10 miles of Coventry, in conjunction with the 12 city gates.

“I’ve found eight – but four are missing. This particular site is believed to be haunted.”

Mr Sanders believes the ghost could have been that of Lady Jane Grey who lived in the castle in the 1550s.

She was crowned queen in 1553 but he reign lasted just nine days before Queen Mary took the throne.

Astley Castle is widely regarded as one of Warwickshire’s hidden gems.

Pre-pandemic it is only open to the public during an annual open day.

However people can rent the sensitively restored castle to stay in through the Landmark Trust.

As an unusual holiday let Astley Castle is hugely popular and generally booked-up several years in advance.

The property remains one of Warwickshire’s best kept secrets when it comes to enjoying a short break somewhere truly different.

Astley Castle reopened in 2012 after a £2.7m restoration project, which began in 2005 to mark the Landmark Trust’s 40th birthday.

Fusing the old with the new in 2013 it won a major design award, the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture.

Some of the original 13th century stonework and timbers were preserved and integrated with a modern design to create plush accommodation sleeping up to eight, complete with picturesque views over the Arbury Estate.

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