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Horrible history at Dunster Castle

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A Christmas gift

Catherine, wife of Sir Hugh Luttrell, was presented with 'twelve capons, two little bacon pigs, and four bushels of green peas' by servants at Christmas in 1405. 

Ghostly goings on...

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The shadowy figure of a man dressed as a civil war soldier is often seen in the Leather Gallery. One medium has said he is called Richard and was killed in the grounds.

Ghostly goings on...

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One visitor had a little girl take him by the hand and run outside, before running back in. On the oak stairs they were met by a lady who took the girl's hand and disappeared.

Ghostly goings on...

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In the Blue Kitchen a naked floating foot appeared between the two doors. It took a step towards the servant boy, who was cleaning, and then vanished.

A cold freeze

One short Luttrell family cook escaped a brush with death when she fell head first into a deep chest freezer. Luckily another member of staff happened to walk by, see her feet sticking out and was able to rescue her.

Fine dining at Dunster Castle

The spicy curry

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The Maharaja of Jaipur visited in the 1930s and stayed at the castle with Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Luttrell. He brought in his own chefs to prepare a special dinner in the castle kitchens and had several guests sweating with a very spicy curry.

1680's dining

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Francis and Mary Luttrell enjoyed life's luxuries. They dined on a table of beef, bacon, beer, sweetmeat pastries, bread, biscuits, cheese and chocolates. The table would have been set with linen table cloths and napkins. The plates, knifes, forks and spoons would have been silver as would the salt, sugar, and pepper holders.

Pest control

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To keep mice out of the food stored in the kitchen rooms, they used to put mouse traps in food containers such as the floor bins. Care would be needed when removing any food though.

Victorian toilets

When plumbing was first installed in the castle there was only one toilet. This was used by the family, visitors and the servants. Imagine the queue.

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