30+ Haunted Places in Norfolk (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 03, Mar 2017
Table of Contents
- The Lodge Hotel, Old Hunstanton
- The Golden Lion Hotel, Hunstanton
- The Scole Inn, Diss
- The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich
- The Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn
- The Globe Hotel, King’s Lynn
- The Tudor Rose Hotel, King’s Lynn
- The White Hart, King’s Lynn
- The Bank House Hotel, King’s Lynn
- The George Hotel, Swaffham
- Ffolkes Arms, Hillington
- Hunstanton Hall
- King’s Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Line
- Thetford Warren Lodge
- RAF West Raynham
- Raynham Hall
- Norwich Castle
- Elm Hill, Norwich
- Curat House, Norwich
- No 19 Magdalen Street, Norwich
- The Augustine Steward House, Norwich
- The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
- The Adam and Eve, Norwich
- The Lambs Inn, Norwich
- The Wildman, Norwich
- The Coachmakers Arms, Norwich
- Lollards Pit, Norwich
- Cromer Pier
- Thetford Priory
- Castle Rising
- Blickling Hall
- Felbrigg Hall
- The Exorcist’s House, King’s Lynn
- Purfleet Quay, King’s Lynn
- The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Swaffham
- The Kings Arms, Swaffham
- The Muckleburgh Collection, Weybourne
- Great Yarmouth
The Lodge Hotel, Old Hunstanton
The Lodge Hotel situated along the Old Hunstanton Road in Old Hunstanton is said to be haunted by a grey old lady.
Terrified witnesses at the hotel have witness her ghostly apparition pass through solid objects.
She also been seen wandering around the area outside the hotel.Click Here to Stay the Night at the Lodge Hotel
The Golden Lion Hotel, Hunstanton
Situated on the Green in Hunstanton you’ll find the splendid Grade II listed Golden Lion Hotel.
In 2005, a lady staying at the hotel was rudely awoken one night by the ghostly apparition of a young girl with ringlets…
She was described as wearing an old fashion style blue and white dress.
Apparently, she manifested at the bottom of the shocked witnesses bed and then proceeded to skip over to a wardrobe in the corner of the bedroom before vanishing into thin air!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Golden Lion Hotel
The Scole Inn, Diss
The Scole Inn is located a stone’s throw away from Diss.
It’s an old coaching inn which dates to 1655. It was built by a wealthy Norwich merchant called John Peck.
Back in 1750, a young woman called Emma was staying at the inn and was violently murdered by her jealous husband.
Her spirit is now said to haunt the old inn…
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses on the stairs, in the bar area and in one of the inn’s bedrooms.Click Here to Stay the Night at the Scole Inn
The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich
The grade II listed Maids Head Hotel situated on Palace Street is said to be haunted by a former mayor.
His ghostly apparition has been seen by shocked witnesses shaking his head whilst walking around the hotel’s courtyard.
A former maid dressed in grey has also been witnessed within the hotel…
Apparently the witnesses have smelt the strong scent of lavender once she had disappeared!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Maids Head Hotel
The Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn
On the eastern side of Tuesday Market Place you’ll find what is said to be one of King’s Lynn’s most haunted buildings.
The Grade II listed Duke’s Head Hotel!
The hotel dates back to 1683 but it actually stands on the site of an ancient inn called the Gryffin.
The hotel is said to be haunted by quite a few ghosts.
In 1531, a maid murdered her mistress by poisoning her.
For her crimes, she was boiled to death in a large pot in front of a baying crowd in the middle of Tuesday Market Place!
Terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a weeping lady in 16th century dress throughout the hotel.
It’s believed that she’s the ghost of the executed maid!
There’s another ghostly female figure which is often seen wandering around the hotel’s corridors and on the staircase.
She’s known as the Red Lady and is believed to be the ghost of a woman who committed suicide over her two lovers.
Keeping to the suicide theme…
A man at the hotel was brought to Room 18 after he tried to kill himself.
For a short time afterwards, it was said that terrified hotel’s guests would flee the room due to the ghostly moans believed to have been caused by the spirit of the suicidal man!
In 2011, renovation work on the hotel came to a temporary halt when the bones of a cat were found hidden in the ceiling of Room 10.
You see, in the 17th century it was common to brick up cats within building to ward off evil spirits and witches!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Duke’s Head Hotel
The Globe Hotel, King’s Lynn
In the corner of Tuesday Market Place you’ll find another of King’s Lynn’s hotels which is reputed to be haunted…
The historic Globe Hotel!
On some occasions, guests staying at the Georgian hotel have remarked on the chilly atmosphere.
But, it’s nothing to do with the hotel being draughty!
You see, many say that the cold spots are created by the ghost of a murder victim who was killed in the hotel’s stables.
Today, the stables have now been incorporated within the hotel.Click Here to Stay the Night at the Globe Hotel
The Tudor Rose Hotel, King’s Lynn
Just off Tuesday Market Place in St Nicholas Street you’ll find the Tudor Rose Hotel…
The timber-framed hotel dates back to the 1500s when it started life out as a medieval merchant’s house.
The hotel is said to be haunted by quite a few ghosts!
Room 7, the back bar and the restaurant are all known for their paranormal activity.
Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady in the hotel’s restaurant.
It’s said that she’s the ghost of a bride who was shockingly stabbed to death in the hotel by her newly wedded husband.
Phantom footsteps are also heard throughout the hotel on quiet nights!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Tudor Rose Hotel
The White Hart, King’s Lynn
At one end of St James Street you’ll find the White Hart.
The present day White Hart is said to date back to the 17th century.
The building is said to be haunted by a ghostly monk who’s thought to originally be from the King’s Lynn Minster which is just across the street from the pub.
It’s said, that the Minster and the White Hart where once connected by a tunnel which has since been bricked up!Click Here to Stay the Night at the White Hart
The Bank House Hotel, King’s Lynn
The Bank House Hotel in King’s Staithe Square is a Grade II* Georgian town house which has now been converted into a rather nice hotel.
It was originally built for a wealthy local wine merchant but was converted to a bank house in 1780.
Members of staff often report that they feel like something unknown is watching them do their daily duties.
On one occasion, a terrified witness saw a ghostly apparition of a lady wearing a long black dress!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Bank House Hotel
The George Hotel, Swaffham
In the town’s centre, Station Street to be precise, you’ll find the Grade II listed George Hotel.
The hotel dates back to the early 18th century.
It’s said to be the town’s most haunted building.
Some people say it’s haunted by up to five ghosts!
The most infamous ghost associated with the hotel is that of the Green Lady.
Both members of staff and terrified guests alike have witnessed her ghostly green apparition on many occasions.
Strangely, she’s often seen holding a pan for some reason!
The other ghosts said to haunt the George are a maid, a night porter, a crying child and the gay ghost.
Many of the hotel’s young male members of staff have reported the feeling of something unknown tugging at their belt or trouser zip…
The phantom culprit is said to be the gay ghost!
Many people at the hotel have reported being tapped on the shoulder or even pushed by an unknown entity.
The most paranormally active rooms in the hotel are said to be the old dry store room and the basement.Click Here to Stay the Night at the George Hotel
Ffolkes Arms, Hillington
The Ffolkes Arms situated on the A148 in Hillington is said to be haunted by the ghostly apparition of a young nanny.
During the late 19th century, it’s said that she committed suicide by jumping to her death from one of the attic bedroom windows.
It’s said that she landing and embedded herself on some iron railings!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Ffolkes Arms
The Le Strange family have had their ancestral home located in Old Hunstanton since the time of William the Conqueror.
In the mid-18th century, Dame Armine le Strange moved into Hunstanton Hall after her brother Sir Henry died.
One of Armine’s prize possessions was a gift from the Shah of Persia… it was a beautiful Persian rug!
Now it’s said that Armine’s son was a bit reckless with the family’s wealth.
So, on her deathbed Armine made her son promise to her that her prize possession would remain at Hunstanton Hall.
At what’s more, if the rug would ever leave the hall, she would return from the grave to haunt the house!
After the death of Armine, her son was good to his word as he placed the old rug in a wooden box and put it in the attic where no harm could come to it.
Well eighty years later and I think you can probably guess what happens next…
There was a new mistress at Hunstanton Hall called Emmeline le Strange.
One day, she came across the boxed up moth eaten old rug in the attic.
Not knowing of the cursed on the rug, she decided that it would be cut up and she would then distribute the pieces to the poor of the village.
When Emmeline returned at dusk to the hall after her good deed in the village, she saw a woman in grey at one of the first floor windows glaring down at her!
She also noticed that the lady looked similar to her husband and naturally assumed a relative had come to visit them.
Entering to the hall, Emmeline asked the servants who the lady was and whether she had been offered any refreshments.
She was surprised when the servants were adamant that there had been no visitors to the hall that day.
On the return of her husband, Emmeline told him about the rug and the lady in grey at the window…
He soon put two and two together remembering his ancestor Armine and the story of her cursed rug.
That night, the couple had a disturbed sleep due to sound of phantom footsteps pacing around outside their bedroom door.
The next day, it was decided that all the rug’s pieces were to be collected from the village sown back together.
Unfortunately, this did not appease the ghost of Armine.
You see, it’s said that she continued to haunt Hunstanton Hall until Emmeline died.
Today, the hall has been converted into posh apartments with some spooked residents reporting that they have witnessed a ghostly apparition of an angry lady dressed in grey!
King’s Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Line
There’s an old disused railway track which at one time ran from Hunstanton to nearby King’s Lynn…
Back in 1863, there was a terrible train crash on this line in which six people were tragically killed.
During the 1960’s, the King’s Lynn- Hunstanton line was closed.
But it seems that this was not the end of the service.
Up until the 1970’s, shocked locals were still reporting seeing trains travelling along where the old train track once laid!
Thetford Warren Lodge
A couple of miles west of Thetford along the B1107 there’s an interesting old stone and brick building called Thetford Warren Lodge.
It’s believed that the lodge dates back to the 1400s!
The Prior of Thetford had the lodge built to protect the gamekeeper and hunting parties against armed poachers.
Later in the 18th century, the lodge was used by the warreners to store and dry rabbit skins.
Now, there are a couple of eerie stories associated with the old lodge…
The first is a strange story with similarities to the Black Shuck legend of East Anglia.
There’s supposed to be a phantom white rabbit with large flaming red eyes which haunts the surrounding area of the lodge.
If you clap eyes on this devilish beast, well I’m afraid it’s curtains for you!
As the legend dictates, anyone who witnesses the ghostly white rabbit will have terrible misfortune brought upon them.
The other ghostly story associated with the old lodge is that of an apparition of a faceless man… probably a leper!
You see, it’s believed that in medieval times there was a leper colony in the countryside close to the lodge.
Well, today the area around the lodge is popular with dog walkers and runners.
And some of these unfortunate people have reported seeing a ghostly figure of a man with a weird eerie looking face.
He’s typically seen staring out of the first floor window of the lodge.
But, he’s also been seen around the building or actually leaving it.
On one occasion in July 2011, a ghoulish figure wearing blue and cream clothing was seen…
The terrified witness said he had no face, just black holes for his eyes and mouth!
Some believe that the figure isn’t a leper but in fact a ghostly warrener still protecting his rabbits or maybe even the spirit a murdered poacher…
Whoever this ghostly figure is, he’s often seen by terrified witnesses in the summer months.
RAF West Raynham
RAF West Raynham is a former RAF station which is located two miles west of the village of West Raynham.
It was opened in 1930 and was used during the Second World War by RAF Bomber Command who lost eighty six aircraft during the conflict.
The station was closed in 1996 and eventually sold in 2006.
Recently, planning permission has been granted for a solar farm to be built on the site.
Now if you’re a Most Haunted fan then you’ll know that the team did a seven night live investigation of RAF West Raynham called The Silent Town back in 2010 during a very cold week in January.
They investigated the Control Tower, the Armoury, Hangar 3, the Guard’s House, the Chapel, the Sergeant’s Mess, Base HQ, the Officer’s Mess and the Hospital.
And if you watched the live programs then you’ll remember that the whole sight is very active and a ghost hunter’s dream.
The Officer’s Mess is said to be haunted by a Polish pilot who was killed during the Second World War.
His ghostly apparition is mostly seen in Room 7 but has also been seen in the Dining Room.
On one occasion, an American Officer’s wife got the shock of her life when the ghostly Polish pilot walk straight through her and then disappeared through the wall of Room 7!
The social area of the Armoury is said to be haunted by a mechanic who sadly committed suicide in the building…
He’s ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses hanging from the rafters!
The Control Room is said to be haunted by a poltergeist who’s has been known to thrown objects at unwitting visitors.
A black shadowy figure who’s believed to be a murder victim is often witnessed in the Chapel…
The ghost is said to be very aggressive towards unwelcomed visitors of the base!
Scared witnesses have also reported seeing a green ghostly figure in the bar area of Sergeant’s Mess.
The Hospital, the Fire Station, Hanger 3, Base HQ and the Guard’s building have all had reports of paranormal activity taking place within them…
Terrified witnesses have heard eerie phantom screams coming from the hospital whilst many people have seem mysterious lights coming from the fire station when it should be empty.
It safe to say, that RAF West Raynham is one heck of an eerie place!
If you head north out of East Raynham along the A1065 you’ll come across the impressive gates of Raynham Hall on your left.
This magnificent country house is over four hundred years old and is the home of the Townshend family.
Raynham Hall is infamous for its Brown Lady ghost.
In September 1936 a photographer working for Country Life magazine called Captain Hubert C Provand was taking photographs for the magazine at the hall.
Provand had already taken one photograph of the hall’s main staircase and was setting up for another shot when his assistant Indre Shira noticed an apparition of a woman manifesting on the stairs in front of them.
Provand quickly took a shot resulting in probably one of the most infamous ghost photographs of all time…
The photograph of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall!
So who exactly was the Brown Lady and how did she get her name?
Well the Brown Lady is said to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole who was the sister of Britain’s first Prime Minister Robert Walpole.
She’s referred to as the Brown Lady because in the infamous photograph taken by Provand she’s said to be wearing a brown brocade dress.
In 1726, she sadly died of smallpox at Raynham Hall at the age of 40.
She’s connected to the hall because she was the second wife of Charles Townshend.
Legend says that he had a terrible temper and when he discovered that his wife had an affair with Lord Wharton he locked her in her apartment at the hall.
Now local rumours said that Lady Walpole didn’t die of smallpox but of a broken neck after she was pushed down the staircase!
The first sighting of the Brown Lady at Raynham Hall happened in 1835 during a Christmas gathering.
Colonel Loftus, together with another guest, witnessed the Brown Lady near their bedrooms.
In 1836, the author Captain Frederick Marryat spent three nights at the hall.
On the third night he came across the Brown Lady in one of the hall’s corridors where he attempted to shot her through the face…
The ghostly apparition just disappeared into thin air right in front of him!
In 1926, Lady Townsend’s son and his friend were scared witless when they witnessed the Brown Lady on the staircase.
King George IV was the most famous person to witness the Brown Lady.
He was sleeping in the State Bedroom one night when he was rudely awoken by a ghostly apparition of a woman dressed in brown with a pale face and messy hair…
It’s said that he left the hall rather quickly after his ghostly encounter!
Since the infamous Country Life photograph by Provand in 1936 there haven’t been any reported sightings of the Brown Lady at the Hall.
This is probably a good thing as some people believe that a sighting of the Brown Lady is a warning that death will fall upon the owner of Raynham Hall!
In 1950, on the road between South Raynham and East Raynham a ghostly apparition of a woman was seen…
She was described as wearing a brown dress and having empty eye sockets!
Was this the Brown Lady from the nearby Raynham Hall?
I’ll let you decide.
The Brown Lady isn’t the only ghost to be reported wandering around Raynham Hall…
The spirit of the Duke of Monmouth is rumoured to haunts one of the hall’s bedrooms.
And, a little girl in a frock is said to haunt the Stone Parlour whilst spooked visitors to the hall have sworn that they have heard the sounds of a dog running up and down the hall’s corridors!
With such a long and eventful history you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle is said to have the odd ghost or two knocking about its stone walls.
One of the more infamous apparitions to be witnessed at the castle is that of the floating skull.
It’s often seen by terrified witnesses around the keep area of the castle.
Apparently, it just appears out of thin air, floats around for a while and then totally disappears again!
Many say that the gruesome floating skull belongs to the spirit of Robert Goodale who was hung at the castle back in 1885.
His hanging went terribly wrong…
You see, he was a big man and the executioner miscalculated his weight so much that he was actually decapitated during his hanging!
So you can probably now see why people say the floating skull belongs to Robert Goodale.
Another ghostly apparition commonly witnessed at the castle is that of a Victorian lady in a black dress.
Her ghostly figure is seen in the art gallery where she apparently walks up and down admiring the paintings hung on the wall!
In fact, the art gallery area was once part of the castle’s gaol.
And many believe that the Black Lady is the spirit of Martha Alden who was hung for decapitating her husband with a billhook.
The apparition of a young lad is regularly seen by scared witnesses in the dungeon area of the castle…
His ghost is said to be that of a boy called Robert Cooper who was imprison at the castle.
He was said to have died of exhaustion by being forced to work the treadmill by the castle’s cruel prison guards!
Robert Kett was a yeoman farmer who led a rebellion that successfully stormed Norwich in 1549.
A few weeks later, the rebels were eventually defeated at the Battle of Dussindale.
Kett was tried for treason and hanged from the walls of Norwich Castle.
It’s said that terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a rotting corpse hanging in a gibbet from the castle’s walls…
That ghostly corpse is said to be the body of none other than the rebel leader himself, Robert Kett!
Elm Hill, Norwich
Elm Hill is one of the oldest streets in Norwich and it has a few ghostly tales to tell…
The building which houses the Strangers Club was involved in a tragic fire way back in 1507 which resulted in the death of a man.
Ever since that tragic day, it’s said that the ghost of the man haunts that building.
Witnesses have heard phantom footsteps with coughing sounds and eerie voices coming from the room where the man lost his life!
Just opposite the Strangers Club is an antique shop which is also said to be haunted…
Members of staff have reported on many occasions hearing from the back of the shop their front door open and close together with footsteps walking around.
When they go to serve their new customer they discover that the shop is totally empty!
Back in 1864, the local holy man Father Ignatius would curse people if they didn’t join him for early morning prayers.
Unfortunately for him, a few of the people he cursed actually died shortly afterwards.
Fearing that Father Ignatius was actually in league with the Devil, the locals got a mob together and forced him to flee the city.
It’s now said that he has returned to Elm Hill but in spirit form.
Terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a man holding a black bible in one hand whilst cursing them!
Curat House, Norwich
Back in the 1100s, White Lion Street was a Jewish area with a synagogue half way along it.
In charge of the synagogue was Rabbi Issacs who was married to, by all accounts, a rather unpleasant domineering woman.
Well, one day his wife just simply disappeared from the face of the earth.
There were lots of rumours flying around the Jewish community that the Rabbi had actually killed his wife but nothing was ever proven.
In 1144, Norwich’s Jewish community were forced out of the city by angry locals who blamed them for the murder of a young boy called William.
And, all of their properties were reduced to rubble including the synagogue.
In 1501 a house called Curat House was built on the site of the old synagogue…
In the 1980s building work was taking place on Curat House and the cellars which belonged to the old synagogue.
During this building work an ancient coffin was uncovered in the cellar which contained the skeleton of a woman.
Many said that the skeleton was that of Rabbi Issacs wife!
Now, after the discovery, paranormal activity started to take place within the building.
But the funny thing was that it wasn’t caused by the spirit of the murdered wife…
In fact, many terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of Rabbi Issacs himself wandering around the building causing mischief!
No 19 Magdalen Street, Norwich
No 19 Magdalen Street is said to be the most haunted building in Norwich!
In 1965 the shop’s staff started to notice paranormal activity taking place within the building.
They would hear phantom footsteps in the empty rooms of the building and objects would move on their own accord.
Over the years the building has been let out to many businesses with most of them not staying too long.
On one occasion an Ouija board session was conducted on the premises with amazing results.
They contacted the spirit of a young woman called Sarah who was murdered in the upstairs room in the late 19th century.
Since then, many terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a young woman staring out of the upstairs window…
The strange thing about the window is it’s been bricked up for many years from the inside!
Because of its notoriety, the window has now been boarded up from the outside too.
The Augustine Steward House, Norwich
In the middle of the Tombland area of Norwich you’ll find a house which was built by Augustine Steward in 1549.
In 1578 the house was overrun by the plague.
And it was thought that everybody in the house had perished.
So the bailiffs came and sealed up the premises.
It was standard procedure to lock up plague buildings from the outside, never venturing within and then paint red crosses on the outside as a warning to others to stay away.
This was done by the bailiffs with the Augustine Steward House.
Weeks later the bailiff returned with the pitmen to clear the house of the plagued bodies.
They notice that many of the bodies had bite marks on the limbs as though somebody had been trying to eat the flesh!
Then they discovered the body of one of the young daughters of the house but strangely she showed no sign of plague…
It looked like she had died by choking to death on a piece of meat.
But it soon dawned on them what horror had taken place.
The daughter must have been locked in when the bailiff sealed up the house.
And, close to starvation, she was forced to eat the flesh from her dead relative’s plague-ridden bodies only to choke to death in the process!
It’s now said the Augustine Steward House is haunted by the young girl.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by many witnesses either in the house, in the next-door Samson and Hercules House or in the Tombland Alleyway.
She’s said to be wearing ragged grey clothes so her apparition is now referred to as the Lady in Grey!
The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
The Maddermarket Theatre stands on the site of a former Roman Catholic Church…
So you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that it’s haunted by the spirit of a monk!
Many terrified actors and members of staff alike have witnessed the phantom monk wandering around the theatre.
On one occasion he was even spotted by puzzled members of the audience stood by the side of the stage watching the performance of the play.
In 2004, a young actress said she was pushed out of the way by an unknown entity just before a lighting rig came crashing down onto the spot she was once standing!
The Adam and Eve, Norwich
You’ll find the Adam and Eve pub located along Bishopgate in Norwich.
It’s said to be one of the oldest pubs in the city dating back to 1249.
In those early years it was believed to have been a brew house owned by the Benedictine monks at the nearby Great Hospital.
And it was said to have been a favourite watering hole of the stonemasons who were working on Norwich Cathedral.
The pub you can have a drink in today dates back to the 17th century.
One of the interesting features about this pub is that it has a Saxon well located under the floor in the lower bar…
And of course, it’s said to be haunted!
Keeping to the theme of things being buried under the floorboards…
It’s said that medieval monks are buried beneath the pub’s floorboards in the downstairs bar.
And terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a monk within the pub!
The other ghost often seen at the Adam and Eve is nicknamed ‘Sam’…
It’s thought the real identity of this phantom is Lord Sheffield.
You see, in 1549 Wymondham landowner Robert Ketts rebels stormed the city.
And Lord Sheffield was an army officer during the rebellion.
It’s said that he fell from his horse near Cathedral Close and was stabbed by a butcher.
Fatally wounded, his men dragged him back to the Adam and Eve pub where he later died from his wounds.
It’s now said that his friendly ghost haunts the pub playing little tricks on the regulars every now and again!
The Lambs Inn, Norwich
Back in 1757, a murderer called Timothy Hardy was hanged at the city castle for killing John Aggas his brother-in-law and landlord of the Lambs Inn.
One day at the pub Timothy was arguing with his wife and John tried to calm the situation by intervening.
Unfortunately for him, Timothy pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the stomach…
John sadly died the next morning from his wounds!
Hardy was hung for the murder and his body dissected.
It’s now said that John Aggas haunts his beloved pub…
Countless landlords have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking around the property late at night.
And some have even seen the ghostly apparition of an old man sitting in one of the pub’s chairs.
The landlord’s children have also reported being woken up in the middle of the night by a kind old man who then reads them stories!
The Wildman, Norwich
The Wildman pub in Bedford Street has a dark history…
You see, back in the 1800s the building was used to house prisoners when the cells at the castle became too full.
One day a young gypsy lad was caught stealing a loaf of bread.
And the poor boy was sentenced to death by hanging!
As the cells at the castle where full, he was imprisoned in the cells at the Wildman until the day of his hanging.
Well, under the cover of darkness, his family broke into the Wildman and tried to rescue him.
Unfortunately, the cell door was too strong and they could get the boy out.
Tragically, they reverted to Plan B and tried to burn the door down but ended up with drastic consequences…
The whole building caught fire and the poor boy burnt to death in his cell!
Today, the cellar of the Wildman is said to be haunted by the spirit of the boy…
Sudden drops in temperature are often reported in the room.
And former landlords have reported heavy beer barrels being moved around in the cellar in the middle of the night on their own accord.
On one occasion, a terrified witness saw the ghostly apparition of a young boy run across the bar area and shoot up the stairs!
The Coachmakers Arms, Norwich
You wouldn’t believe this, but the Coachmakers Arms on St Stephens Road stands on the site of an old leper house!
But it’s not the spirits of lepers which are said to haunt the pub…
Many a barmaid has been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a coachman dressed like Dick Turpin!
The Dick Turpin character isn’t the only ghost said to haunt the building…
The ghostly apparition of a rather elegant lady dressed in black has been seen coming down the pub’s stairs by terrified witnesses!
Paranormal activity such as bottles, glasses and pictures falling to the floor on their own accord have also been reported to take place within the pub.
Lollards Pit, Norwich
If you thought that a pub being situated on the site of an old leper house was bad enough…
Then you’ll probably find that a pub being located on an execution spot quite shocking!
The Lollards Pit pub on Riverside Road is located on a spot where 15th and 16th century heretics where burnt to death.
The Lollards were individuals who called for the reform of the Catholic Church.
And for their beliefs they were burnt to death in an old disused chalk pit…
Hence the pub’s name!
It’s now said that eerie ghostly screams are heard in the pub late at night.
And terrified witnesses have seen ghostly black figures in the pub’s corridor.
On one occasion, a shocking apparition of a woman engulfed in flames was seen before she quickly vanished into thin air!
The historic Grade II listed Cromer pier is home to the Pavilion Theatre and the Cromer Lifeboat Station.
It’s believed that there was a pier in Cromer as far back as 1391…
Although in those days it was more likely to be used as a jetty!
Now, there’ve been a few piers over the centuries at Cromer.
The 1822 cast iron pier was totally destroyed in a severe storm whilst the wooden pier which replaced it was damage beyond repair by being hit by a careless coal boat.
The current pier dates back to 1902.
The Pavilion Theatre situated at the end of the pier is well known locally for being very haunted.
The theatre is said to be haunted by an Irish impresario called Dick Condon.
Many performers at the theatre have been totally freaked out when they’ve witnessed his ghostly apparition appear on stage next to them whilst they’re performing!
Visitors and members of staff alike have also witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man in a tall black hat and an ashen face man with jet black hair.
Frightened members of staff have also reported poltergeist activity at the Pavilion.
They’ve witnessed objects being move on their own accord and bottles and glasses being mysteriously smashed by an unknown force in the bar area.
In one of the theatre’s corridors terrified witnesses have reported hearing the eerie sounds of a phantom man and on another occasion a ghostly woman laughing and singing.
It was said that the old lifeboat shed on the pier was once haunted by the spirits of past lifeboatmen.
It’s now believed that the ghostly lifeboatmen have migrated to the theatre its surrounding area.
Some shocked visitors to the pier have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of scrawny medieval looking figures walking along the pier in clothing made out of rags and sackcloth!
Many people believe that they’re the spirits from the lost town of Shipden which is now under the sea just off the coast of Cromer.
Local legend states that the bell from Shipden long lost church can be heard ringing a warning sign when a severe storm is coming.
Visitors to the pier have been scared witless after hearing the sound of ghostly cries coming from the sea…
Some say that there’re the tragic cries from long lost sailors!
In 2009, the Most Haunted team felt that Cromer Pier was so haunted that it warranted an investigation.
The resulting episode was a really good one which I recommend you watch if you haven’t already!
On Yvette’s walkabout with the medium Patrick Matthews, Patrick picked up on a spirit of a lady called Elizabeth from the 1920s who witnessed a murder on the stage.
Apparently, the accidental murder took place during a play, probably Macbeth, where an unknown actress was strangled to death!
Back stage, Yvette had a spirit mimic her singing whilst out on the pier Patrick saw phantom ships out at sea and the vision of a castle and some land…
The team deducted it must be associated with the long lost town of Shipden!
During the night investigation, Yvette saw an apparition of a man in the corridor behind the stage whilst Stuart and Karl were physically affected by something unknown in the stage area.
You probably won’t be surprised if I told you that Thetford Priory is said to be haunted by ghostly monks!
Back in 1937, visitors to the priory ruins heard phantom monks reading, chanting and singing in Latin.
In the summer of 1992, a group of teenagers whilst walking through the priory grounds heard the clicking of keys and then witnessed an apparition of a monk run past them!
The most famous Thetford Priory sighting happened to Christian Jensen-Romer, Axel Johnston, Darren Lorking and David Aukett in 1987…
In fact, they relayed their terrifying tale in the Ghosthunters documentary called Ripples in Time.
Which you can view on YouTube here…
Christian has written a detailed post on his blog about his paranormal experiences of that night.
You can read his account below or on his website at this link…
“It was 1987 and I was at a wargames meeting with four friends, all aged about the same as me – I was the youngest at just about to turn 18. We were driving through a town called Thetford in Norfolk, England, when one of us needed the loo badly, so we turned in to a cul-de-sac off the flyover which runs through the middle of town, looking for an alley or something for a call of nature!
At the end of the lane we stumbled across one of those delightful secrets English medieval towns spring on you – flanked by modern housing estates we found a medieval Priory, laying in ruins, built of the local flint stone and clad in ivy. A sign in the car park informed us that it was Thetford Priory, a victim of Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-C16th.
Well we were not that enthralled by this (we were from Bury St Edmunds with its beautiful monastery ruins), but we wandered through the evening light – it was about 8-8.30pm on a warm August day, (August 8th 1987) which in England means it is still light, day in fact – and eventually found a secluded part of the ruins, where the urgent business could be undertaken behind a bush. As the other chaps gathered we turned to look at the ruins one last time.
It was then we became aware of a joker wearing a black sheet over his head, pretending to be a ghost. I think it was Darren who saw him first, and remarked on this guy in a very light hearted tone – he was looking at us from a first storey (that one above the ground) window, and was obviously watching us. Now if you imagine someone whose skill at Halloween costume making seems to go as far as throwing a bed sheet over his head, well that is what we saw – at least that is what I think I saw!
Darren, being the most headstrong of us said ‘let’s scare him!’ and charged forwards, towards the facade of the building, which has one large arch and a smaller one in which there was a staircase up to the room we had seen the chap in. As I followed, partly to restrain Darren, partly in a spirit of Scooby Doo ‘and I’ve of gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you pesky kids’ I’m not sure what I was thinking.
And then we saw him coming down the stairs – the sheet billowed out like a woman in a ball gown, and there were three dark spots on his stomach area. At least that’s what I saw, and as I was running – well I was not the most observant. We threw ourselves up the staircase at the guy, who was now well within reach, halfway down the stairs; which is why our impact with the flint wall at the back of the room came as a surprise. No stairs existed.
There was no floor in the room the figure had stood in. I struck my head, as did Darren. We were both nauseous, and I felt like I might vomit a few minutes later. There was also a distinct feeling of coldness, and I completely lost the plot.
What had the others seen? Well everyone agreed that there was a very real and very tangible staircase. They all also agreed that there was a figure, though David described it as a smoky mass – but if he did not think it was a joker in a sheet, why did he not challenge our statement before? Axel said it looked like a monk – but any shadow can look like a monk, hence the hundreds of spectral monks said to prowl English towns. Marcus later described the figure as like spiderman in a black costume.
Anyway on the way back we had a curious mix of nausea and extreme emotional reactions, along with a strong feeling of being cold, and a lot of shakiness. Eventually we got home (16 miles) and on the way David forbade us to discuss what we had seen. Only David had any previous belief in the paranormal, and he suggested we created independent signed testimony. . The statements were kept, and then compared – it was then that the fairly major differences in the description of the figure first came to light – apart from an agreement on the staircase, the figure being male, and wearing black, there was however a complete consensus on the order of events.
There was one more rather bizarre aspect to this sighting – as we left the Priory we had a sense the building was in somehow rebuilding itself, making its self more real, around us. Axel shouted ‘jump the walls – break its reality’. We missed that off the documentary – it sounded too sensational. Yet it was exactly what I felt, and evidently Axel too, and as I ran for the car I also felt as if with every step I was plunging deeper in to mud or wet sand – possibly a physiological response to extreme fear, the legs turn to jelly sensation.
At this point I had a major crisis of belief. At that point I was an absolute atheist materialist and advocate of scientific reductionism, despite my family’s firm belief in spooks etc, maybe because of it. The experience convinced me that people did see ‘ghosts’ – that experience is genuine. What those ghosts are – hallucinations, tricks of the light, abnormal mental phenomena, ESP, spirits of the dead, demons cavorting, whatever – I did not and still do not have sufficient data to judge. It just became obvious to me that people had profoundly unsettling experiences which were hard for those who had not been there to relate to, and which lead you to question your sanity, your place in the world, and what the heck really happened.”
Christian’s ghostly experience is surprisingly not that uncommon at Thetford Priory.
Many people have reported trying to speak to a figure that appears to be dressed up as a joke only to get a shock of their lives when the figure disappears into thin air!
One such pair was Margaret and her daughter who are locals to Thetford…
They were sitting on a bench in the priory grounds on a fine summer’s day when they witnessed a ghostly apparition of a monk with his head bent and his arms tucked into his habit slowly gliding by the old kitchen.
Like others, for that moment Margaret believed it was someone trying to scare them…
So she quickly ran to confront the figure only to discover that he had disappeared!
Now, one common theme amongst these ghostly stories is that they all happen in the summer.
So, if you want to witness the ghostly monks of Thetford Priory, why not pay a visit to these great ruins on a fine summers evening?
Castle Rising was built in 1138 by William d’Aubigny II.
The castle remained within the family until 1243 when Hugh d’Aubigny died childless and the castle was passed onto Roger de Montalt.
The castle then stayed within the Montalt family until Robert Montalt sold it to the Crown in 1327.
At that time, England was controlled by Roger Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France who was ruling as regent for her young son Edward III.
Isabella briefly fell from power after her son Edward toppled Mortimer in 1330 but later enjoyed the status of being the King’s mother.
Edward granted her several royal castles including Castle Rising which she used as one of her main residences until her death in 1358.
Local legend says that at the end of Isabella life she became insane and died alone.
The upper floors of Castle Rising are said to be haunted by her mad ghost.
Shocked visitors to the castle have reported hearing Isabella’s hysterical screams and manic laughter coming from the upper floors of the castle.
Local villagers have also reported hearing her ghostly cries and mad laughter coming from the castle on quiet nights!
Today, the castle is run by English Heritage and is well worth a visit.
Chris Halton from Haunted Earth visited the castle and produced an interesting video about Castle Rising which you can view on YouTube.
Whilst filming Chris’s team mate Sean Kim was left alone in the castle where he heard some ghostly goings-on…
He could hear a man talking on the upper floor of the building and phantom footsteps walking across the wooden floorboards.
But upon investigating he couldn’t find anybody else in the castle.
At the end of the day’s shooting the Haunted Earth team concluded that the Keep forebuilding is the most active area within the castle.
They heard a ghostly woman’s voice and an unexplained tapping on the window.
Plus they smelt a strong smell of tobacco and Sean was touch by unknown entity.
Anne Boleyn was born and brought up at Blickling Hall.
She was married to King Henry VIII and became Queen in 1533.
This wasn’t too fortunate for Anne, as Henry had her beheaded in 1536 for adultery, incest and treason!
Although Anne was executed at the Tower of London, locals at Blickling say that her ghost haunts the Hall to this very day.
To mark the anniversary of her death, it’s said that every 19th May at midnight, a black coach pulled by four headless horses and driven by a headless coachman pulls up on the driveway of Blickling Hall.
The ghost of the decapitated Anne dressed in white is said to be sitting in the coach.
Apparently, she then climbs out of the black carriage with her severed bloodied head in her hands!
She then proceeds to enter the hall gliding down the corridors and into rooms inspecting each and every one of them.
Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest houses in East Anglia.
It’s well known in this part of the world for its stunning Jacobean architecture and elegant Georgian interior.
Originally the hall was owned by the Felbrigg family but then was acquired by the wealthy Wyndham family in the 15th century.
The hall remained in the Wyndham family for many generations and some say that even today not all of them have left!
The James Paine designed Gothic library at Felbrigg is said to be haunted by the book loving William Windham III.
In the summer of 1809 William was at his London home in Pall Mall when he noticed that a house on Conduit Street was on fire.
This house was close to his friend Robert North’s house who he knew had a library of valuable books.
William with the help of others managed to save many valuable books and manuscripts from the fire but unfortunately during his rescue attempt he fell and badly bruised his hip.
Later the bruise turned into a tumour which needed to be operated on.
Sadly, William died as a result of the operation!
Today, it’s said that the ghost of William haunts his beloved library.
Witnesses visiting the Gothic library have seen his ghostly apparition sitting in a chair by a roaring fire engrossed in one of his favourite books.
Other times he’s seen standing by the table where his best-loved books are sometimes laid out.
If you wander around the grounds of Felbrigg Hall you’ll come across the ancient Great Woods.
The woods consist of oak, sweat chestnut, conifers and the ghost of Mad Windham!
Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of Mad Windham driving his phantom coach through the wood at breakneck speed.
Born in 1840, Mad Windham was by all accounts a bit of a character.
He loved to take passengers on his coach free of charge and as quickly as he could to Norwich just for the heck of it!
There’s a ghostly tale from Felbrigg Hall which was often told by the spooked maids of the hall.
Whenever they passed a certain door within Felbrigg their candles would mysteriously be blown out.
They would then hear a ghostly female voice beckoning them into the room.
Once entering the room they would always find it empty and eerily quiet!
Amy Robsart was born in 1532, she was the daughter of a wealthy gentleman-farmer called Sir John Robsart of Syderstone.
Just before she was 18, she married Robert Dudley the son of the powerful John Dudley the Earl of Warwick.
In 1558, Robert Dudley became Master of the Horse which brought him in close contact with Queen Elizabeth I.
Within a year, rumours were rife that the Queen was smitten with Lord Robert and it seemed the feelings were mutual.
On Sunday, 8 September 1560 Amy Dudley was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her home at Cumnor Place…
She had severe head injuries and her neck had been broken!
At the time, there were many suspicions that Amy had been murdered so that Robert could marry Elizabeth.
Nothing was ever proven, so I’ll leave it up to you to make your mind up on what happened to poor Amy.
Some say she was pushed down the stairs, some say she fell, others say she committed suicide because she had breast cancer!
But, shortly after Amy’s death, poltergeist activity was reported at Syderstone Hall…
Many of the locals said that it was the ghost of Amy!
Syderstone Hall has now been demolished but it seems that the resident poltergeist has just moved into the nearby parsonage.
In 1833, Reverend Stewart and his family moved into the parsonage.
Soon afterwards they became plagued with paranormal activity…
Loud banging noises, moaning, scratching and eerie screams where all heard throughout the building!
At the time, the locals blamed the hauntings on a Reverend Mantle who had died at the parsonage twenty seven years earlier.
But, documented evidence from one of Reverend Mantle’s servants, Elizabeth Goff, states that the Reverend had nailed up two of the parsonage’s bedrooms because his sister in-law had witnessed something terrifying in one of them.
It seems that the parsonage was haunted well before Reverend Mantle ever moved in!
Amy isn’t the only ghost which is said to haunt Syderstone.
On the nights of a full moon, terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a highwayman on horseback on the Village Common.
I know this sounds cheesy, but apparently he’s reported to say… your money or your life!
The Exorcist’s House, King’s Lynn
Next to St Nicholas Church in Chapel Lane you’ll find a rather quaint looking white house…
It’s called the Exorcist’s House!
The house dates back to 1635 and gets its name because the former house it replaced was used by a Catholic priest whose position in the church was of an Exorcist.
The house is said to be haunted by a former occupant.
Two young girls who once lived in the property were scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a man within the building.
Purfleet Quay, King’s Lynn
The picturesque Purfleet Quay is said to be haunted by some rather vocal ghosts.
The first wailing banshee is of a bride who killed herself shortly after being wed.
Her screaming ghostly apparition has been witnessed throwing herself into the quay waters!
Other ghostly screams heard in the area are believed to be from phantom soldiers who are busy butchering each other during which the quay waters are said to turn red with blood.
The Edwardian public library which was built and funded by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is said to have a religious ghost.
You see, it was built on the site of the old Greyfriar’s monastery.
And, the cellar of the building is said to be haunted by the apparition of a ghostly monk.
In the past, female librarians have been so terrified of the phantom monk that they refused to go to the cellar on their own!
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Swaffham
Just across the road from the George you’ll find the church of St Peter and St Paul.
Now, the church has a nice legend associated with it…
Back in the 15th century, a local pedlar called John Chapman dreamt that if he stood on London Bridge he would hear good news.
So he set off for the capital city and when he arrived he waited on London Bridge for three days to hear his good news.
On the fourth day he told a local shopkeeper about his dream.
The shopkeeper then told Chapman about his dream of digging up treasure under a tree which belonged to a pedlar in Swaffham!
John quickly returned home and started to dig under his tree straight away.
To his amazement he discovered some treasure.
And, it’s said that the wealth generated from the treasure he donated to rebuild the church.
If you ever visit the church of St Peter and St Paul in Swaffham, you’ll discover that the front pews have little carvings of John Chapman and his little dog.
Apparently a wealthy merchant in the 15th century called John Chapman did exist.
And it was said he was very generous to the church!
Another more ghostly story associated with the church is that of an apparition of a woman who was witnessed by a young boy wandering around the graves in the churchyard.
He said her ghostly form was walking up and down the graves as though she was looking for a particular gravestone.
The Kings Arms, Swaffham
One of the oldest buildings in Swaffham with a few ghostly tales to tell is the Kings Arms pub.
This old coaching inn dates back to 1608.
It was once used as a brothel where all sorts of horrendous crimes took place including murder.
It’s now said that the pub is haunted by the ghosts of former working girls and a nasty male spirit!
Phantom footsteps running along the pub’s hallways and doors slamming on their own accord are often heard by terrified witnesses within the building.
Ghostly indentations on the beds, as though an invisible person is sitting there, have been seen on many occasions in the guest’s bedrooms.
Members of staff and guests alike have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a man sat next to the fireplace watching them.
Some say he’s the ghost of a former owner of the pub!
Spooked members of staff are often reporting that something unknown has pushed or prodded them as they go about their daily work.
And terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a lady standing in the ballroom.
Some say she’s the ghost of a lady who sadly committed suicide by hanging herself!
The Muckleburgh Collection, Weybourne
Many terrified witnesses have seen dark ghostly shadows moving around in the museum’s Diorama room.
Members of staff have reported the feeling of being watched by something or someone unknown…
These paranormal events are said to happen in both the daytime and at night!
During the war six ATS girls were tragically killed in an accident at the camp when a shell they were handling exploded killing them all instantly.
It’s now said that the spirit lights witnessed at night by the old pill box are caused by the ghosts of the six ATS girls.
The desk in the office which once belonged to the museum’s founder Berry Savory is said to be haunted.
You see, sudden temperature drops and cold spots are often felt around it!
It’s said that the museum’s resident dog won’t go anywhere near some of the reputed haunted areas within the museum especially Berry Savory desk.
In the Tank Hall phantom moans and groans have been heard in the dead of night coming from the military ambulance and the tanks.
The terrifying sounds of a man screaming have been heard coming from the back of the empty ambulance.
The Russian T34 tank is also said to be haunted, it’s often heard cooling down even though it hasn’t been started up for a long time.
Severe temperature drops have also been reported to take place in and around the tank.
Last but by no means least…
Spooked witnesses have heard eerie footsteps walking down the corridor towards the museum’s office!
Like most seaside resorts up and down the country Great Yarmouth has its fair share of caravan holiday parks…
In the 1970s a family staying in caravan B77 at the Seashore Camp had a problem sleeping.
You see, they kept on being woken by an unknown entity prodding them in the middle of the night.
It got so bad that they actually had to leave the caravan!
But that wasn’t the end of the caravan ghost…
A couple of years later another family were staying in the same caravan and were also rudely awaken one night.
This time, they could hear eerie voices speaking in a foreign language underneath the caravan.
One brave soul actually looked under the caravan with the aid of a torch but found absolutely nothing usual there!
Probably the most infamous ghostly tale associated with Great Yarmouth is that of the mummified Egyptian Princess…
In 1973, members of staff at the Yarmouth Priory School notice a rather bad smell in their Science Room.
Propped up in the room was an Egyptian casket which one of the teachers had donated to the school.
It was said to house a mummified princess!
The teachers thought that the awful smell was coming from the casket.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that damp had somehow got into the casket and the mummified princess was beginning to rot.
Apparently, ancient Egyptians buried their dead at night.
So the school decided to take the princess out of her casket and bury her in the churchyard of the nearby St Nicholas Church.
Initially this seemed to have got rid of the stench in the Science Room but another more supernatural problem started to occur…
You see, in the following weeks the poor vicar would be woken regularly by somebody banging loudly on the vicarage door.
When he answered the door he discovered that nobody there!
The vicarage wasn’t the only building to be targeted by the phantom knocker.
People where reporting that a loud knocking sound was coming from the church in the middle of the night too.
Meanwhile, the bad smell had returned to the school’s science room.
Upon further investigation, they discovered that in their haste to bury the mummified princess one of her limbs had come off and was still present in the casket!
The missing limb was quickly reunited with the remaining mummy buried in St Nicholas’s churchyard.
The stench in the Science Room quickly dissipated and the nightly knocking at the vicarage and church ceased.
Now, some locals say that it was the ghost of the mummified princess who was responsible for the knocking sounds…
All she wanted was to be reunited with her missing limb!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley