60+ Haunted Places in Suffolk (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 18, Mar 2017
Table of Contents
- Mill Hotel, Sudbury
- Seckford Hall
- The Bell Inn, Walberswick
- Greyfriars Priory, Dunwich
- Landguard Fort, Felixstowe
- Leiston Abbey
- Greyfriars Priory, Bungay
- Potsford Wood
- Framlingham Castle
- St Andrew’s Church, Walberswick
- Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
- Old Vicarage, Southwold
- Gun Hill, Southwold
- Sutherland House, Southwold
- Martlesham Heath
- The Red Lion, Martlesham
- St Mary’s Church, Martlesham
- Dobbs’ Grave, Martlesham
- Holy Trinity Church, Barsham
- Church of St Genevieve, Fornham Park
- Fornham Park
- Great Livermere
- The Ferry Landing Pier, Walberswick
- Westwood Lodge, Walberswick
- Sizewell A
- St Gregory’s Church, Sudbury.
- Brundon Hall, Sudbury
- The Hare and Hounds, East Bergholt
- Old Hall, East Bergholt
- The Rectory, Polstead
- Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
- Tickle Manor, Lavenham
- RAF Woodbridge
- The White Hart, Wickham Market
- Wickham Market Workhouse
- Bruisyard Hall
- The Crown and Anchor, Framlingham
- The Castle Inn, Framlingham
- Greyfriars Priory, Dunwich
- Ancient House, Halesworth
- Chediston Street, Halesworth
- Roos Hall, Beccles
- The Three Tuns, Bungay
- Bungay Castle
- Oulton Broad
- Rougham Airfield
- Four Horseshoes Inn, Thornham Magna
- Thornham Parva
- Thornham Hall
- Bury St Edmunds
- Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds
- The Nutshell, Bury St Edmunds
Mill Hotel, Sudbury
Along Walnut Tree Lane in Sudbury there’s an old water mill which has now been converted into a rather nice hotel.
It’s believed that a mill has stood on this site on the river for at least a thousand years.
The older parts of the present day Mill Hotel are believed to date back to the early 19th century.
And it’s probably from this century in which the mill ghost comes from…
A ghostly apparition of a lady has been witnessed in the older parts of the Mill Hotel.
It’s believed that the ghost is that of a lady who once tragically drowned beneath the water wheel of the mill.
It’s said that the ghost has spooked the hotel’s members of staff once too often that they now don’t like to be alone in the older parts of the mill!
You’ll find that the mill ghost isn’t the only eerie thing about the hotel…
You see, displayed beneath the floor of the Mill Hotel is the rather disturbing mummified remains of a cat!
In days gone by, cats were often bricked up in building to bring good luck.
And the water mill in Sudbury wasn’t spared from this tradition when it was built.
In 1971, when the water mill was converted into the Mill Hotel the remains of a mummified cat were discovered bricked up in the building.
The remains of the cat was removed from the building and strangely sold to a nearby shop…
That shop burnt down and the hotel had a run of bad luck shortly after the cat was removed from the building!
Today, you’ll be happy to know, the mummified moggy has been returned to the mill and all is peaceful again at the hotel.Click Here to Stay the Night at the Mill Hotel
Seckford Hall is an old Tudor house dating back to the 1530s just to the south west of Woodbridge.
The hall was originally built as the family home for Thomas Seckford who was an official at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
The hall is said to be haunted by Sir Thomas Seckford himself…
His ghostly apparition is often seen by terrified witnesses wandering around the hall in the dead of night.
He’s said to be wearing a steeple crowned hat, white clothing and carrying his wand of office.
He’s said to be angry because the money he left in the Seckford Trust for the poor of the area was instead embezzled by the rich!
Today, Seckford Hall is a fine hotel which if you’re feeling brave enough you can spend the night at…
You never know you may come across Sir Thomas in the middle of the night!Click Here to Stay the Night at Seckford Hall
The Bell Inn, Walberswick
If fancy a swift half in the Bell Inn you may well see the ghostly apparition of the fisherman who sits there smoking away without a care in the world!Click Here to Stay the Night at the Bell Inn
Greyfriars Priory, Dunwich
The ruins of the Greyfriars Priory in Dunwich are rumoured to be haunted…
The Grade II* listed ruins of the Franciscan Greyfriars Priory are said to be haunted by ghostly monks.
Their ghostly apparitions are often seen wandering around the remains of the ancient priory by terrified witnesses.
In 1926, a massive black phantom dog with red glowing eyes was witnessed running through the priory ruins too!
Landguard Fort, Felixstowe
Decades ago, terrified children playing near Landguard Fort reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a phantom coach being pulled by a team of horses cross the ditch and then vanish into the fort.
The phantom coach had crossed the ditch where an old drawbridge had once existed hundreds of years ago!
When the Dutch Marines attacked the fort back in 1667 it’s believed that up to ten Dutch soldiers were killed and one English soldier…
It’s said that the ghostly figure of the dead English soldier was witnessed patrolling the Kings Bastion by shocked soldiers who were stationed at the fort during the Second World War.
He’s said to be on a constant look out for the next Dutch attack!
One of the fort’s shop staff got the shock of her life one afternoon when a ghostly figure of a Victorian Artilleryman walked out of the shop’s wall, smiled at her and then turned around and disappeared back into the shop’s solid wall…
Now poltergeist activity had been reported in the past at the shop.
You see, items had been witnessed flying of the display shelves on their own accord by a spooked member of staff!
During the Georgian era it’s said that a young soldier had returned from a tour of duty in the Far East back to Landguard Fort.
Unfortunately for him, he had contracted a tropical disease which had symptoms similar to that of the plague!
The medical officers at the fort had decided to quarantine him in a darken room near the courtyard.
Sadly the young soldier went on to die a painful death from the terrible disease he had contracted overseas.
It’s now said that his agonising screams can occasionally be heard cutting through the air on a quiet night at the fort.
Maria was a young Portuguese woman who was married to one of the fort’s paymaster sergeant back in the 18th century.
Apparently the other soldier’s wives didn’t like Maria too much…
One day she was quickly blamed for the theft of a silk handkerchief which went missing.
The paymaster sergeant left the fort to get help to prove his wife’s innocence.
But unfortunately for him he was accused of desertion when he returned days later.
In those days desertion was a capital offence.
He was quickly put up against a wall and executed by firing squad!
Maria was so devastated by her husband’s death that she committed suicide by jumping off the fort’s ramparts.
Today, members of staff and guests at the fort have reported hearing the eerie sounds of a woman sobbing and whispering in a foreign language…
Many believe it’s the broken ghostly spirit of Maria!
The bathrooms at the fort are rumoured to be haunted by a First World War soldier…
Some say that the soldier was brutally murdered by his angry colleagues when they caught him stealing their possessions!
It’s said that one of the First World War soldiers who brutally murdered his colleague in the bathrooms couldn’t live with himself…
Apparently he entered the magazine room racked with guilt and hanged himself!
And it’s now said that his ghostly spirit haunts the fort’s magazine room to this very day.
But he’s not the only suicidal soldier to haunt the fort.
Terrified witnesses have also seen a ghostly apparition of a white figure dangling from ceiling in one of the other rooms at the fort too!
A common ghostly apparition often witnessed by visitors to the fort is that of the phantom sailor…
He’s often seen peering out of one of the forts windows!
Spooky lights at night are also often reported at the fort by spooked witnesses.
Some visitors to the fort have even reported the feeling of being pushed by an unknown entity when they were visiting the top floor of the fort.
Leiston Abbey was originally called St Mary’s Abbey which was founded in 1182 just north of Leiston on the marshes at Minsmere.
The abbey was abandoned in 1363 and moved to Leiston due to the risk of flooding on the Minsmere Level…
If you visit Minsmere today, you’ll still find some old ruins at the old abbey site!
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, Leiston Abbey became a farm with a farmhouse being built into the actual ruins of the abbey.
Today, the abbey ruins are in the care of English Heritage.
Now it’s said that Leiston Abbey is haunted by surprise, surprise… ghostly monks!
Greyfriars Priory, Bungay
Attached to St Mary’s Church you’ll find the ruins of Greyfriars Priory…
Terrified locals have reported hearing the ghostly sound of phantom monks chanting in Latin whilst ringing bells coming from the priory ruins in the middle of the night.
In fact, the locals are so frightened of the old priory site that they tend to give the whole area a wide berth after the sun has gone down!
Just west of Wickham Market along the B1078 is a spooky wooded area called Potsford Wood.
Potsford Wood is infamous in this part of Suffolk for having the remains of a 17th century gibbet within it.
If you visit the wood you’ll find the old gibbet marked with a plaque.
Upon the plaque you’ll find these words…
REMAINS OF POTSFORD GIBBET
IN USE AT THE END OF 17TH CENTURY
LAST KNOWN HANGING APRIL 14TH 1699
So what’s the story behind the last man to be hung at the gibbet?
Well, back in 1690s there was a double murder at the water mill in Letheringham.
The miller, John Bullard and his son were working on their accounts at the mill when their servant Jonah Snell attacked them…
He brutally killed them in cold blood with an axe!
He then hung their blood drenched bodies from a wooden beam within the water mill.
Jonah was arrested shortly afterwards… he still had the bloodied axe in his possession!
Subsequently, he was hanged at Potsford Wood on the 14th April 1699.
His corpse was displayed in an iron-cage gibbet in the wood as a deterrent.
Today, Potsford Wood is said to be a very active place for paranormal activity…
People driving pass the woods often report seeing mysterious lights hovering near the gibbet.
In the 1980s, a desperate lorry driver stopped for a call of nature at the woods.
Curiosity led him to read the gibbet plaque which subsequently led him to get one of the biggest shocks of his life.
He suddenly felt an icy tap on his shoulder, quickly turning around he came face to face with skeletal figure in a dark hooded robe.
As you can imagine, he didn’t stick around too long!
This skeletal ghostly figure is a common apparition seen by terrified witnesses at Potsford Woods.
In 1997, a young couple’s car unfortunately broke down late at night right next to the woods…
Whilst they were checking over their car, they heard an eerie moaning noise coming from the direction of the gibbet.
This is when they both witnessed a black shapeless apparition hovering within the wood staring at them!
There’s been a castle at Framlingham since 1148.
The original castle was a Norman construction but this was totally destroyed by Henry II after the revolt of 1173-74.
Soon afterwards, the powerful Earl of Norfolk Roger Bigod built a replacement castle on the original castle site.
During the First Baron’s War in 1215, King John took the castle from Roger Bigod without a fight.
The castle was then later returned to the Bigod family but was passed onto the Crown after the death of the 5th Earl in 1306.
During the 15th and 16th centuries the castle was owned by the powerful Mowbray and Howard families.
In 1636, the castle was given to Pembroke College who built a poorhouse within the site.
They later gave the castle to the Commissioner of Works in 1913.
Today, the scheduled monument and a Grade I listed castle is owned by English Heritage.
I’m glad to report that English Heritage has opened the castle to the paying public.
Now with such a long history, it probably won’t be too much of a surprise to you that the castle is rumoured to be haunted…
Phantom footsteps, spooky screams and ghostly apparitions of faces have been reported by terrified members of staff and visitors alike in the old rooms of the castle.
In 2013, shocked visitors to the castle reported hearing the eerie sounds of phantom children playing in the castle’s empty courtyard!
St Andrew’s Church, Walberswick
In the churchyard of St Andrew’s in Walberswick, there are some old creepy medieval ruins.
In the late warm afternoon of July 1931 the author George Orwell was amongst these ruins carrying out some research for a book of his.
It was here amongst the medieval ruins that he witnessed the apparition of a figure.
He wrote this to his friend about his ghostly encounter…
Above is W’wick church as well as I can remember it.
At about 5.20 pm on 27.7.31 I was sitting at the spot marked*, looking out in the direction of the dotted arrow.
I happened to glance over my shoulder, & saw a figure pass along the line of the other arrow, disappearing behind the masonry & presumably emerging into the churchyard.
I wasn’t looking directly at it & so couldn’t make out more than that it was a man’s figure, small & stooping, & dressed in lightish brown; I should have said a workman.
I had the impression that it glanced towards me in passing, but I made out nothing of the features.
At the moment of its passing I thought nothing, but a few seconds later it struck me that the figure had made no noise, & I followed it out into the churchyard.
There was no one in the churchyard & no one within possible distance along the road—this was about 20 seconds after I had seen it; & in any case there were only 2 people in the road, & neither at all resembled the figure.
I looked into the church.
The only people there were the vicar, dressed in black, & a workman who, as far as I remember, had been sawing the whole time. In any case he was too tall for the figure.
The figure had therefore vanished. Presumably an hallucination.
Now, many locals have witnessed this mysterious figure both before and after Orwell’s ghostly encounter…
Those witnesses, described the ghost as a Victorian gentlemen or churchwarden.
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
Situated in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park is the splendid Christchurch Mansion…
Today, this Grade I listed Tudor mansion is a museum which is well known for its collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings.
But the collection of art isn’t the only things from the past which are resident in this old house…
There are few ghosts too!
In the upstairs picture gallery many amused witnesses have described seeing a ghostly apparition of a young happy Edwardian lady dancing and laughing with a couple of young children.
Downstairs in the mansion, shocked witnesses have seen an apparition of a grey lady in a full length gown swishing pass them.
The mansion is also reported to be haunted by a young servant girl who was said to have died in mysterious circumstances!
An apparition of a ghostly phantom fisherman is often seen by terrified witnesses late at night walking along Southwold beach swinging his Tilly lamp.
In the 1960’s, an apparition of a woman in black was seen by passing witnesses to emerge from the solid cliff face at Southwold.
And last but by no means least…
At a private house in Southwold witnesses saw a spooky apparition of a man wheeling himself in a bath chair across their back yard and disappearing into a bricked up doorway!
Old Vicarage, Southwold
At the former vicarage in Southwold many eerie sounds have been reported…
Spooky sighs, creaking chairs and chains rattling have all been heard!
These eerie sounds are blamed on a ghost of a woman who has been seen sitting on the bed of scared witnesses who she’s woken in the middle of the night.
One ghostly trick she’s said to perform is to create the sound of someone falling down the vicarage’s stairs.
When witnesses investigate the commotion expecting someone to be in a heap at the bottom of the stairs… nobody is there!
Gun Hill, Southwold
If you visit Southwold you’ll see that there are six cannons on Gun Hill.
These cannons are there to commemorate the Battle of Sole Bay.
They were regularly fired on special occasions until tragedy occurred one day when a young solider had his head blown off by a misfiring cannon!
And it’s now said that the young soldier haunts Gun Hill.
You see, his ghostly figure is often seen looking out to sea whilst standing next to one of the old cannons!
Another ghost has been witnessed walking along the path from Gun Hill heading towards the sea.
Apparently the ghostly apparition was of a beautiful elegant woman.
Two local men saw her and followed the spooky figure to the harbour where they discovered a capsized boat and a sailor struggling in the water.
The local men heroically saved the drowning sailor but the mysterious woman had disappeared into thin air!
Since then her ghostly figure is often witnessed in Southwold.
Witnesses say she always wears a shawl covering her head.
Sutherland House, Southwold
In 1672 there was a big naval battle off the Southwold coast between the Dutch fleet and an Anglo-French fleet.
It was called the Battle of Sole Bay!
Admiral Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich and commander of the HMS Royal James was staying at the Sutherland House in Southwold shortly before the battle.
It’s said that he had took a liking to the young redheaded serving maid at the Sutherland!
And it looks like the attraction was both ways…
Sadly, Admiral Montagu died during the naval battle.
And it’s now said, that every 28th May a ghostly apparition of a young redheaded woman is seen looking out of an upstairs window of the Sutherland House.
It’s said that she’s waiting for Montagu to return from the battle!
Eerie unexplained footsteps and the sound of doors opening and closing on their own accord have also been reported to happen within the building on the 28th May.
Since the closure of the airfield at Martlesham Heath the area has been heavily redeveloped.
There’s three thousands houses, the main headquarters of the Suffolk Constabulary and a high tech industrial park called Adastral Park which is home to BT Labs.
During the Second World War the airfield at Martlesham Heath was one of the major airfields in the area.
As you can imagine the pilots stationed at such an important airfield during the war years saw a lot of action.
And it’s the ghostly spirits of the poor unfortunate pilots who were killed in action during the war years that are said to haunt the Martlesham Heath area today.
In fact, many uniformed ghostly apparitions have been seen in this area.
Suffolk police officers have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of dead American pilots in the canteen of the Suffolk Constabulary headquarters building.
A couple of ghostly sentries from the Second World War have been witnessed at the BT Labs Gatehouse and on Portal Avenue.
Martlesham’s former air traffic control tower which is now a museum is rumoured to be haunted.
Terrified witnesses have seen the female ghostly apparition of a WAAF walking across the car park towards the old air traffic control tower.
In 2004 shocked shop owners in the Martlesham Heath shopping area reported seeing a ghostly shadow outside their shops…
Just a shadow, no being, no body, just an eerie shadow!
The Red Lion, Martlesham
The Red Lion pub located on Main Road near Martlesham is said to be haunted by a ghost of a pilot who was believed to be en route back to the airfield when he crashed his aircraft and was tragically killed…
Sometimes, his ghostly apparition is actually seen in the pub!
St Mary’s Church, Martlesham
In 2006, a man parked up near to St Mary’s Church just outside Martlesham in the early hours of the morning.
To his surprise, he witnessed an apparition in the field next to the church of an old fashioned policeman writing something down in his notebook.
Apparently, he glowed before disappearing into thin air!
Dobbs’ Grave, Martlesham
Along Dobbs’ Lane on the corner of the heath you’ll find an old grave which is said to belong to a shepherd who hung himself back in 1750 at the nearby Kesgrave Hall Farm.
You see, in those days suicide victims were not buried in cemeteries.
This grave is at the crossroads of the ancient tracks which mark the boundaries between the parishes of Kesgrave, Martlesham, Foxhall and Brightwell.
There’s a story which dates back to 1940 about a young airman who thought it would be a good idea to dig up the grave on one dark night…
He got the fright of his life when he was chased away from the grave site by an angry apparition of a young man many believe was the spirit of the dead shepherd himself!
Holy Trinity Church, Barsham
The round tower of the Holy Trinity Church in Barsham is not the only unusual feature of this pretty Suffolk church.
It also has a thatched nave and stunning 16th century flint lattice work on the exterior of the East wall!
Spooked visitors to the church have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking in the chancel.
Locals believe the spooky footsteps are made by the spirits of the Suckling family who’ve been a big part of the Barsham community for centuries.
A ghostly apparition of a Georgian lady has also been seen by scared witnesses within the church.
Maybe she’s the one responsible for the church’s lights being switched on and off on their own accord!
The churchyard of the Holy Trinity is said to be haunted too.
Terrified witnesses have spotted ghostly apparitions of people dressed in medieval costumes wandering around the church grounds.
Locals believe that these apparitions have something to do with the nearby plague pit!
The nearby Grade I listed rectory is also rumoured to be haunted.
You see, the late 16th century building has a secret priest hole in one of its rooms where phantom footsteps and spook lights have been reported by frightened witnesses.
In other parts of the house, objects have been noted to mysteriously move on their own accord!
Church of St Genevieve, Fornham Park
The iconic looking ruin of the Church of St Genevieve’s tower is said to be haunted by a ghostly monk who is said to appear to shocked witnesses every year on Christmas Eve.
Some say that the spirit of the ghostly monk dates back to the Battle of Fornham.
They say he was either a chaplain attached to one of the medieval armies or a Benedictine Brother from the nearby St Edmunds Abbey who may have been at the battle attending the dying.
The old entrance to Fornham Park near the roundabout just north of the village of Fornham St Genevieve is said to be haunted by Red Hannah.
Local legend says that this ghostly lady would suddenly appear to the naughty children of the local village scaring them half to death!
Her favourite time and location to appear to the poor children was just after dusk and right next to the park gates.
Red Hannah isn’t the only spectre to haunt the area near the roundabout.
One late evening in 1946, two local men were walking towards this area when they heard the sound of a motorbike roaring along the road and crashing nearby.
Concerned about the rider, they rushed to the spot where they thought the motorbike had crashed only to find no evidence what so ever of any crash or motorbike!
They were later shocked to discover that a young motorcyclist had been tragically killed when his motorbike had crashed at the very same spot a year earlier.
The residents of the notorious haunted village of Pluckley in Kent may have a few words to say about whether Great Livermere is the most haunted village in England of not.
But thanks to the local artist and author Beryl Dyson, Great Livermere may have a shot for the title…
In her book, Great Livermere a Parish with Ghosts, she covers over fourteen ghostly tales associated with the village!
Beryl herself has had some ghostly encounters within the village too.
She was born in the village and as a child she recalls the time when she saw an apparition of a small man with a shaven head wearing jester like clothes grinning like mad at her whilst standing near the rectory gates!
Close to where Beryl saw the small man, a frightened local also reported seeing the apparitions of two men in old fashioned white smocks sitting on the bench.
They proceeded to get up and walk towards the church where they disappeared into thin air!
The sound of a phantom car travelling through the park gates near Livermere Rectory at all times of the day and night has been reported by irritated locals.
In 1999 and 2000, the residents of a cottage reported hearing phantom footsteps and eerie voices within their home.
The owner’s young son got the shock of his life when he actually saw a ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady within the property!
Dog walkers from the village have been scared witless after seeing a ghostly figure of a woman walking next to the churchyard wall in the early hours of the morning.
Locals have also witnessed the apparitions of a young boy riding a bike and a man on an old fashioned penny-farthing style bike cycling through the village.
Great Livermere’s local roads have had their fair share of paranormal activity too.
An apparition of a monk has been seen by terrified witnesses walking along the Bury to Great Barton Road.
And, the apparition of a ghostly black dog has been seen running along the local lanes.
The black dog isn’t the only ghostly animal to be seen by the locals in the village.
An apparition of two horses ploughing a nearby field has also been reported!
These are just some of the paranormal events which Beryl covers in her book about Great Livermere…
I don’t know what it’s about this village but you must admit it seems to be quite a haunted place.
Whether it’s the most haunted village in England or not, I’ll let you make your mind up on that one!
The Ferry Landing Pier, Walberswick
If you head to the ferry landing pier in Walberswick keep a look out for a young boy with an elderly man who seems out-of-place.
Watch them board the ferry…
It’s said that they will simple vanish into a ghostly fog before your very eyes!
You see, it’s believed they’re apparitions from bygone years of poor individuals who once drowned whilst making an ill-fated ferry crossing!
Westwood Lodge, Walberswick
If you take the Lodge Road on the outskirts of Walberswick you’ll come across a large forty room former manor house.
This manor house is Westwood Lodge… and it’s haunted!
The present building dates back to the 16th century.
But there’s been a manor house in one form or another at this location as far back as the 14th century.
In 1391 the Manor of Westwood belonged to Micheal de la Pole, the Duke of Suffolk.
Over the years the ownership of the manor has passed through the Hopton family, the Brooke family and the Blois family.
Now there’s one member of the Brooke family in particular that we’re interest in… John Brooke to be exact!
You see John Brooke was a bit of a tyrant in his day.
In fact, he was known by the locals as The Great Troubler!
But his troubling days didn’t last too long.
He died on his way to Blythburgh in 1652 at the young age of 26.
It’s said that a phantom horseman rides the local lanes and byways near Westwood Lodge.
And the ghost is believed to be that of The Great Troubler himself!
Not only is he supposed to haunt the local lanes on horseback, but it’s also believed that his ghost once rode a phantom horse along the corridors of Westwood Lodge too.
These hauntings came to an abrupt end in 1865 after workmen found a saddle and whip in a bricked up old disused room of the manor.
The items were ceremoniously burned!
And to this day, John Brooke has never been seen riding his phantom horse up and down the corridors of Westwood Lodge again.
John Brooke’s ghost is not the only eerie apparition to be reported at Westwood Lodge.
There have also been sightings of a lady in a silk dress in the house, the grounds and the lane near to the manor house!
A couple of miles away from Leiston on the coast you’ll find Sizewell A and B nuclear power stations.
During the construction of Sizewell A in the 1960s one of the workers tragically fell to his death from a crane.
A day later one of the dead man’s work colleagues heard the deceased man calling him from the bottom of a deep pit.
The worker started to walk towards the edge of the pit to investigate but was quickly called back by a concerned friend who felt that he was putting his life in danger.
Upon reflection the worker was convinced that the luring voice he had heard was indeed that of the dead man…
And, he was also convinced that the dead man’s spirit had tried to lure him to his death!
St Gregory’s Church, Sudbury.
Back in the late 1300s one of the Sudbury’s citizens, the Archbishop of Canterbury Simon Sudbury, came a cropper at the Tower of London.
You see, at the time the Archbishop wasn’t too popular with the masses due to his involvement in the introduction of the poll tax.
During the Peasants Revolt in June 1381 a group of rebellious peasants from Kent and Essex forced their way into the Tower of London and came across the much hated Archbishop.
They dragged him to Tower Hill where rough justice was quickly meted out… THEY CUT HIS HEAD OFF!
After his murder, his headless body was buried at Canterbury Cathedral with pomp and ceremony but his decapitated head was taken to the St Gregory’s Church in Sudbury.
And you know what…
His gruesome decapitated head is kept inside the church to this very day!
So with all this past violence, you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that the ghostly apparition of Archbishop Simon has been witnessed within St. Gregory’s Church.
Unexplained phantom footsteps have also been heard in the dead of night at the medieval church…
Locals say that they belong to Simon!
Brundon Hall, Sudbury
Just north of Sudbury near the Brundon water mill you’re find the Grade II* listed Brundon Hall.
The 18th century Brundon Hall has an amazing ghost story associated with it.
Back in 1785 it was reported that a ghostly apparition of a lady in blue satin was witnessed by two young lads stamping three times on a blue slab on the floor near the Hall’s great staircase before she vanishing through a nearby doorway.
At a later date new owners of the hall were renovating the building when they came across an underground vault concealed by the blue slab the ghostly apparition had stamped on.
What they discovered disturbed them…
The underground vault contained a couple of skeletons guarding a large stash of gold coins.
One of the skeletons wore a gold bracelet whilst the other had gold spurs near its feet.
There was also a goblet containing what some believed was dried blood.
But more shockingly…
In a recess in the vault’s wall a collection of children skulls and bones were discovered!
The Hare and Hounds, East Bergholt
Along Heath Road in East Bergholt there’s a 16th century Grade II listed pub called the Hare and Hounds which is rumoured to have a resident ghost…
He’s called Fred!
Toilets flushing on their own accord, door mysteriously slamming shut, chairs being moved and phantom footsteps going up and down the pub’s stairs are just some of the paranormal activity accredited to Fred.
On one occasion it’s even said that Fred physically lifted one punter right off the ground!
Old Hall, East Bergholt
Just along from the Church of St Mary the Virgin on Rectory Hill in East Bergholt you’ll find an old 16th century manor house called Old Hall.
Old Hall has had an interesting history…
It’s been a manor house, convent, army barracks and friary.
And today it’s a commune called the Old Hall Community!
During the Second World War Old Hall was commandeered by the army to house troops.
At this time there were reports that the rooms which housed the Sergeant’s Mess was haunted.
Every night at ten to eleven there would be a severe temperature drop and the door leading into the Mess would unlatch and open on its own accord.
Soldiers would wait by the door at the time it would normally open to see whether anybody was playing a prank on them…
No culprit was ever discovered!
On one occasion the door was removed from it hinges.
But the severe temperature drop still occurred at ten to eleven.
When the door was rehung, it reverted back to opening on its own accord again at the usual time.
Things came to a head one night when a young soldier who was on his own in the haunted Mess room noticed the door opening on its own accord…
This time a misty figure entered and approached him.
He felt cold icy hands touch his face.
And naturally he screamed out in fear which resulted in the ghostly figure disappearing.
The next day the shock from his ghostly encounter had turned his dark hair snow white!
After this scary paranormal experience all of the haunted rooms were ordered to be sealed off…
But this was not the end to the ghostly goings-on.
Terrified soldiers still reported seeing ghostly apparitions walking along the hallways of the Old Hall!
During one summer back in the 1990’s a local woman was driving her car through Polstead village in the late afternoon.
Coming in the opposite direction was a horse and carriage carrying an old lady and two men dressed in Victorian clothing.
After they had passed her by she thought to herself that it was a bit of an odd sight to see.
So she turned around to get a better look only to discover that they had totally vanished into thin air!
The Rectory, Polstead
A couple of ghostly encounters have been reported at the 16th century Grade II listed rectory on Rectory Hill in Polstead.
A ghostly monk has been seen by terrified witnesses in the back garden of the old rectory.
Sometimes he’s seen walking across the nearby fields and disappearing into thin air when he reaches a neighbouring house.
The young children of the previous rectors have reported seeing phantom children playing under the trees in the rectory’s grounds.
Paranormal activity has been reported inside the rectory building itself by past rectors who believed that the house was very haunted…
In fact a couple of them were driven from the building because of the ghostly goings-on which took place there.
One of the rector’s wife reported that she actually felt like something unearthly was trying to strangle her!
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Just north of Long Melford is the splendid 16th century stately home called Kentwell Hall.
Kentwell Hall is said to be haunted by many ghosts…
Terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of Countess Rivers wandering around the grounds of the hall in the dead of night.
The daughter of the house reported seeing on many occasions a ghostly figure sitting at the end of her bed in the middle of the night.
Other spooks at the hall include a young girl in the walled garden who calls out for Aimee, white monks, a young kitchen girl who’s seen peering out of a window, a ghostly woman who throws herself from an upper window and a phantom coach and horses!
Tickle Manor, Lavenham
Along the Lavenham High Street there’s an old building which dates back to 1532 called Tickle Manor.
Tickle Manor is the home to the haunted Tickled Pink Tearoom…
A ghostly apparition of a blonde lady has been witnessed at the tearoom not only by the owner but also her son and members of staff too.
One day the owner caught a glimpse of a misty blonde figure at the foot of the tearoom’s stairs before it vanished in front of her very eyes.
When she asked a member of staff whether she too saw the blonde apparition, she reported that she had taken an order from a similar lady but when she returned with her order the woman had totally vanished.
One night the owner’s son bravely tried to spend a whole night alone at the tearoom.
He didn’t last too long.
He too witnessed a ghostly apparition of a woman on the stairs leaning on her elbows and staring at him intently!
Embarrassed customers to the tearoom have reported using the upstairs loo only to find the toilet’s locked door to mysteriously open on its own accord.
Members of staff at the tearoom have also reported the sound of phantom church bells and voices of unknown children singing Greensleeves.
There’s another weird fact about the tearoom…
Clocks place at the top of the original stairs have never worked properly…
You see, for some reason they’ve all seemed to stop working at ten to eight!
In 1943, the airfield at Woodbridge was originally set up as a place for returning crippled bombers to make an emergency landing after returning from bombing raids over Germany.
It’s said that during the war years over 4,200 aircraft had made emergency landings at RAF Woodbridge!
As you can imagine, there was probably a few tragedies at the airfield from crash landings involving stricken aircraft.
Due to the war time history of RAF Woodbridge, you won’t be too surprised to discover that there are rumours that quite a few ex-service personnel haunt the base.
Strangely enough, the RAF bar is said to be haunted not by an ex-serviceman by a ghostly apparition of an old white haired woman in a night-shirt who’s been seen standing in the corner of the bar.
During the Cold War RAF Woodbridge was a US Air Force base and many USAF aircrew witnessed a ghostly apparition of a German airman they eventually nicknamed East End Charlie.
It said that East End Charlie was a German pilot during the Second World War who crash landed his stricken aircraft at the east end of the runway at RAF Woodbridge.
His ghost is often seen by terrified witnesses at the east end area of the runway to this very day!
The White Hart, Wickham Market
There was once an old Grade II* listed pub in Wickham Market called the White Hart.
Today, it’s no longer a pub.
It’s been converted into business premises and flats.
In the days when it was a pub, frightened witnesses reported seeing a ghostly apparition of an old lady in a sackcloth dress.
Some people believe that the ghostly lady is the spirit of a woman called Betty Price who was executed for practising witchcraft in days gone by.
It’s also said that the room which was once Room 14 at the White Hart was haunted by of all things a pet cat!
Wickham Market Workhouse
In Wickham Market there was once a former Victorian workhouse called the Plomesgate Union Workhouse.
Today, this old workhouse has now been converted into new apartments and is called Deben Court.
There’s a local ghostly tale which says that some of the poor workhouse children were buried alive in the walls of the building…
It’s said their sad spirits still haunt the building to this very day!
There have also been reports of a tall ghostly figure wondering around the old workhouse site in the middle of the night.
About a fifteen minute drive northeast from Framlingham is the stately home of Bruisyard Hall.
In 1364 the Manor House of Rokes Hall was converted into the Abbey of the Poor Clares.
Then the abbey was dissolved in 1539 by Henry VIII.
A manor house was subsequently built on the site of the former Abbey.
Now it’s said that Bruisyard Hall is haunted by a nun from the Abbey of the Poor Clares.
You see, in the attic of the hall there’s a stain on the floorboards which the cleaners at Bruisyard Hall have tried but failed to remove…
It’s said that this is the bloodstain from a murdered nun from the Abbey!
Another ghostly apparition often witnessed at dusk gliding across the lawns of the hall is that of Maud of Lancaster who spent her last days at the abbey.
The Crown and Anchor, Framlingham
The Grade II listed 16th century Crown and Anchor pub situated on Church Street in Framlingham is said to be haunted by a young child.
The spirit of the young child is said to be heard running around the inn by spooked members of staff and locals alike.
It’s said that the child once haunted a nearby house by was forced out and into the pub after the house was exorcised!
The Castle Inn, Framlingham
The Castle Inn situated just a stone’s throw away from Framlingham Castle is said to be the oldest pub in the town.
Like the Crown and Anchor, the Castle Inn is said to be haunted by a young child…
In this case the young child is said to be a spirit of a young boy who was once a resident of the poorhouse within Framlingham Castle!
The cliff path near the ruins of Greyfriars Priory and Dunwich beach are said to be haunted.
Stunned witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a man walking along the cliff path near the old priory ruins…
Locals say that he’s looking for his adulterous wife who left him for her lover!
Down by the beach, an apparition of an Elizabethan sailor has been seen by terrified witnesses slowly walking down to the shoreline…
When the spooky sailor reaches the shoreline, he’s seen to climb into an old sailboat and launches it out to sea!
The sounds of phantom children playing on the beach have also been reported by concerned locals walking their dogs along the shoreline at dusk.
In 2011, a couple where walking along Helena Walk Trail and heard strange footsteps behind them…
They spun around to discover two ghostly disembodied legs following them along the path before disappearing behind some nearby trees.
They described the spooky legs as wearing dark trousers and boots!
The phantom disembodied legs may have belonged to the ghost of the brother of the Lord of the Manor who fell in love with a local serving maid many years ago.
It’s said that he died from a broken heart after being forbidden to see her every again!
On the nights that there’s a full moon in Dunwich, locals have been scared out of the minds by witnessing a ghostly apparition of a past landowner racing his horse across the heathland.
There’s the strange story of people seeing and hearing spooky apparitions of grazing cows and sheep along the shoreline at Dunwich.
It’s believed that they once grazed the area before it was all lost to the sea!
Greyfriars Priory, Dunwich
The ruins of the Greyfriars Priory are rumoured to be haunted…
The Grade II* listed ruins of the Franciscan Greyfriars Priory are said to be haunted by ghostly monks.
Their ghostly apparitions are often seen wandering around the remains of the ancient priory by terrified witnesses.
In 1926, a massive black phantom dog with red glowing eyes was witnessed running through the priory ruins too!
Believe it or not, but there are a few haunted ponds in Wissett…
In the garden of Paradise Cottage which is situated along Lodge Lane/Wissett Road an apparition of a grey lady has been seen by frightened witnesses to pass through the hedge, cross the road and disappear into the neighbouring small pond.
Further along Lodge Lane opposite Lodge Barn you’ll find Lodge Pond.
It’s said that two local people have sadly committed suicide by drowning themselves in this very pond.
Maybe the ghostly apparition of a woman in a silk dress who’s been seen by startled witnesses on moonlit nights is one of the poor people who killed themselves in the waters of the pond?
It’s said that she exits Lodge Barn, glides across the road and then across the water of the pond!
In Wissett there’s a cottage called Halleluja Cottage.
Well, in a field near to the cottage is a pond surrounded by trees called Halleluja Pond.
Halleluja Pond is said to be the watery destination of a phantom horse and cart which is seen to career across the field and plunge into the waters of the pond.
Locals say that in years gone by a horse and cart did indeed crash into the pond resulting in the poor horse drowning!
Many moons ago a depressed gentleman called Mr Grey sadly hung himself from a tree along Grey’s Lane in Wissett.
Locals now say that on certain dark nights of the year he’s ghostly apparition can be seen hanging by a rope from a particular tree in the lane.
Along Rumburgh Road at Cole’s Arch there’s a bridge where scared witnesses have reported seeing an apparition of a woman sitting on the railings of the bridge in the middle of the night…
Apparently she just disappears into the dark of the night once she’s been spotted!
Ancient House, Halesworth
A few years ago there was a paranormal story in the press about a bistro situated in the Thoroughfare in Halesworth.
The bistro was located in the building which was formerly known as the Ancient House.
The puzzled owner of the bistro reported hearing mysterious voices in the bar area and seeing electrical appliances turn themselves on and off on their own accord.
Whilst working in the bistro’s kitchen alone she has witnessed two ghostly apparitions on two different occasions.
She describes one of them as defiantly being a man!
In 1983 a terrified owner of one of the shops in Quay Street witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man…
He described the apparition as a ‘spiv’ type character!
Chediston Street, Halesworth
The most infamous ghost of Halesworth is that of Squire Baker…
He’s an aggressive spirit said to be very active in Chediston Street.
It’s said that on one occasion his violent ghost hurled an unsuspecting vicar down some stairs resulting in the poor man breaking both his legs!
There’s a house along Chediston Street which terrified witnesses have reported hearing a heavy footed ghost walking from one side of the house to the other.
In 1982 the owner of a private house in the town woke in the middle of the night to discover a ghostly apparition of a man wearing a brown overcoat and trilbury hat in his room.
Thinking the intruder was up to no good the owner reached for his shotgun which he kept next to his bed only to see the apparition disappear in front of his very eyes!
Roos Hall, Beccles
Roos Hall is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house about half a mile from the centre of Beccles.
And it’s said to be up there amongst some of the most haunted houses in England!
The spooky Tudor hall is rumoured to be haunted by a phantom coach and horses.
It’s said to clatter down the hall’s driveway and stop outside the main doors on Christmas Eve.
What’s more, the ghostly horses are said to be headless!
Some say that the coach contains the ghost of a member of the Blennerhassett family who once owned the hall.
Maybe it’s the beautiful woman which local legend says sometimes appears next to the phantom coach.
The legend says if you look at her straight in the eyes you’ll either die or go completely mad!
You know, there’s another local legend associated with the old Tudor hall which involves the Devil.
You see, there’s a bedroom cupboard in one of the rooms in the hall which has a burn mark in the cupboard’s brickwork.
Legend says it’s the imprint of the Devil’s hoof which he’s branded into the solid brickwork!
Keeping with the Devil…
There’s an old twisted and gnarled oak tree which stands in the grounds of Roos Hall, just near the Bungay Road.
This tree is known as Nelson’s Tree in honour to the admiral.
But the tree has been rumoured to have a dark past.
It’s said that it was once used as a place to hang the local wrongdoers which many believe has resulted in it being haunted by the victim’s souls.
Local legend also says that if you walk around the old oak six times… the devil will be summoned!
That’s not all…
Terrified witnesses have also seen the ghostly apparition of a lady in white standing by the old oak tree in the dead of the night.
There’s also another apparition seen near the hanging tree.
It’s of a man wearing an old brown jacket and torn trousers.
He’s said to be the ghost of a man who was hung for stealing only to be found innocent after his execution!
Now, there’s an old tale about one of the hall’s windows…
Apparently, it can never be kept close!
In the past, the window has been locked and even firmly shut with the aid of wrought ironwork…
But, mysteriously it’s always found wide open the next day!
Local legend says that many years ago the town of Beccles was invaded by a plague of rats…
Apparently they were everywhere!
Something had to be done.
Three local men offered to rid the town of the rats in exchange for a handsome sum.
A deal was struck with the town’s council and the men went to work…
Legend says they sold their souls to three local witches for the power to rid the town of the rats.
Well, the next day the men were seen playing musical instruments whilst heading towards the local river with all the town’s rats following them.
The rats were said to have been lead to the river where they fell into the water and drowned.
But the strange thing is…
The three men never came to collect their bounty from the town’s council afterwards!
In fact, they were never seen alive again.
Many locals believed the witches had something to do with the men’s disappearance.
It’s now said that the men’s ghosts can be seen in the dead of night on the 31st August every year standing on the river bank of the local River Waveney!
The Three Tuns, Bungay
The Three Tuns pub in Earsham Street in Bungay has a reputation for being haunted.
In 1969 an investigating medium claimed it was haunted by no less than twenty four ghosts!
One of the spirits was said to be a notorious 18th century highwayman called Tom Hardy who was said to have used the inn to plan his unlawful endeavours.
Another ghost believed to have haunted the inn was an 18 year old called Rex Bacon who was said to have hung himself in the Three Tuns in 1682 after killing his wife’s lover.
In the middle of Bungay there are the remains of the 12th century Bungay Castle.
The original Norman castle was first built by Roger Bigod of Norfolk in the 1100s.
His son, the powerful Earl Hugh Bigod built a large square Norman keep on the site in 1165.
But it was besieged and destroyed in the Revolt of 1173–1174.
In 1294, the castle was restored by Roger Bigod the 5th Earl of Norfolk who built the impressive twin towers you see today at the castle site.
After his death the castle was placed in the hands of the Crown but soon fell into disrepair.
Today, the castle is owned by the Bungay Castle Trust.
With such a strong link to the Bigod family you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle remains are said to be haunted by Hugh Bigod.
It’s said that his apparition sometimes takes the form of a black dog!
The legendary Black Shuck is also said to roam around the ruins of the castle.
Whether the apparition of the black dog witnessed at the castle ruins is that of the spirit of Hugh Bigod or the Black Shuck itself I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
One thing for certain… the locals avoid the castle ruins at night like the plague!
It’s safe to say that Lowestoft has one hell of a haunted High Street…
A ghostly apparition of a grey lady has been witnessed in the cellars of 35 and 36 High Street.
In 1974, at 55 High Street, an apparition of a lady in a long dress and mob cap was seen to climb the stairs to the second floor of the building by startled builders.
This sighting was in the middle of the day.
Later in the afternoon, the property owner got the shock of his life when he ran into the ghostly lady too!
In the 1960s, a man passed a ghostly apparition of a lady in period dress on the stairs in one of the shops along the High Street…
Could this be the same female ghost from 55 High Street?
I’ll let you make your mind up on that one!
In 2002, there was a news story about the landlord of the Royal Falcon Hotel located at the end of the High Street who apparently tried to get insurance against damages caused by a poltergeist…
The noisy ghost was said to move the pub’s furniture and smash glasses in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the poor landlord was successful in getting his insurance!
Just along the High Street from the Royal Falcon Hotel is the Sergeant Pepper’s Restaurant…
There’s a ghost nicknamed George who likes to hang around the dinner’s ladies toilets.
He’s said to pinch the bottoms of shocked young ladies who have visited the loo!
Just off the High Street is Mariners Score which is believed to be the site of the former St Bartholomew’s Priory.
This road and its building are said to be haunted by a phantom hooded figure.
Some say the ghostly apparition is of a monk but other witnesses say it’s a woman!
In 1976, a ghostly apparition of a monk was seen by terrified witnesses in the Old Blue Anchor pub at the other end of the High Street.
The phantom monk was seen in one of the pub’s bedrooms.
The witness described the temperature of the bedroom suddenly dropping with a blast of cold air before the ghostly monk appeared!
Just off the High Street is Rant Score which was home to the former Birds Eye Foods building…
In the 1970s, a couple of kitchen workers were scared out of their lives when they witnessed a ghostly figure walk across the room and vanish through a wall.
Poltergeist activity had been reported at the building in the past with boxes of fish being moved by unseen hands.
Locals say that this area was rumoured to be haunted long before Birds Eye set up shop.
The funny thing is…
No one really knows who exactly the ghostly figure was!
At the North Quay in the 1920s two fellow workers fell out over a drunken game of cards.
Edward Rollahide lost his rag and swung an axe at his fellow worker George Turner.
Unfortunately, Edward lost his balance and ended up in a large pool of wet cement where he tragically drowned.
His body was never recovered but his ghostly apparition is often seen in the area… dripping in wet cement!
There’s a local story about a drunken sailor who tried to impress his girlfriend by walking on the handrail of the town’s bridge.
Yep, you’ve guessed it… he fell in the water and drowned!
Locals now say that on a quite night you can hear his ghostly cries for help coming from under the bridge.
The famous 19th century English writer and traveller George Henry Borrow loved Oulton Broad.
His wife owned a small estate at Oulton Broad where he lived and wrote his books in between his travels.
He died in old age at Oulton Broad in 1881.
He must of loved the place so much because his ghostly apparition is often seen wandering around the area of his old summerhouse.
He’s said to be wearing a wide brimmed hat and a long cloak!
In 1851, a Norfolk wherry called the Mayfly was sailing on Oulton Broad heading for Great Yarmouth with a cargo of gold worth four thousand pounds…
A small fortune in those days!
On board was the master’s daughter Millicent Dormer.
The captain of the Mayfly was a man called Stephenson who had other ideas on the destination of the ship’s gold.
He had planned to kill the crew and sail to Holland with the stolen bullion.
He managed to overcome the mate killing him and dumping his body overboard.
Unfortunately for him, the master’s daughter Millicent put up more of a fight…
In their violent struggle together both were mortally wounded!
Captain Stephenson died from a stab to the heart whilst Millicent died from a wound to her neck.
The young cabin boy Bert survived the violence but could not sail the Mayfly alone so he abandoned ship via the lifeboat.
He was eventually saved and told his rescuers the fate of the Mayfly.
The wherry was later found drifting out at sea…
Both Millicent and Stephenson bodies were still on board!
It’s now said that around the 24th and 25th June, a ghostly apparition of the Mayfly can be seen sailing on Oulton Broad…
What more, the ghostly figures of a man and a woman can be seen clearly struggling together on the deck of the boat!
The 16th century Manor House on Oulton Street which was once known as Oulton High House is said to be haunted by a couple of ghosts…
In the older part of the house a ghostly apparition of a lady in white has been witnessed climbing the staircase.
And the ghost of a former owner of Manor House has been seen in full traditional hunting gear with his loyal hunting hounds by he’s feet ready to go on a hunt!
The phantom sounds of an old carriage moving along the driveway and poltergeist activity has been also been reported at the property.
Now there have been a couple of exorcisms performed at the house.
But it seems they weren’t too successful as paranormal activity is still reported to take place at the Manor House to this very day.
In 1989 a fire broke out in one of the Spinney Cottages in Rougham.
The fire broke out within one of the cupboards in the cottage causing smoke damage to the cottage.
It also resulted in the owner being taken to the nearby hospital and sadly the death of their pet parrot.
The weird thing about the fire is that the owners said it was caused by a ghost.
A few days after the fire, the owner’s teenage daughter reported a ghostly voice saying to her…
‘That was funny, wasn’t it’!
She presumed the spooky voice was referring to the house fire.
You see, the family had experience many paranormal events during the evenings leading up to the fire.
The strange thing is…
They all occurred around the same time as the fire had mysteriously started!
The fire at the cottage seemed to be the crescendo of the paranormal activity.
After the fire, the ghostly goings-on gradually petered out.
Many of Rougham locals have witnessed shadowy dark figures walking across their gardens and disappearing into thin air right in front of their very eyes.
One of the more common apparition witnessed is that of a ghostly hooded monk!
But the most infamous manifestation of Rougham is not a person but a beautiful Georgian house…
In 1926, on a damp overcast afternoon, a local teacher called Ruth Wynne went for a walk with Miss Allington a young pupil of hers.
They came across a beautiful large Georgian house and marvel at how grand it looked.
A year later they decided to take the same walk but were totally shocked to discover that the house had totally disappeared…
In fact, the area was so overgrown that it looked like nothing had ever been situated at the spot!
They ask some of the old locals about the mystery house but none of them had ever heard of such a grand house being built at that location.
So what did they experience?
What it a mirage or maybe they even experienced a time slip?
It appears that the teacher and her pupil were not the only ones to have witnessed this strange house…
In 1911, James Cobbold also saw an apparition of a three-story Georgian house situated on Kingshall Street between Bradfield St George and Rougham Green.
He said that there was a swishing sound, the temperature dropped and he briefly saw the house through a mist before it totally disappeared!
To this very day, shocked people are still reporting seeing this beautiful mysterious Georgian house…
It’s not always in the same location but it is always within the parish!
Just north of Rougham village you’ll find an airfield which was once used by the USAAF Eighth Air Force during the Second World War.
After the war some of the airfield was returned for agriculture use, some was turned into an industrial estate and the remaining grass runways were made available for civil use.
The control tower was used as a private dwelling for many years but today it’s now a museum.
There’s a ghost story from 1945 about an American serviceman called L’il Butch whose aircraft was shot down during a bombing raid over Germany…
Apparently, his comrades saw his ghostly apparition a couple of months after he was killed wandering around the base as if he’d just returned from a mission!
But it’s really from the 1970s onwards that paranormal activity at the airfield started to become more noticeable.
The sound of phantom aircraft taking off, eerie voices and the sightings of ghostly apparitions of American servicemen walking around the old base have all been reported…
One in particular is of a distressed pilot who rang out of fuel and crashed his plane at the base.
In the dead of night, his spirit is heard crying out…
‘Why wouldn’t you let us land?’
Many centuries ago wolfs were a common sight in this area of Suffolk.
The village was well known for its wolf pits which were dug to trap the animals.
As a result, many wolfs were trapped and killed in the area of Woolpit.
It’s now believed that the ghost of one of those slayed wolfs still haunts the area…
Now there’s a story within the village that a local farmer thought one of his young calves was stuck in a large hole in the ground.
Upon investigation he was shocked to see a massive wolf bounding out of the hole.
He quickly ran to get his gun but on returning to the hole he couldn’t find the creature anywhere.
In fact, after looking extensively around the area, he discovered that there was no evidence that the wolf had ever been there at all…
No paw prints, nothing!
He concluded that what he actual witnessed was a ghostly apparition of a wolf which many moons ago was most probably trapped and killed in the area.
Four Horseshoes Inn, Thornham Magna
The thatched 12th century Four Horseshoes Inn situated along Wickham Road in Thornham Magna is said to be haunted…
The ghosts of an old lady and her young daughter are said to scare the living daylights out of the guests in the middle of the night.
You see, they wake them up by making spooky banging noises and switching their televisions on!
In 1975, a shocked cyclist passed two ghostly hooded monk-like figures with a white dog whilst riding along the road which heads into Thornham Parva.
The monks seem friendly and waved at the cyclist.
But, the poor man got the shock of his life when he realised that the hoods of the spooky figures were empty…
The ghostly monks were headless!
There’s a ghostly tale which began in the early part of the 19th century concerning a girl who once worked for Lord Henniker as a maid…
Apparently, she fell in love with the son of Lord Henniker and they decided to get married.
Lord Henniker got wind of the affair and he wasn’t too please.
You see, being just a domestic maid she wasn’t good daughter-in-law material!
He wanted to put a stop to any idea of married…
He knew that after finishing work at Thornham Hall, she would walk home through a large wood near the property.
It’s said that Lord Henniker instructed his game keeper to lay in wait for the poor girl in the nearby woods.
As she walked by, he was told to set his hunting dogs on her.
The dogs were let loose and they viciously attacked her leaving her for dead in the undergrowth!
The girl’s distraught parents found her lifeless body in the woods the next day.
Today, there’s a road which goes straight through the old wood where the girl was murdered…
Whilst walking along this road at night many terrified witnesses have heard the eerie sound of phantom hunting dogs barking.
They then often witness a misty shape come out of the woods and cross the road in front of them before vanishing into thin air.
This ghostly apparition has become known as the Pink Lady…
It’s said to be the spirit of the terrified young maid trying to escape from the hunting dogs!
There’s another ghostly tale associated with Thornham Hall…
The spooky sounds of a phantom coach and horses are often heard travelling along the hall’s gravel driveway.
It’s said that the ghostly coach and horses are never seen, just heard!
To the east of the Grade I listed All Saints Church in Icklingham you’ll find a gap in the hedge.
During the 19th century the locals avoided it like the plague…
You see, they said it was a witch’s path!
It’s was said that this gap in the hedge would never close and after dark shadowy figures would be seen walking through it.
Now the funny thing is…
In 1871 the remains of a Roman cemetery was unexpectedly found at the spot!
Near Icklingham there are a few ancient barrows.
One local legend says that Oliver Cromwell hid a load of treasure in one of the barrows.
Another mound called Deadman’s Grave is said to be haunted by an executed highwayman.
He’s said to haunt the mound because he wasn’t given a Christian burial.
It’s said that a ghostly apparition of a man on horseback has been seen on the mound late at night by terrified witnesses!
Some say that the ghostly horseman isn’t the executed highwayman but the ghost of man who was thrown from his horse and killed at the spot.
The legend of the headless horseman is alive and kicking in the village of Icklingham…
Some locals say it’s the ghosts of an executed highwayman.
Whilst others say it the ghost of the much hated John Cambridge who was the Prior of the wealthy Bury St Edmunds Abbey during the Peasant’s Revolt.
You see, the peasants caught up with him near Icklingham where they quickly beheaded him!
Some residents of the village say that it’s he’s ghostly decapitated apparition on horseback which has been seen by frightened witnesses in the past.
Bury St Edmunds
In 1973, frightened children playing in the coppice which runs along the Horringer Road witnessed a ghostly apparition of a man carried a walking stick and wearing a black suit with a bowler hat…
What frightened them so much was that the ghostly figure had no face!
The churchyard of St Mary’s Church is well known for being one of the haunts of Bury’s Grey Lady but it’s also rumoured to be haunted by another lady ghost…
You see the tomb of Henry VIII second daughter Mary Tudor is in St Mary’s Church.
And, it’s said that her ghostly spirit is sometimes witnessed by members of the congregation during service!
With Bury’s monastic heritage you probably won’t be too shocked to discover that the most reported apparitions witnessed within the town is that of ghostly monks…
In fact, it’s safe to say that the town is awash with sightings of them!
The impressive Abbey Gateway is one location within the town that terrified witnesses have seen apparitions of monks.
In the 1960s, the ghostly monks where given the nick-name of the Brown Monks by the locals.
The funny thing is…
The Benedictine monks of St Edmund’s Abbey actually wore black!
Abbeygate Street is one location where a lot of sightings of the Brown Monks have been reported.
The cellars in the old Suffolk Hotel building in Buttermarket and the Cupola House in the Traverse are both said to be haunted by a Brown Monk.
In 1961, two spooked men witnessed the ghostly apparition of a monk wearing a habit in Angel Lane…
He glided along the lane and disappeared through a wall!
The following year, two motorists witnessed an apparition of a Brown Monk hovering in nearby Churchgate Street.
Whilst a week later, a local man was scared witless when he saw an apparition of a monk dressed in a brown habit disappearing through the Old Gaol wall in Southgate Street.
On a couple of occasions terrified witnesses have seen the hooded monk by Bury’s Norman Tower.
One occasion the hooded apparition was seen gliding through the undercroft whilst on the other occasion it was seen heading towards St James Cathedral.
Many of the members of staff in the shops along Abbeygate Street have witness an apparition of a ghostly monk within their premises…
Whether they’re the same monk or different monks nobody really knows!
On a cold October afternoon in 1935, two young girls and their mother were walking home along Eastgate Street when an unusual gust of wind blew past them…
They suddenly witnessed a man and a woman hurrying across the street in front of them.
The woman was wearing an old fashioned white nurse’s uniform and the man was wearing white underclothes from the same period.
The nurse was supporting the man who seemed to be in some distress.
The ghostly couple proceed to cross the street and entered an overgrown area known as the Glen.
A little while later a gunshot and a scream rang out!
The frightened mother and her two daughters quickly ran from the scene without looking back.
Apparently, they had witnessed the ghosts of a nurse from the 1800s called Mary Treese and a wounded Crimean soldier who she was nursing at the time and had fallen in love with…
Her father had strongly disapproved of the relationship which led to him shooting dead the soldier.
A crime which he was later hung for!
It’s now said that the ghostly shooting of the fleeing soldier is played out every 20th October on Eastgate Street.
The most infamous ghost to haunt Bury St Edmunds is the notorious Grey Lady…
Her ghostly apparition has been witnessed in many different places within the town!
In the 1930s, the park keepers at the Abbey Garden would often witness her apparition near a First World War tank which was being exhibited in the gardens at the time.
St Mary’s churchyard, especially the tree-lined avenue leading through it, is another place said to be haunted by the Grey Lady.
She was spotted twice here in 1862.
In the 1930s and 40s the houses built into the West Front of the Abbey were also said to be haunted by the Grey Lady.
In 1961, a shop owner from Abbeygate Street witnessed a ghostly apparition of a lady wearing an 18th century grey chiffon dress walking across her showroom and vanishing through her shop’s wall.
The Grey Lady is also said to haunt Cupola House in the Traverse…
It’s the cellars of the Cupola House and the corner of the bar which she is said to haunt.
In 2000, a bar man at Cupola House was scared witless when he witnessed a Victorian lady dressed in white on the stairs.
She was there for just a few minutes before disappearing into thin air!
The buildings which were once the old Suffolk Hotel also had a reputation of being haunted by the Grey Lady.
As does the Fornham Road!
The ruins of St Saviour’s Hospital, the Victorian houses and the Tesco supermarket along Fornham Road are all said to be haunted by the Grey Lady.
Poltergeist activity has been reported to take place both within the Victorian houses and the Tesco supermarket whilst in 1966 a lady cycling past the ruins of St Saviour’s Hospital saw the ghostly apparition of a hooded nun.
There’s also a local story which says witnesses have seen the Grey Lady leaping over the old Priory wall at the end of Fornham Road!
Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds
The old Manor House Museum on Honey Hill in Bury St Edmunds had a reputation with the locals as being very haunted…
There’s one spooky account of a ghostly family visiting the building only to disappear into thin air!
One of the rooms in the Manor House is said to be haunted by a monk.
In 1998, the manager of the Manor House Museum witnessed a ghostly apparition of a Victorian man dressed in a black coat and grey pin-striped trousers disappear through a panel in the wall of the old kitchen…
He thought that he was once probably a butler at the house!
In the last century, a chamber maid called Sarah hung herself in one of the rooms.
Some of the museum’s members of staff reported seeing a blurred figure hanging from a beam in the garret window in the same room where Sarah committed suicide.
Other members of staff have been scared witless when they saw an apparition of a woman in a long dress disappearing through a wall in the museum’s garden.
A ghostly figure of a roundhead soldier from the English Civil War has also been seen by terrified witnesses walking across the museum’s courtyard!
The Nutshell, Bury St Edmunds
The Nutshell on the corner of the Traverse is one of the smallest pubs in England.
The building dates back to the 1800s and it has a few ghostly tales to tell…
The upstairs is said to be haunted by a little boy who’s been witnessed sitting on his tod in the room.
Local legend says the little boy died in the premises in mysterious circumstances.
A lot of the poltergeist activity which happens within the building is blamed on this poor little boy!
A phantom monk is also said to haunt the building and members of staff have often smelt the smell of an old fashion perfume within the pub after it has been closed to the public.
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Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press
Pete Jennings (2011) Haunted Ipswich. The History Press