9 Haunted Places in East Sussex
Stewart | On 22, Apr 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
Battle Abbey, Battle
Many witnesses visiting the Battle Abbey site have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a Black Monk walking around it.
A school party visiting the abbey one day reported seeing an apparition of another but very lifelike monk in the undercroft area.
They described him as wearing a white robe with a red belt.
Another ghostly monk was witnessed in the museum by an electrician who was working on some wiring behind one of the displays.
He turned around and came face to face with the ghostly monk who was watching him work!
Spooked visitors to the site have reported seeing apparitions of warriors on horseback riding across the battlefield site as well as the ghost of a bloodied King Harold himself.
These sighting generally occur on the 14th October which is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings!
Witnesses to the abbey site have also reported seeing the ghost of the Duke’s minstrel leading a phantom charge.
Other ghosts who’ve been seen on a regular occurrence at Battle Abbey are that of a lady in a red dress and knight on horseback.
The ghostly apparition of a knight has also been witnessed by children in the Great Hall.
Other children visiting the site have reported seeing a ghostly man with an eyepatch watching them from a window in the gatehouse.
A visitor was shocked one day after taking a photograph of the area where the old hanging posts once stood.
They found an apparition of a hanging in their photograph which wasn’t there when they took it!
Many visitors the abbey sight also reported hearing the sound of a phantom battle taking place somewhere in the vicinty.
Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux
The corridors of the castle are said to be haunted by the ghost of a Grey Lady.
Legend says the Grey Lady ghost is the spirit of a young girl from the 18th century who got lost in a remote spot of the castle and starved to death.
Witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition wandering the corridors of the castle as well as hearing her phantom sobbing.
Another female ghost at the castle is that of the White Lady.
The White Lady ghost has been witnessed walking in the grounds of the castle near to the moat.
Legend says that she’s the spirit of a young girl who Sir Roger Fiennes lure to the castle, abused and then murdered!
Some witnesses visiting the castle have also reported seeing a very lifelike apparition of a woman riding a white donkey.
Another ghost said to haunt the castle is that of a sleepwalking man!
The most infamous ghost of Herstmonceux Castle is that of a nine foot tall drummer.
His ghostly apparition has been witnessed walking along the battlements of the castle beating a drum.
Some say the drummer ghost is of a soldier who was killed at Agincourt whilst others say it’s the ghost of Lord Dacre.
Lord Dacre had a beautiful young wife and would drum whilst on the castle’s battlements to keep potential love rivals away from her.
His wife soon got fed up with this eccentric behaviour and locked him up a tiny room at the castle where he was left to starve to death!
Pevensey Castle, Pevensey
The most infamous ghost at Pevensey Castle is that of the Lady in White.
Witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition wandering around the meadowland which surrounds the castle.
A couple of years ago, campers who were setting up for the night in a field near the castle spotted her ghostly apparition in a nearby field.
They described her as wearing a long white outfit which came down to her ankles.
They then witness her glide across the field towards the castle where she disappeared from sight behind some bushes.
Spooked witnesses visiting the castle have also reported seeing the Lady in White within the castle pacing up and down one of the parapets.
Some say the Lady in White is the ghost of Lady Joan Pelham who was besieged in the castle in 1394 when her husband Sir John was away fighting with his troops in Yorkshire.
Whilst he was away the castle was surrounded by a Yorkist army loyal to King Richard II.
The siege was eventually lifted when Sir John returned to the castle with his troops.
Others say the Lady in White is the ghost of Henry IV wife, Queen Joan of Navarre.
In 1419 she was accused by Friar Randolph of being a witch and put in the custody of Sir John Pelham at Pevensey Castle.
A couple of years later she was later reprieved by her stepson Henry V.
Other ghosts have been seen at the castle too…
A ghostly Roman centurion has been seen standing on the castle battlements.
And a ghost of a drummer boy has been witnessed beating out an alarm of an imminent attack!
A ghostly apparition of a monk dressed in black has been seen at the castle as well as a ghostly man dressed in black who was spotted on numerous occasions by a dog walker.
Witnesses visiting the castle have also reported hearing the phantom sounds of men marching and a battle taking place coming from the direction of the nearby Battle of Hastings site.
Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker
In 1229, the Augustine Priory of the Holy Trinity was founded near Upper Dicker in East Sussex.
Unfortunately, during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1537 it was dissolved.
The church and some of the buildings were demolished.
The house fell into private hands and remained so until the 20th century.
Today, it’s owned by the Sussex Archaeological Society and is opened to the public if you fancy paying it a visit.
Now, Michelham Priory is reported to be one of the most haunted places in the UK…
In fact, talking about Most Haunted, the team investigated the priory twice.
The first time was back in 2002 for their first series and the second time was in 2006 for Series 8.
Many centuries ago, a gentleman called Thomas Sackville once owned the priory.
It’s said that many of the paranormal activity which takes place at Michelham Priory is something to do with his ghost.
He’s said to be in search of a young girl called Rosie who in her time would hide behind the priory’s wood panelling to escape him!
Many terrified visitor to the priory have witnessed the ghostly apparition of the Grey Lady either by the bridge or the gate house.
Apparently, she’s mourning for her dead child who tragically drowned in the moat.
The priory has had its fair share of poltergeist activity too.
Doors and windows opening and shutting on their own accord is a regular occurrence.
You know there’s even more ghosts at Michelham Priory!
There’s the Tudor lady who been spotted walking along the priory’s corridors, the maid in the hall, the hooded black monk in the undercroft and the little boy in the kitchen.
Preston Manor, Brighton
Preston Manor is infamous for its ghost of a blonde medieval nun who’s also referred to as the White Lady…
It seems that she’s been haunting the building since the 16th century.
In 1896, the wealthy Stanford family owned the manor house.
Eleanor Stanford’s children witnessed the White Lady on the staircase.
In the same year, a guest to the house witnessed a ghostly figure by the entrance hall.
Apparently he spoke to the spirit and she told him that she was once a nun who’d been shamefully excommunicated and her body buried in un-consecrated land.
An apparition of two men fighting was witnessed by Eleanor Stanford’s daughter on the staircase in the southwest side of the manor house.
In the 20th century many visitors to the manor have witnesses the ghostly apparition of a lady dressed in old fashioned clothes…
This time, she was dressed in grey!
Over the years the grey female ghost has been spotted in the boiler room, on the main staircase and on the parapet of the roof.
During the 1960s a ghost was spotted in the grounds of the manor house apparently riding a toy tractor!
And in the 1990s a spooked security guard reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a figure in dark clothing walking across the landing.
Spooked visitors to Preston Manor have also reported lots of paranormal activity happening at the house.
Doors open and closed on their own accord, lights switching on and off by themselves, doors locking themselves and in one of the manor’s bedrooms a ghostly severed hand has been seen floating by the four-poster bed!
The Theatre Royal, Brighton
The most infamous ghost of the Theatre Royal is that of the Grey Lady.
Guests, members of staff and actors such as Danny la Rue, Sylvia Randall, Michael Cashman and Martin Jarvis have all reported seeing the Grey Lady within the theatre and its dressing rooms.
Her ghostly apparition is said to be very life-like.
Witnesses have described her as being very stern looking and wearing grey 19th century clothing.
Some people believe the Grey Lady is the ghost of the French 19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt.
The most probable identity of the Grey Lady ghost is that of Mrs Ellen Elizabeth Nye Chart.
She managed the theatre from 1876 to 1892 after her husband, actor and owner of the Theatre Royal Henry John Nye Chart died.
The Theatre Royal is also said to be haunted by the ghosts of two children and a doorman!
The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
The theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former stage manager who tragically fell to his death.
Paranormal investigators visiting the theatre have reported hearing phantom footsteps, doors slamming shut on their own accord, an eerie scraping sound coming from the walls, spooky cackling laughter and feeling a strange vibration through the floor!
Another ghost seen quietly watching actresses getting ready for the stage is of a young well-to-do girl.
This ghostly girl is said to be the spirit of Emily Fogath.
She was the twelve year old daughter of the original theatre manager who sadly died of bronchitis.
Witnesses describe her as wearing Victorian style clothing of a deep blue velvet dress, a frilly petticoat and patent leather boots.
She said to have her hair in ringlets and has a calming influence on the nervous actresses!
Witnesses in the stage or auditorium areas have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman seated in the grand circle.
Some people who’ve been standing on the stage have reported hearing mysteriously movements behind them or have been pushed in the back by someone or something unseen!
In the 1990s a ghostly figure of a man who just simply vanished into thin air was spotted on the fly floor.
And in 2014 a ghostly man in grey was spotted in the wings!
The Wastewater Treatment Works, Hastings
It was reported in the press that members of staff at the wastewater treatment works were so terrified by the paranormal activity they’d encountered at the site that they refused to go down into the underground tunnels to do their work!
The spooked workers reported that an eerie figure would follow them around the tunnels.
They also reported seeing shadowy figures and orbs as well as hearing whispering voices.
One worker saw out of the corner of his eye a ghostly figure walk into his room.
Whilst another worker reported seeing the heavy doors to the control room open on their own accord.
Things got so bad that a local parapsychologist and medium was called in to check the site out.
There was something paranormal taking place within the treatment works!
The Brunswick, Hove
Local legend says that a couple once moved into The Brunswick as its new managers and discovered its cellar was full of old junk.
Amongst the junk the woman found an old certificate for a poetry competition.
It was awarded to a George Bennett.
As the woman was looking at the poetry certificate the temperature in the room suddenly dropped and she witnessed a ghostly apparition of a man appear then disappear in front of her!
Later, an elderly male customer told her that The Brunswick was rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a former poet.
And that if anybody moves his poetry certificate then all hell breaks loose!
Spooked members of staff at The Brunswick have reported hearing eerie knocking sounds in the pub as well as seeing the lights switch on and off by their own accord.
Late one night, one of the barmen witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man with grey hair within the pub.
He described him as wearing a grey pullover and blue trousers.
Apparently the ghostly man just walked straight through a wall and disappeared from sight!
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