Chillingham
Chillingham Castle
A small village in northern Northumberland best known as the location of Chillingham Castle, home of the Tankerville family. Chillingham Castle is reputedly the most haunted castle in England.

The White Cattle

Chillingham is home to a unique herd of wild white cattle, which has lived here for at least 700 years. The herd of about 90 cattle have been retained within an enclosure since the medieval period, with enforced inbreeding for over 3 centuries to ensure that the unusual colouring remains unaltered. The cattle live to about 15 years of age and are reckoned to be among the rarest animals on earth.

In addition to the famous white cattle, the parkland of Chillngham Castle is home to large herds of roe and fallow deer.

St Peter's Church

The parish church of St Peter dates to at least the Norman period. Within the south chapel is a marvelous ornate 15th century tomb to Sir Ralph Grey and his wife. The alabaster tomb was crafted around 1440 and shows painted effigies of of Sir Ralph and Elizabeth Grey atop a beautifully carved chest ringed with 'weepers' around the base. Sire Ralph famously executed his own son at the castle.

Chillngham Castle

The castle was founded as a monastery in the 12th century, but was converted into a fortified residence from 1344. The defences were necessary, for Chillingham was repeatedly attacked by Scottish raiders, and often used by English arrmes heading north to do battle. The castle is home to a host of ghosts - if you believe all the stories - but the famous is the 'blue boy' who used to haunt the Pink Room. The hauntings apparently ceased after skeletal remains of a man and young boy were discovered in the castle walls during restoration work.

Another historic building in the village is a fortified bastle house near Hepburn Wood.