BOLSOVER Castle in Derbyshire has been named as the 'spookiest' English Heritage site, reports the Daily Mail.

The paper says that the 17th century castle is built on an ancient burial ground and was once home to William Cavendish - the first Duke of Newcastle. 

Visitors have reported hearing muffled disembodied voices, doors slamming on their own, and unexplained, eerie lights.

Lucy Hutchings, regional director at English Heritage, said: “Our sites are soaked in history and from bloody battles to dark deeds, not all of their stories are sweetness and light.”

The Daily Mirror tells us that the villagers of Comrie in Perthshire, Scotland are to decide how to spend money left to them by a German soldier who was touched by the kindness he found when he was held there as a prisoner-of-war in the Second World War.

Heinrich Steinmeyer left £384,000 to the 2,000-strong community in his will after he died aged 90.

He was 19 when he was captured in a battle for a bridge in Caen, France in 1944 and was kept alongside 4,000 German troops the Cultybraggan prisoner of war camp.

After the war, he returned to Comrie and made lasting friendships with locals and later settled in Scotland, only returning to Germany late in life to care for his mother.

An article in the Daily Telegraph newspaper explains that the first ever Bramley apple tree, which has been afflicted with the honey fungus infection, could be saved for the nation by a university. 

Apparently the tree was grown from a pip planted by a child, Mary Ann Brailsford, in 1809, in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.  By 1944, more than a quarter of a million Bramley trees were growing in commercial plantations across England and Wales. 

The tree is now slowly dying, but Nottingham Trent University hopes to rescue it, by buying the cottage where the tree stands in the back garden and turning it into postgraduate student accommodation. 

Professor Robert Mortimer, dean of Nottingham Trent University's School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, said: “The Bramley is the nation's favourite cooking apple and the original tree is one of the most significant and well-known.

“Unfortunately it will inevitably perish due to disease, but we would like to try to preserve this great tree for the people of Southwell for as long as possible.”

There was a surprise in store for the person who bought a second-hand wardrobe at an antique sale, according to an article in the Daily Mail.

For when he got home he found a stamp inside showing it once belonged to Buckingham Palace.

The marking, carved into the wood, states 'VR BP No.79 1866' - which stands for Victoria Regina, Buckingham Palace, used in Room 79 and dated to the year 1866.

Now the mahogany wardrobe has now put it up for sale at auction where it has been given an estimate of £3,500.

Richard Bromell, from Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse, said: “Rarely do you come across furniture or chattels from any Royal residence on the open market.

“This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of furniture that resided in Buckingham Palace during the reign of at least two monarchs.”

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