Famous Fred the Castle Labrador adopts more ducklings
Fred, the famous Labrador dog who lives at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex is not ducking out of his duties as he again steps in to foster seven day-old ducklings. The mother, a Muscovy duck, had fourteen babies yesterday morning but for some reason left half of them behind in the nest when she wandered off to the nearest pond with the other half of the ducklings dutifully following along behind her.
11 year old Fred became famous last year when he fostered nine orphaned ducklings and baby sat them until they were old enough to be integrated into the safety of the medieval castle grounds with all the other animals that roam freely within the 10 acre site.
So only this morning, as soon as Fred was shown the little ducklings all huddled together, he instantly lay down around them to keep them warm much to the delight of the Castle’s owner, Jeremy Goldsmith, who breathed a huge sigh of relief when he knew that dear old Fred was willing to step in. “He took to his role like a duck to water”. Fred indicated straight away that there would be no ducking out of his duties as he settled in around them. Within minutes the ducklings accepted their odd looking new mum and were climbing all over him.
Lupin the oldest Fallow deer living in captivity celebrates her 25th birthday on 1st June at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex.
Lupin was found 25 years ago injured on an Essex road after a car had collided with her and her twin, that was heartbreakingly dead beside her, on a country road and just drove off leaving them both. Luckily the castle’s owner (Alan Goldsmith) was the first to come across her lying unconscious in the middle of the road late that night on his way home and brought her back to Mountfitchet Castle where she received some urgent initial veterinary care. The Castle staff then lovingly looked after her for many weeks helping her to regain her strength and heal her wounds and where she now still lives happily along with the other rescued deer and animals that enjoy the freedom within the safety of the 10 acres of the medieval Castle and Norman village.
Let’s wish her many more years to come of good health and care and continuing enjoyment for her and the castle visitors alike.
Footnote. Fallow deer in the wild only live to an average age of 15 years because their teeth wear down and they can no longer chew their food.
We had a super turn out for Professor Jons Famous Flea Circus on Tuesday 9thApril. The fleas behaved themselves beautifully and put on a fabulous performance.
We are hoping that the talented fleas will be coming back again with Professor Jon this coming August. Please watch this space for further details.
Our first chicks of 2019 have hatched in plenty of time for Easter
We were so pleased to find the 14 freshly hatched Frizzle and Silkie chicks with their very proud mums this morning despite the blustery night. It didn’t seem to have bothered them at all. They will be looking forward to meeting our visitors this Easter so pop us in your diary for a visit and let the children enjoy our free Easter Egg trail.
Ghostly Happenings at Haunted Mountfitchet Castle
Latest ghostly happenings at the famously haunted Essex Medieval Castle and Norman village.
The newest resident ghost at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex appeared again to startled ground staff late last night. Whilst on their last security check of the evening the two members of staff suddenly became aware of a huge drop in the temperature inside the Grand Hall in the inner bailey of the Norman medieval village and suddenly fleetingly saw the apparition of a hooded monk pass across a doorway and vanish behind the figure of the Baron sitting at his banquet table. The last time this ghost was seen, and captured on camera, in the very same area was back in 2010.
Mountfitchet Castle is open everyday until Sunday 11th Nov and is hoping the ghost will decide to appear again spookily in time for our fun Halloween pumpkin event which is running everyday over the half term until 4th Nov.
Three baby Peacocks hatched just this morning.
Antiques Road Trip & Diversity's Jordan!
The cast and crew of the Antiques Road Trip came to Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted today the 14th June to film Diversity’s Jordan Banjo and expert Philip Serrell for a scene for an episode of the popular day time show on BBC.
No ducking out of this one, its double trouble!
Once again, Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted has been blessed with another batch of not nine but eighteen freshly hatched ducklings, but Labrador Fred, the famous father of nine ducklings won’t have to worry this time as their mother is carefully looking after her brood and she proudly brought them out of their nest for the first time this morning to have a wander around the castle grounds.
Fred is still being kept busy with his brood but they are growing up fast now so he is beginning to get more well-earned rest times from the mischievous youngsters.
Medieval Siege Weapon Spectacular 2018
For the whole month of August (except Saturdays)
- Marvel at the building and construction of our new huge medieval Catapult
- Climb the Towers that would guard against attack from enemies
- Watch and join in with the amazing firing of our famous full-size medieval Perrier Catapult
- Children’s free colouring-in cards of various siege weapons
- Free stamp hunt with a gift
- View an attacking army’s siege tower and imagine how they would scale the palisade walls to take over the Castle
- Walk through the full sized Battering Ram
- Plus so much more
Lots of fun in store for all the family for the whole month of August (except Saturdays)
No need to book – No extra charge – Lovely Café on site, or bring your own picnic.
Nine Lives for Nine Ducklings
Fred the resident dog at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted stepped up to the challenge when nine little ducklings became orphaned last Thursday. The ducklings’ mum had disappeared and a member of staff found them waddling around the castle grounds alone. The team were very worried about the ducklings but Fred, a 10 year old Labrador, immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since.
The ducklings absolutely adore him and he has now resigned himself to being a stay at home dad looking after the 9 baby ducklings. They are getting very mischievous even hitching a ride on his back and following him in to the water for a swim in the castle moat.
Our recent story regarding Fred the Labrador has gone rather mad and has been featured on quite a few news websites, all over facebook, twitter and Instagram!
Check out some of the links below…
New for 2018 at Mountfitchet Castle
Come and see our adorable Pygmy Goats