Castle, in Westmoreland, was once home to the first Earl of Lonsdale, sir
James Lowther. This man became better known as 'wicked Jimmy', for he was both
cruel and miserly.
day, Lowther's young lover became gravely ill and medics broke the news that
she would soon die. When she finally passed away, the Earl could not bring
himself to accept her death, and kept her rotting body in his castle, treating
it as if it still had life within it. After many weeks, he reluctantly
accepted the fact that this lifeless corpse should be cremated. The Earl was
so furious that death had got the better of him that when he himself died, his
spirit leapt from its coffin and attempted to strangle the funeral
Jimmy's ghost has been seen driving a coach and horses through the
countryside. He has a frenzied manner about him as he whips the phantom
horses, urging them to gallop faster and faster.
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