19 Haunted Pubs in Suffolk (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Table of Contents
- The Four Horseshoes Inn, Thornham Magna
- The Swan Hotel, Lavenham
- The Angel, Lavenham
- The Bull Hotel, Long Melford
- The Hare and Hounds, East Bergholt
- The Red Lion, Martlesham
- White Horse Inn, Leiston
- The Crown and Anchor, Framlingham
- The Castle Inn, Framlingham
- The Three Tuns, Bungay
- Old Blue Anchor, Lowestoft
- The Halberd Inn, Ipswich
- The Crown Hotel, Ipswich
- The Great White Horse Hotel, Ipswich
- The Rep Bar, Ipswich
- The Woolpack Inn, Ipswich
- The County of Suffolk, Ipswich
- The Haunted Plough, Icklingham
- The Nutshell, Bury St Edmunds
The 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!
The Swan Hotel, Lavenham
The medieval Swan Hotel in the heart of Lavenham is an old coaching inn which is believed to date back to the 1400s.
And yes, it’s believed to be haunted…
A former housekeeper from the 19th century when the Swan was a coaching inn is said to haunt the hotel.
In particular Room 15!
Local legend says she committed suicide in the Swan.
But there are two stories as to why…
The first story is that she fell pregnant out of wedlock.
The father of the unborn child agreed to do the decent thing and marry her.
But when the wedding day came, he got cold feet and left the pregnant bride at the altar.
After this heartbreak and humiliation she became very depressed.
She hung herself in her quarters.
Today, the housekeeper’s quarters are now Room 15!
The second story tells that she was hoping to get a promotion whilst working at the inn but got overlooked for another worker.
This rejection sent her into a deep depression resulting in her committing suicide in Room 15 of the hotel.
Room 15 is said to be so haunted that members of staff don’t like to go in it alone!
It’s said that her ghostly apparition scared witless a poor security guard who was checking the building over in the early hours of one morning.
It’s not only the members of staff of the Swan who have witnessed her ghostly spirit…
Several guests to the hotel have reported seeing her apparition in the middle of the night standing in their room…
Yep, it was again Room 15!
On one occasion, a nun was sleeping in Room 15 and was woken in the middle of the night by the ghostly apparition of the housekeeper tickling her feet.
The Angel, Lavenham
The Marco Pierre White owned Angel Hotel in Market Place is said to be Lavenham’s oldest inn.
You know, it dates back to the 1400s!
So it probably won’t be a big surprise to you that the Angel is rumoured to be haunted by a former landlady called Mrs Goodhew.
Terrified witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition throughout the ancient building.
But they need not worry…
It seems to me like she’s a friendly ghost.
She said to smile at anyone who sees her before she quickly vanishes into thin air right in front of them!
The Bull Hotel, Long Melford
Along Hall Street in Long Melford there’s a lovely old timbered building called the Bull Hotel…
Well, the Bull is well known locally for being haunted!
The Grade II* listed hotel is an old Tudor building which dates back to 1450.
It was first built as a dwelling for one of Long Melford’s wealthy wool merchants.
In 1580 it was converted into The Bull Inn and opened to the paying public.
Inside the Bull Hotel there’s a fantastic feature…
An ancient beam which has an image of the mysterious Wildman or Woodman!
This decoration was common place in the Middle Ages as it was believed to ward off evil spirits.
The Bull Hotel is said to be haunted by a guy called Richard Evered who came a cropper at the inn.
He was violently murdered in the hotel back in 1648.
He was stabbed to death during a very heated argument about politics with a bloke called Roger Greene.
Roger Greene was quickly arrested, tried and executed for the murder.
The weird thing about this murder story is that Richard Evered never had a proper burial…
You see, his dead body was laid in a side room after the murder.
But when his relatives came to collect him… his body had totally disappeared!
Today, Richard Evered ghost is said to haunt Room 4 and the hallways of the Bull Hotel.
Sudden severe temperature drops, objects being moved on their own accord, phantom footsteps and strange banging noises are the paranormal activities which are been reported by terrified members of staff and guests alike at the Bull Hotel.
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!
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!
White Horse Inn, Leiston
The White Horse Inn on Station Road in Leiston is said to be haunted by a poltergeist.
Terrified members of staff and guests alike witnessed bottles and glasses flying off shelves and doors in the pub opening and closing on their own accord…
Things got so bad that an exorcism had to be performed in the pub!
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 the castle is said to be the oldest pub in Framlingham.
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 Three Tuns, Bungay
The Three Tuns pub in Earsham Street 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 recent years, the Three Tuns hasn’t reported any paranormal activity taking place in its four walls.
But, paranormal investigators have been drawn to the nearby 17th century King’s Head opposite the Three Tuns where unexplained ghostly noises have been reported!
Maybe the Three Tuns entities have migrated to the King’s Head?
Old Blue Anchor, Lowestoft
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!
The Halberd Inn, Ipswich
In Northgate Street there’s an Irish theme pub which at one time was known as the Halberd Inn.
It’s said that if you place your ear to the pub’s walls you can hear the sound of a human heart beating!
Phantom footsteps, eerie shadows, unexplained smashed glasses and heavy beer barrels being mysteriously moved are just some of the paranormal activity to be reported from the pub.
Locals say that the spirit of a monk who was murdered in the pub now haunts it today.
The Crown Hotel, Ipswich
The ghostly face of a woman has been seen by terrified witnesses looking down from one of the bedrooms at the Crown Hotel in Felixstowe Road.
Within the pub, people have reported a heavy wardrobe falling over on its own accord plus eerie banging sounds and the spooky sound of a phantom piano playing.
The Great White Horse Hotel, Ipswich
Many years ago in the 1920s, there apparently was a bad fire at the famous Great White Horse Hotel in which a lady called Flossie Fluyd was tragically killed.
Her ghostly apparition is often seen by scared witnesses in Room 305 where she disappears through the room’s wall.
Guests staying in Room 209 often complained about the people in the upstairs room to them dragging heavy furniture across the floor in the middle of the night…
The eerie thing is, a fire destroyed the room above 209 and all that’s there today is the roof of the building!
The Rep Bar, Ipswich
The former theatre in Tower Street is now a pub called the Rep Bar…
A ghostly apparition of an old man wearing a coat and hat is often seen in the building.
The ghost has been nickname Alfred!
The Woolpack Inn, Ipswich
There’s an old 16th century smuggler’s pub called the Woolpack Inn situated in Tuddenham Road…
A spirit called Old Grog who’s believed to be the ghost of Admiral Vernon is said to haunt the pub.
The Admiral is not the only ghost to haunt the old inn.
The pub’s chief got the fright of his life one night when he witnessed a grey shadow walk through his bedroom!
The County of Suffolk, Ipswich
The cellar and the upstairs to the County of Suffolk pub in St Helen’s Street is said to be haunted…
Which is no surprise really as opposite was once the site for public hangings!
The Haunted Plough, Icklingham
Icklingham’s Plough Inn is said to be haunted…
The pub’s former landlady, members of staff and punters alike have all been scared stiff by witnessing a dark ghostly apparition wearing a cloak walking about the place.
The hallway leading from the pub’s toilet is said to be very oppressive which in the past has upset pet dogs.
Terrified witnesses at the pub have reported the bell in the bar and kitchen areas being mysteriously rung and lights being switched on and off on their own accord!
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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