Helmsley Castle

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Helmsley Castle in the North Yorkshire Moors is breathtaking and well worth a visit.

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Helmsley Castle in Yorkshire

The Ghosts of Helmsley Castle

The ruins are said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier dating to the time of the English Civil War and the ghost of a green lady who has been seen walking through the grounds of this 12th century ruin, with her long green dress floating softly behind her. There have also been accounts of small pixie like creatures, but my favourite piece of research doesn’t involve ghosts. Do you remember your nursery rhymes?

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Helmsley Castle in Yorkshire

Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie

Kissed the girls and made them cry

When the boys came out to play

Georgie Porgie ran away

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham has a connection with Helmsley Castle, but he may also be the real Georgie Porgie.

George (1592 – 1628) was very controversial and it’s strongly rumoured that he had an affair with King James I that he used to his advantage.

He was very much a play boy type figure and liked to go both ways, enjoying numerous affairs with young ladies of the court that caused a lot of resentment. It has also been noted that he forced his advances on women (kissed the girls and made them cry) while managing to avoid confrontation (when the boys came out to play).  Due to his relationship with King James I, George was pretty much protected. This nursery rhyme ridicules George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and King James I relationship that was open. The king is quoted as saying..

You may be sure that I love the Earl of Buckingham more than anyone else, and more than you who are here assembled. I wish to speak in my own behalf and not to have it thought to be a defect, for Jesus Christ did the same, and therefore I cannot be blamed. Christ had John, and I have George.

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