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100+ Haunted Places in East Sussex (Updated 2017)

| On 22, Apr 2017

 

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The Bow Street Runner, Hove

Whenever the pub changes ownership paranormal activity seems to increase within it.

Many believe that the paranormal activity is down to a female ghost.

Local legend says that on one night in the 1860s a prostitute and her pimp were arrested and locked up for the night on the charge of being drunk and disorderly.

Somehow the prostitute died.

And now her ghost is said to haunt The Bow Street Runner!

Frightened members of staff have seen her ghostly apparition walk through the rear wall of the pub into the bar.

This wall is where the police cells once stood!

Witnesses describe the ghostly woman as wearing a Victorian white dress.

Her ghost has also been seen sitting in the bar area by both customers and members of staff alike.

An eerie knocking noise has also been heard coming from the back wall of the pub.

Glasses have been known to suddenly shatter or fall off shelves, beer bottle tops have mysteriously been removed from the bottle, beer bottles have been flung across the bar area by something unseen and a metal curtain rail suddenly fell off the wall one day.

Members of staff have also reported to have been touched by somebody unseen.

One member of staff who was living at the pub had her hair dryer switched off whilst she was using it and then felt a cold hand touch her on the back of her neck!

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The Lamb Inn, Eastbourne

The collapsed tunnel which connects the Lamb Inn’s cellar to the parsonage is said to be haunted by a White Lady ghost.

Spooked members of staff have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a tall man in the pub.

They describe him as being in his early forties and having blonde curly hair.

An apparition of another man is sometimes seen in the back bar sitting in a chair.

And the eerie sounds of a little girl crying has been heard coming from the laundry room!

The Lamb Inn is also said to be haunted by the ghosts of two prostitutes who once lived and worked at the inn when it was used as a brothel.

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The Royal Victoria Hotel, St Leonards-on-Sea

A dark shadowy figure of a man has been witnessed by guests in the corner of one of the hotel’s rooms.

The ghostly figure is believed to be the ghost of a wealthy 19th century businessman who discovered his wife was having a fling with a young man called Jimmy Coles.

Jimmy was later found with his throat cut in an alleyway!

Another ghostly apparition of a man is said to haunt the hotel.

The ghostly grey man hasn’t been seen for many years.

It’s believed that he’s the ghost of a former manager who tragically died together with his dog in a fire at the hotel.

His phantom dog has also been seen running up and down the corridors of the Royal Victoria!

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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, Preston

Another place in East Sussex which the Most Haunted Team investigated for Series 6 was Preston Manor.

The manor was at one time located in the ancient Sussex village of Preston which now is part of Brighton.

There’s not too much of the original 13th century manor house left today.

What you see now dates back to 1738 when Thomas Western rebuilt the original house.

Preston Manor is of architectural and historical importance resulting in it being listed as a Grade II* building.

The manor is infamous for its blonde nun ghost who is 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 to 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 had been shamefully excommunicated.

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!

 

Mermaid Inn, Rye

The Grade II* listed Mermaid Inn is located in Mermaid Street in the historical town of Rye.

The original inn dated back to the 12th century but the building you see today is mainly from 1420 and the 16th century.

Between 1730 and 1740 the Mermaid Inn was used by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang who were a ruthless gang of smugglers.

Some of the dead smugglers are said to have never left the place…

Room 3, 7, 14, 15, 16, and 18 are all said to be haunted.

Room 3 is said to be haunted by the wife of the Hawkhurst gang founder George Gray.

Room 7 is said to be haunted by a man in old-fashioned clothes.

Room 14 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a white lady.

Room 15 is said to be haunted by another lady in white.

Room 16 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man.

Room 18 is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two duelling men.

And last but by no means least…

The ghost of a maid who was said to be the murdered girlfriend of one of the Hawkhurst Gang has been reported by terrified witnesses throughout the inn!

 

The A23

Witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly male figure on the A23 between the village of Pyecombe and Handcross Hill.

In the 1960s a driver heading along the A23 near Handcross Hill reported that a man stepped out in front of his car.

He didn’t have time to react and hit the man.

The driver stopped and went back to the collision sight but couldn’t find anybody injured in the area.

He checked his own car to see what damage was done to it but couldn’t find any.

Did he run over a ghost?

Other ghosts seen along the A23 include an apparition of a man wearing a short sleeve shirt, a ghostly blonde woman in a mackintosh and a ghost of a young girl who’s been seen crossing the A23 near the village of Pyecombe.

 

Bateman’s, Burwash

Along Bateman’s Lane just to the south-west of the East Sussex village of Burwash you’ll find Bateman’s.

Bateman’s is a 17th century house which the famous author Rudyard Kipling lived in from 1902 to his death in 1936.

The Grade I listed Jacobean Wealden sandstone mansion dates back to 1634 when it was first built for a local ironmaster called John Brittan.

Today the house is owned by the National Trust.

They’ve left the rooms in the house as though the Kipling family still live there…

In fact some people say they still do, in ghost form!

Some visitors to Bateman’s report that it has an eerie atmosphere to it…

Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of Kipling himself standing by his desk in his study.

The ghost of his wife Caroline has also been witnessed tending flowers outside Kipling’s study window!

 

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.

 

Beachy Head, Eastbourne

Beachy Head is well-known for its Black Monk ghost which is said to stand at the bottom of the cliff encouraging people to jump.

Local legend says that during King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 a local monk was shackled and thrown to his death by the King’s men at Beachy Head.

And now his ghost is said to be that of the Black Monk!

Another ghostly apparition often seen on the cliff edge is that of a Victorian woman.

Shocked witnesses say she walks along the cliff edge with a baby in her arms and then falls to her death.

Apparently she’s the ghost of a local farmer’s wife whose husband was brutally murdered!

Another ghostly woman known as the Grey Lady, due to the old fashioned grey dress she wears, has also been seen walking towards the cliff edge.

Witnesses say that once she reaches it she throw herself off to her certain death on the rocks below!

 

Bexhill Police Station, Bexhill

Witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a man at the police station.

They describe him as being dressed in clothing from the Edwardian period.

Nobody knows for sure who the ghostly Edwardian man is or why he haunts such a modern day building!

 

Brede Place, Brede

Brede Place is said to be haunted by a friendly ghost of a monk called Father John.

Father John is believed to be the spirit of one of the friars who first built the original manor house.

During the Second World War Canadian troops who were billeted at Brede Place reported having their clothes hidden and furniture being moved about by a ghostly monk!

Brede Place is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a 16th century house maid called Martha.

Apparently she was hanged near to the house for stealing.

Another ghostly woman is said to haunt the house.

Witnesses describe her as wearing Elizabethan dress.

The sound of phantom footsteps walking around the house are said to be produced by the ghost of the 16th century Sir Goddard Oxenbridge… aka, the Brede Giant!

The final ghost that’s said to haunt Brede Place is that of a headless man.

Some people believe that many of Brede Place’s ghosts were made up by the smugglers who inhabited the house in the 18th century.

Apparently, they did this to keep people away from the property and to hide their illicit trade.

 

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

The Devonshire Park Theatre is said to be haunted by a very lifelike ghost of a violin player.

His said to be so lifelike that witnesses only realise he’s a ghost when he disappears into thin air right in front of them!

Witnesses describe his ghostly apparition as being dressed in black tails, white shirt, bow tie and carrying a violin.

Another ghost at the Devonshire Park Theatre came to light when a paranormal investigator investigating the theatre’s phantom violin player took some photos inside the building and was shock to discover an image of a ghostly Victorian lady in one of them!

 

Gladwish Wood, Burwash

Terrified witnesses walking in the wood have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of man wandering around it.

They describe him as wearing ragged clothing from the 19th century and clutching at his neck.

Many believe the phantom figure is the ghost of David Leaney.

Local legend states that one night David Leaney went on a poaching trip into Gladwish Wood with his friend Benjamin Russell.

Tragically, Benjamin dropped down dead whilst on the trip and a local doctor was called to investigate why.

The doctor reported that he’d been poisoned by arsenic.

And both David Leaney and Benjamin’s wife were arrested for his murder as it was believed they were having an affair and wanted to get rid of Benjamin.

Benjamin’s wife was locked up and David was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to death.

David insisted that he was innocent but was hanged for the murder of Benjamin Russell anyway.

Before his execution David said he would come back and haunt those responsible for his early death.

After a second post mortem of Benjamin Russell’s body it was discovered that he’d in fact died of a heart attack!

Mrs Russell was released from prison but it was sadly all too late for poor old David Leaney.

It’s now said his ghost haunts Gladwish Wood!

 

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!

 

HM Prison Lewes, Lewes

Both inmates and prison officers alike have witnessed a ghostly woman walking the corridors of the prison.

Witnesses describe her as wearing a Victorian style dress.

But nobody knows who she exactly is or why she is haunting the prison!

 

The King and Queen, Brighton

Spooked members of staff at the King and Queen have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking along the pub’s hallway.

One member of staff even reported seeing a ghostly apparition in the pub’s kitchen!

Recently paranormal teams have investigated the pub so hopefully the cause of the paranormal activity at the King and Queen will come to light.

 

Meeting House Lane, Brighton

During a bombing raid by the Luftwaffe in the Second World War a female fire warden was on duty along Meeting House Lane.

She got the shock of her life when she suddenly witnessed a ghostly apparition walk down the lane and disappeared into the Quaker Meeting House via an old bricked-up doorway!

At first the fire warden thought the spirit was a real person and called out to her but she got no reply.

She described the ghostly apparition as wearing a grey hooded garment.

This ghost has now become known as the Grey Nun!

The Grey Nun ghost is said to be the spirit of a nun from medieval times who eloped with a local soldier but they were both later caught.

The soldier was executed and the nun was bricked-up and left to die behind a wall along Meeting House Lane.

Some people believe that the Grey Nun ghost is actually the ghost of a local Quaker as it was customary for Quakers to wear grey up until the 20th century.

Some witnesses have also reported seeing the Grey Nun in other parts of The Lanes!

 

Ye Olde Mint House, Pevensey

Local legend says that in 1586 a dreadful murder took place at Ye Olde Mint House.

A London merchant called Thomas Dight rented the house with his mistress.

One day he came back unexpectedly and found her in bed with another man.

Consumed by rage and jealousy he bound his mistress up, cut out her tongue and forced her to watch her lover be roasted to death over an open fire.

After the lover had died, Thomas took the bound woman upstairs where he left her to die in a upper room.

He later came back and buried her body somewhere near to the building.

It’s now said that the ghost of this poor woman haunts Ye Olde Mint House.

One witness who stayed the night at the house reported that he was woken up by a ghostly woman at the window.

She then proceeded to pass through the window and stood at the end of the couch where the witness had fallen to sleep.

She then returned to the window and vanished through it!

The witness described the ghostly woman as being young in appearance and wearing an Elizabethan style costume with a tight fitting bodice, a stiff head-dress and a small ruff around her neck.

 

Nan Tuck’s Lane, Buxted

Many spooked drivers have reported seeing a ghostly figure of a woman in dark grey gliding along Nan Tuck’s Lane whilst they’ve driven down it in the middle of the night.

Now there’re a few different variations of the story of how Nan Tuck died.

But the general gist of the story is that in the 17th century Nan Tuck was pursued out of Buxted by angry villagers baying for her blood.

Some stories say the villagers thought she was a witch, others say that she poisoned her husband and others say that she was a young girl with mental health problems.

With villagers chasing her she ran to the parish church for sanctuary but was turned away by the priest.

She then ran down a lane which is now named after her and then entered some woodland which is now called Tuck’s Wood.

Some tales say she committed suicide and was found the next day hanging from a tree whilst other tales say she entered the woods never to be seen again.

But apparently her body was buried in 1661 at Buxted’s St Margaret the Queen Church.

So this puts some doubts on the story of the villagers thinking she was a witch and of her committing suicide because they wouldn’t have buried a witch or a suicide victim in the consecrated ground of a church.

So, did in fact the villagers of Buxted chase Nan into the local woods where they caught up with her and then hung her from a tree?

And is this why her ghost is now said to haunt Nan Tuck’s Lane and parts of Tuck’s Wood!

 

The Old Police Cells Museum, Brighton

Spooked members of staff at the Old Police Cells Museum have reported some strange things happening within the building.

Objects would mysteriously move on their own accord.

The most notably object to move is the blanket in Cell One which covers a mannequin of a prison lying in a bed.

Ghostly shadows and phantom footsteps have also been reported by spooked witnesses at the museum.

The ghostly apparitions of a hag-like figure in a flowing dress, monks and a gentleman in a top hat and a long dark coat have all been seen in the basement.

The ghostly monks are believed to be the spirits of monks who were killed by the French in 1514.

And the gentleman in the top hat is believed to the ghost of Chief Constable Henry Solomon who was murdered by John Lawrence in 1844.

He was questioning John Lawrence in his office about a crime he’d committed when suddenly John picked up an iron poker from the fire and struck the Chief Constable about the head.

Henry died from the attack and John Lawrence was later hung for his murder!

 

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst

The sounds of smashing crockery and the doors banging shut on their own accord have woken up the residents of Pashley Manor in the middle of the night.

At one stage in history the house was owned by the Boleyn family.

It’s believed that as a child Anne Boleyn stayed at Pashley Manor.

And this is why it’s now rumoured to be haunted by her ghost.

Witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly figure at the front of the house.

They describe the top half of the figure as having a solid form whilst the bottom half dissolves into a mist!

Spooked witnesses have also reported seeing a pair of ghostly hands jutting out from the bannisters at the top of the staircase.

 

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.

 

Pevensey Court House Museum and Gaol, Pevensey

Recently a local paranormal group has investigated the Pevensey Court House Museum and Gaol.

And they’ve come to the conclusion that the building is haunted by at least three ghosts!

A small boy of six or seven years of age called William, a young girl of the same age called Ellie May and a former jailer.

The ghost of the former jailer is said to patrol the court house.

Witnesses visiting the court house have said that when his spirit is present they can smell the odour of rum and feel him breathing down their necks.

The eerie sound of a rope creaking, the smell of rope burning and the weight scale moving on its own accord are just some of the strange paranormal activity which the paranormal group reported to had taken place within the building.

 

The Queen’s Head Inn, Icklesham

The ghost of John Gutsell who was the landlord of the Queen’s Head in the early 1900s is said to haunt the pub today.

Spooked witnesses who’ve seen his ghostly apparition describe him as wearing a shirt and waistcoat whilst sitting in a chair.

The other ghost said to haunt the pub is of an old man who’s been seen by witnesses sitting by the fireplace.

The witnesses describe him as looking like a farm worker or shepherd as he wears an old-fashioned pull-down hat and has an unlit pipe in his mouth!

 

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 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!

 

St Mary’s Church, Westham

The church is said to be haunted by the ghost of a local smuggler who knocks on the door to ensure the coast is clear of Excise men so he can move his illegal goods.

The vicar has been inside the church when the load knocking has occurred on the door.

When he open the door he found nobody there!

Visitors to St Mary’s have also seen the ghostly apparition of an old man who in the afternoons walks from the church door down the path to the church gate.

They describe him as being dressed in a grey jacket and trousers and carrying a walking stick.

This is why he’s called the Grey Man of Westham Churchyard.

Apparently, the ghostly old man is very life-like!

 

The Seven Stars Inn, Robertsbridge

The infamous ghost that’s said to haunt the Seven Stars Inn is that of the Red Monk.

His ghostly apparition was last witnessed at the pub in 1972.

Members of staff at the pub have reported seeing objects suddenly fly off the kitchen shelves on their own accord.

In one week, the gas taps on the barrels in the cellar were turned off three times all by themselves!

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing ghostly shadows and hearing phantom footsteps and doors rattling.

The televisions in the building had a habit of suddenly switching themselves on.

And bed sheets have had jagged holes cut into them!

Poltergeist activity has also been reported to take place within the pub.

A lot of the paranormal activity happens within an upstairs room of the Seven Stars Inn.

A former owner once witnessed the drawers of a Victorian dressing table rapidly opening and closing on their own accord.

And a former guest reported that he would have to constantly shut a window in his bedroom which would have the habit of opening all by itself!

 

Wingrove House, Alfriston

One day an angry guest complained to the Wingrove’s management that they’ve double-book his room.

You see, when he went to his room he found someone already in it.

When the management went to investigate they found nobody there!

Spooked members of staff reported that on numerous occasion glasses would fly off the shelves in the bar by their own accord and smash on the floor.

A former caretaker of the building reported that he used to hear phantom footsteps walking around the building at night!

 

Ye Olde Smugglers Inne, Alfriston

There’s a passageway which runs between the inn and the two adjacent cottages.

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a woman along this passageway.

She’s been described as wearing old fashioned clothes.

In 1994 another ghostly woman was witnessed in the pub by the owner.

She was seen by the foot of the stairs and this ghostly woman was wearing modern clothing!

Guests sitting in the beer garden have reported seeing a ghostly face peering out at them from a window on the second floor of the pub.

Customers drinking in the bar area of the pub have also reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of an old man together with a woman.

They describe the old man as having a walking stick and wearing a flat cap!

 

Eastbourne Pier, Eastbourne

Just before Christmas in 1983 a workman who was working into the early hours of the morning in the bar witnessed a ghostly apparition approach him.

He described the apparition as being tall and wearing a black cape with a trilby hat.

Night-watchmen would hate patrolling the pub at the end of the arcade because they would often hear strange banging noises and see doors opening on their own accord.

It all became too much for the night-watchmen when they became the target of something invisible which would throw pots, pans and dinner plates at them.

After that they refused to enter the pub!

Over the years spooked members of staff have reported equipment mysteriously being turned off, lights turning themselves on and off and the fire alarm suddenly going off for no apparent reason.

On one occasion a member of staff witnessed a ghostly apparition walk through the premises of the fast food restaurant.

The pier’s nightclub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier from the Second World War period and a lady dressed in black.

The ghost of a little boy has also been witnessed in the cellar of the nightclub sitting on a beer barrel!

 

The Wastewater Treatment Works, Eastbourne

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.

His conclusion…

There was something paranormal taking place within the treatment works!

 

Enterprise Shopping Centre, Eastbourne

The spooked owners reported that they witnessed on many occasions two ghostly figures appear in their bistro doorway.

They described the ghostly apparitions as being a Victorian engine driver and a small boy carrying a coal shuttle.

Both ghostly figures had sweaty sooty faces as though they’ve been working on a steam engine!

 

Cuckmere Inn, Exceat Bridge

You’ll find the Cuckmere Inn next to the Exceat Bridge in East Sussex.

The pub was once called the Golden Galleon.

And many years ago former owners reported that the pub was haunted…

This ghost hasn’t made an appearance for a while now but former owners who’d lived on the premises reported that it haunted the bar areas of the building.

They believed the ghost was the restless spirit of a man who was acting as a look out one night for the local smugglers.

The revenue men caught him in the act and murdered him in cold blood!

 

The Royal Oak and Castle, Pevensey

In the mid-1960s the new residents of the pub decorated some of its old disused rooms.

As a result paranormal activity started to take place in the upstairs lounge.

People would often hear phantom footsteps outside the lounge door and were certain that somebody was there.

Also some of the people felt distressed whilst in the room.

Witnesses would often report smelling the scent of perfume in the room.

The room was once the bedroom of a former landlady of the pub.

And it’s believed that it was her ghost that was responsible for the paranormal activity.

One young resident of the pub reported feeling a sudden heavy weight on his legs one night whilst he was sleeping in another one of the pub’s rooms.

Another person reported feeling somebody pulling at his duvet cover in the middle of the very first night he slept in the same room!

Customers have reported witnessing a shadow crossing the main bar.

And a member of staff now refuses to go down in the cellar alone after having a spooky experience down there where she felt she wasn’t alone.

 

The Royal Sovereign, Eastbourne

Customers and members of staff alike have witnessed a shadowy figure on the ground floor of the Royal Sovereign pub.

They describe the male ghostly apparition as wearing a big tall hat.

He’s been nicknamed Harry.

And is believed to be the ghost of a former policeman who once worked at the police station!

The pub’s cleaner’s little boy would often be heard chatting away with Harry.

And one of the pub’s regulars saw his shadowy figure walk across the bar area.

Glasses have flung off the shelves on their own accord.

And customers have been push and poked by someone unseen!

 

The Smugglers Inn, Pevensey

The Smugglers Inn is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Grey Lady.

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition passing through the pub’s walls!

A former landlord of the pub reported that he once locked the Smugglers Inn up for the night when suddenly he heard a loud bang on the door he’d just locked.

He checked the door and to his utter surprise he found that it had been unbolted!

Heavy phantom footsteps, objects going missing and lights turning themselves on and off are just some of the other paranormal activities reported at the Smugglers Inn.

It’s said that a couple of hundred years ago a girl tragically hung herself in the end room on the top floor of the pub.

Some believe that it may be her ghost doing some of the hauntings at the Smugglers Inn.

At the rear of the pub there stands a garage which in the early 1900s was used as a fire station.

Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of an old-fashioned fireman standing outside the garage!

 

The Star Inn, Alfriston

There are two ghosts which are said to haunt the Star Inn.

One of the ghosts is said to wear clothing from the medieval era whilst the other is said to wear Victorian clothing.

The medieval ghost is said to wear a court costume.

And the Victorian ghost is said to be wearing an outfit that a farmer of the period would wear.

The ghostly Victorian farmer has been seen sitting under the wall clock in the lounge.

A former landlord of the Star Inn reported that he woke up one night to see the Victorian farmer walk across his bedroom, stop at the bedroom wall and the walk back again.

He described him as being in his sixties and wearing a floppy hat, pleated smock and leggings held up with string!

Terrified guests staying at the Star Inn have been locked in their rooms by something or someone unknown.

Phantom footsteps, strange moans, temperature fluctuations, glasses and bottles falling off shelves on their own accord and members of staff being pushed by someone unseen are just some of the strange events to have taken place within the pub.

 

The Tally Ho, Eastbourne

The Tally Ho pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a chatty little girl.

Witnesses have described the little girl as being about ten years old.

And although not often seen she is often heard chatting away to staff members.

On the times that her ghostly apparition has been seen she’s been witnessed sitting in the corners of rooms, wandering along corridors and on one occassion in the bar area!

There’s also an old picture of a middle-aged couple in one of the front rooms of the pub that whenever its moved or turned around the very next day it has mysteriously been put back to its original position.

 

The Tiger Inn, East Dean

The Tiger Inn is said to be haunted by a White Lady ghost.

It’s said that her ghostly apparition has been making an appearance at the property since the Great Plague!

Spooked members of staff have reported seeing pictures suddenly fall from the wall as well as hearing the upstairs doors and windows slamming shut on their own accord.

During the Napoleonic times the three cottages adjacent to the Tiger Inn were used as a hospital.

And it’s believed that the White Lady is a spirit of a nurse who once worked in the hospital!

 

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Willingdon

One day a member of staff at the Wheatsheaf Inn got the shock of their life when they noticed two old ladies sitting at the corner of the bar having a good old chat…

As they approached them to ask them what they would like to drink, they disappeared into thin air!

They aren’t the only elderly apparitions to have been seen at the pub.

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghost of an old man in a flat cap walking around the downstairs bar.

One member of staff has also reported hearing spooky knocking sounds and eerie whispering whilst alone in the pub.

 

Ye Olde Bakery, Eastbourne

Ye Olde Bakery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a witch.

Witnesses who’ve seen her ghostly apparition say that she’s dressed in black.

The current owners of the property don’t think she all that bad as they say she doesn’t cause that much disruption.

Just the occasional slamming of doors or switching electrical items on!

She’s actually believed to be the spirit of an old lady who once sold lobsters from outside the front door.

 

Clergy House, Alfriston

In the 1990s, members of staff at the house would report smelling the distinct odour of cigar smoke when they opened up in the mornings.

This was unusual as there’s a strict no smoking policy within the building!

Spooked staff members also heard phantom footsteps walking on the floor above them after the building had been closed to the public for the night.

Books falling off shelves on their own accord and objects mysteriously going missing and then reappearing are just some of the paranormal activity to have taken place at the house.

The receptionist got the shock of his life one day when he witnessed the ghostly apparition of an old fashioned customs man.

He described him as wearing a black cloak, long boots and carrying a sword.

Apparently the apparition was very life-like until he disappeared straight through a pillar!

The same receptionist also witnessed sailing through the mist of the nearby Cuckmere River a phantom smuggler’s barge.

He could even hear a dog barking and people’s voices coming from the phantom vessel!

 

The Rectory, Polegate

The spooked owners of the old rectory have reported paranormal activity taking place within its four walls.

They’ve seen the front doors shake violently on their own accord for no apparent reason.

And have heard phantom footsteps walking in the area around their piano!

 

The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Spooked members of staff at the old Towner Art Gallery location would report hearing phantom footsteps walking above them when they visited the cellars.

Weirdly, they also reported that the cellars who have a strong smell of horses!

One witness once saw a ghostly apparition of a woman in the Long Gallery.

The ghostly woman is believed to be that spirit of a former housekeeper.

 

The Eastbourne Redoubt, Eastbourne

Eastbourne Redoubt is said to be haunted by the ghost of a headless horse!

The phantom horse is said to be the spirit of a cavalry horse which was killed during the famous Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War.

The horse belonged to a soldier of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars who were once stationed at the Eastbourne Redoubt.

Visitors to the Redoubt have remarked that Casement 11 and the Cells have an eerie cold feeling to them.

In fact a ghostly figure has been seen to walk through cell’s walls!

Terrified witnesses have also seen the ghostly apparitions of a woman wearing a period white dress and man who’s been seen crouching down on the gun platform.

 

The Gables, Pevensey

The house was once owned by a Major Vidler.

His wife had mental health issues and shockingly he locked her up in the attic until she died!

The next owners reported that they would often hear furniture being moved about in the attic until they shouted to stop it when it would then cease.

Years later, parts of the house were let out to a family who had a young daughter.

One day the young daughter announced the house was haunted.

And that she would see a ghostly woman exiting her wardrobe and walk about her bedroom.

Upon investigated her wardrobe, the owners found that there was a hidden bricked-up doorway behind it!

During the Second World War injured soldiers were treated at the Gables.

And now witnesses have reported hearing the phantom cries of men in pain!

It’s said that a man once tragically committed suicide at the house by hanging himself from a beam in one of the bedrooms.

A former occupant reported that they would hear the eerie sounds of a rope creaking under strain in their bedroom!

 

The Crumbles, Eastbourne

On 19th August 1920 a seventeen year old typist from London called Irene Munro who was holidaying at The Crumbles was murdered by Jack Alfred Field and William Thomas Gray.

They buried her body in the shingle of the beach but it was later found by a thirteen year old boy who was picnicking with his mum!

In December 1920 Field and Gray were tried at Lewes assizes and convicted of Irene Munro’s murder.

They were later hanged for the crime at Wandsworth Prison in London.

Terrified witnesses have reported hearing the phantom screams of a woman in distress together with male voices and seeing Irene’s ghost in the area of where she was murdered!

 

Twyn House, Seaford

The family who live at Twyn house have reported seeing dark shadows that have been seen standing over and watching certain members of the family.

These shadowy figures have been seen moving along the corridor and disappearing through walls.

The young son of the family had to move to another bedroom after witnessing a ghostly figure in his bedroom.

A shadowy figure has also been seen hanging from a beam in the main bedroom.

Ornaments have been thrown across rooms and smashed on the floor by an unseen force.

And eerie knocking and banging sounds have been heard!

The family’s pet dogs don’t like entering the main bedroom or the bar area of the house.

A local paranormal investigation team were called in and they discovered that the most active rooms were the main bedroom on the top floor and the bar area on the ground floor.

During their investigation they captured light anomalies and orbs on camera and contacted spirits via an Ouija board.

 

Corsica Hall, Seaford

One May day in 1772 Lord Napier’s nine year old son was being tutored by Lord Napier’s domestic chaplain and private tutor Reverend Lowden.

The boy spotted a pistol which had been left in the study and picked it up pointing it at his tutor jokingly saying ‘Shall I shoot you?’

Neither the boy nor his tutor thought the gun was loaded so Reverend Lowden encouraged the boy to shoot him.

The boy pulled the trigger and shot the Reverend dead!

Lord Napier died in 1773 and the family moved out of Corsica Hall.

But at that time the hall couldn’t attract a tenant because many believed it to be haunted by the ghost of Reverend Lowden.

Today it’s not the ghost of Reverend Lowden that’s said to haunt the hall but the ghost of the guilt ridden little boy.

In the days when Corsica Hall was used as a college many spooked students reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a little boy wandering around the place even though the hall had been moved and rebuilt since the tragic shooting involving the boy happened!

 

Cavendish Lodge, Eastbourne

In 1977 two builders working on the conversion of Cavendish Lodge into holiday flats independently witnessed a dark ghostly figure within the building.

Thinking their work colleague would take the micky out of them they never told each other what they’ve witnessed.

Then one day when they were both by the front door they saw the ghostly figure heading along the corridor.

The builders went in different directions to try and head off the ghostly figure only to find it had disappeared into thin air!

They later discovered that other tradesmen had also seen the ghost in the building.

The builders felt the ghostly figure was a friendly sort and weren’t scared of him.

In the end, they actually nicknamed him Charlie and would say hello and goodbye to him when they turned up in the mornings and left in the evenings!

One witness got a good look at the ghostly apparition and described him as being a short man wearing a black cowl which he had up over his head.

 

Birling Manor, East Dean

Birling Manor is said to be haunted by a White Lady ghost.

Spooked witnesses describe her as weeping and wearing the outfit of a Victorian chambermaid.

Her sad ghostly apparition has been seen crying by the manor’s front door looking down the driveway as though she has lost something.

Legend says that she fell in love with a local smuggler called Parson Darby who was banished from the village.

The banishment of Parson broke her heart.

And now her ghost stands at the front door of Birling Manor looking for her beau!

 

Tuckvar House, Alfriston

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of an old man in the area near the house where stables once stood.

They describe him as having pure white hair and wearing a leather apron.

Many believe that he’s the ghost of a groom who once worked for a former owner of the house who was a doctor.

Another ghost said to haunt Tuckvar House is that of a former governess.

She’s been described as having grey hair and being very tall.

Apparently she used to scare witless a little girl of the house by trying to tuck her up in bed at night.

She eventually stopped after her parents ask her to leave!

Her ghost has also been seen on the stairwell and in the larder.

Other ghosts witnessed in the house are that of a wispy female figure who’s been seen in the attic.

And a phantom cat!

 

Brighton Rocks (The Battle of Waterloo), Brighton

The pub was said to be haunted by a ghostly figure that was often seen standing by the men’s toilets or standing by the front door of the pub.

Witnesses describe the ghostly figure as wearing a cloak.

The ghostly figure is believed to be the spirit of a former chauffeur of the local mayor.

He was brutally murdered by a highwayman shortly after he left the pub one day.

Poltergeist activity has been reported to take place within the pub…

Secure pictures suddenly drop off walls, glasses have been thrown across the bar by an unseen force, cupboard doors have suddenly flung themselves open and heavy filing cabinets have fallen over by themselves!

 

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!

 

The Bugle Inn, Brighton

The Bugle Inn is said to be haunted by a poltergeist.

The members of staff at the pub feel that he’s harmless.

So much so that they’ve nicknamed him Charlie!

Charlie’s been blamed for moving furniture around, turning the lights on and off and messing with the pub’s locks!

 

The Cricketers, Brighton

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing The Lanes Grey Nun ghost hovering outside the pub.

In the early 1900s the manager of the pub witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man he identified as Roslyn D’Onston Stephenson.

Roslyn D’Onston Stephenson was a Brighton writer and journalist who would often visit The Cricketers.

He was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders as there was evidence that he was in the area when the first victim Mary Ann Nichols was murdered!

The ghostly apparition of a pale looking man dressed in a long black overcoat and wearing a wide brimmed black hat has been seen ascending the pub’s stairs.

The sound of beer barrels being rolled about and phantom footsteps on the staircase have also been reported by spooked members of staff.

Doors slamming shut on their own accord, beer taps being mysteriously turned off, glasses suddenly falling of shelves and beer bottles being thrown through the air are just some of the weird events to have happened within the pub.

One manager reported that on one night when he was closing up, he blew out all the table candles only to find a few minutes later that they’d all been mysteriously relit!

A few years ago a young woman customer came screaming out of the ladies toilets.

She had felt two cold hands grab at her face and stroke her forehead.

It’s said that about a century ago a woman sadly committed suicide in the area of the ladies toilets!

 

The Druids Head, Brighton

The ancient pub is said to be haunted by many ghosts…

The ghost of King George IV is said to haunt the tunnel which connects the pub’s old cellars with the nearby Royal Pavilion.

A ghost of an 18th century smuggler who was shot and killed by custom’s officer in the cellar as he tried to escape via the tunnel is said to haunt the pub.

A ghost of a woman in a red dress has been witnessed by spooked members of staff.

She appears near the bar and looks like she wants to be served but when they approach her she gives them a quick glance then disappears into thin air.

The ghosts of two children wearing clothing from the Victorian era have been seen in the pub.

A ghost of a middle-aged man dressed in worker’s clothes has been seen from time to time too.

And a ghost of a hooded monk has also been witnessed at The Druids Head!

In the 1950s the landlord of The Druids Head reported that one night he heard strange noises in the bar.

When he came down in the morning he found bottles scattered all over the floor.

Members of staff have reported seeing mirrors in the pub suddenly mist over for no apparent reason, bottles and glasses being flung through the air by something unseen and the lights turning themselves on and off.

 

Doctor Brightons, Brighton

It’s said that in the 19th century the pub’s cellar was used by a back-street abortionist for his operations.

Local legend says a desperate mother brought her young son with her when she was undergoing an operation with the abortionist.

The child was left alone in the cellar and tragically fell hitting his head on a beer barrel which resulted in his death.

The pub’s cellar is now said to be haunted by the ghost of that poor boy!

A window cleaner once reported that he kept finding a small child’s handprint on a certain window in the pub where children weren’t allowed.

A spooked member of staff reported being tapped on the shoulder by something unseen in the toilets one day.

And visitors to the pub have also reported seeing a ghostly figure of a man in the toilet’s mirror.

They’ve also heard eerie knocking and tapping noises within the pub!

One of the pub’s cleaners reported that she was in a room one day with her friend when suddenly the floor started to vibrate, the mirror cracked and objects on the table fell over.

Then they both saw a ghostly apparition of an old man appear in the armchair in the corner of the room!

 

The Fisherman’s Rest, Brighton

The landlords noticed mysterious sudden temperature drops occurred regularly within the Fisherman’s Rest.

After one such temperature drop they decided to check out the CCTV footage.

And were surprise to discover weird shapes had appeared on the footage at the same time the temperature had dropped!

 

The Foundry, Brighton

In the late 1970s the landlord of the pub reported that his cellar was haunted by a spirit.

The landlady described it as a tall dark shadow which didn’t like to be seen!

The landlord got really spooked one night when he was alone down in the cellar and witnessed the dark shadow moving around the room.

Although the landlord and landlady didn’t enjoy the company of the dark shadow whilst they were down in the cellar, they never felt it to be hostile and it never ventured out of the cellar into the rest of the pub.

 

Hangleton Manor Inn, Hangleton

Local legend says a young girl came to work at the manor as a serving maid but was seduced by the Lord of the Manor resulting in her becoming pregnant.

When the baby was born the Lord of the Manor killed the poor child by throwing it out of the attic window.

The ghost of the serving maid is now said to haunt the building.

Witnesses have reported seeing her outreached phantom hands floating in mid-air throughout the inn.

In the 1970s a spooked member of staff reported hearing a weird tapping noise coming from behind the building’s wooden panelling,

The building is said to be actually haunted by two female ghosts, one is normally just sensed whilst the other has been known to gently push people out of the room.

In 1995 a visitor to the manor reported that she felt a strong tap on her shoulder, thinking it was her boyfriend she turned around but was shocked to discover nobody there.

A ghostly apparition of a man wearing spurs has also been seen at the manor.

Local legend says that the dovecote was once cursed by an angry monk and is now haunted by ghost pigeons!

 

Hove Place, Hove

A former owner of Hove Place reported that he’s witnessed ghostly apparitions of nuns in the pub’s courtyard garden.

He said that the ghostly nuns were completely passive and seemed unaware of modern day life as they went about their business!

 

The Prestonville Arms, Brighton

The Prestonville Arms is alleged to be haunted by a silent ghost that loves to move heavy boxes and crates around the pub’s cellar in the middle of the night!

 

The Prince Arthur, Brighton

Although they never saw the ghost at The Prince Arthur the former owners of the pub reported that a lot of paranormal activity took place there!

The owners reported hearing eerie noises and phantom footsteps within the pub as well as noticing objects being mysteriously moved about.

One of the owners would feel something invisible waft pass him whilst he was working alone in the kitchen.

The owners didn’t like to be alone in the cellar too long either, again objects would be mysteriously moved down there and they would hear strange noises.

On one occasion one of the landlords heard an eerie mumbling noise coming from the cellar.

When he investigated the cellar he found nobody down there!

The spooked owners also found that orbs were frequently caught on the pub’s CCTV system when they checked out the security footage.

 

The Northern Lights, Brighton

The former owners reported all sorts of paranormal activity happening within the building.

They heard their names being whispered, phantom footsteps on the stairs in the middle of the night and one of the chairs would suddenly creak as though somebody invisible had just sat in it.

Although some members of staff found this activity spooky the former owners felt that the ghost responsible for it was in fact quiet friendly!

 

The Rock Inn, Brighton

Terrified witnesses have reported seeing two ghosts at the Rock Inn.

One of the ghostly apparitions is described as being female and is dressed in clothing from the Regency period.

Whilst the other is said to be male and is described as being an old fashioned revenue man.

Local legend says smugglers killed the revenue man by hanging him in the forty-foot well in the building’s basement.

It now looks like his spirit haunts the property today!

 

The Rottingdean Club, Rottingdean

The great Hollywood actor Cary Grant died in 1986 at the grand old age of eighty-two.

In 1987 it was already being said that his ghost was haunting the Rottingdean Club.

You see, in his life Cary Grant loved the atmosphere of the Rottingdean Club.

The owners of the club reported that they had witnessed Cary Grant’s apparition within the club.

They described his ghost as being lovely and warm and not at all frightening!

 

The Marlborough Pub and Theatre, Brighton

In 1900 the landlord’s wife Lucy Packham was found battered to death at the foot of the pub’s stairs.

Her husband Thomas Packham was put on trial for her murder but was only found guilty of her manslaughter resulting in him serving four years in prison!

The ghost of Lucy Packham is now said to haunt the Marlborough.

Paranormal activity has been reported to have taken place within the pub.

Sudden temperature drops, cold draughts, lights turning themselves on and off, the gas on the beer taps being mysteriously switched off and bottles breaking and falling of their shelves are just some of the paranormal activity reported to have taken place within the Marlborough!

 

The Black Lion Lane, Brighton

Spooked witnesses walking along Black Lion Lane have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a medieval monk drifting along the lane and disappearing through an old arched wall.

Local legend says the medieval monk was bricked up behind the wall for having an affair with a local girl!

 

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Many of the underground tunnels leading from the Pavilion to neighbouring properties are said to be haunted.

One day, members of staff were checking the tunnel which leads to the Dome when suddenly a ghostly apparition appeared before…

The ghostly figure turned out to be that of King George IV!

The phantom George IV has also been witnessed in the tunnel which leads to the cellars of The Druid’s Head pub.

The Keeper of Art at the Royal Pavilion reported that he once saw a ghost of a former servant coming down the hidden stairs which are situated behind the bed in the King’s Apartment.

Another member of staff once witnessed an apparition of a large lady in period a dress checking the place settings on the table in the banqueting hall.

After seeing a picture of one of King George IV’s favourite women, he identified the ghostly woman as being Martha Gunn.

Martha Gunn was a well-known dipper who help women tourist bath in the sea from horse-drawn bathing machines.

Witnesses have also reported hearing phantom footsteps walking around the Pavilion Fine Arts Gallery.

It’s said that the ghost of George IV actually haunts the gallery!

 

The Grange, Rottingdean

The Grange is said to be haunted by the ghost of Edward the Black Prince.

Witnesses have reported seeing his ghostly apparition in the grounds of the house.

The Black Prince is alleged to have stayed at a house which was once located on the site of the Grange in 1355!

 

The Esplanade, Seaford

In 1976 a couple were walking along the esplanade at dusk in the East Sussex seaside town of Seaford when they suddenly saw an old fashioned car veer across the road and plough straight into the sea wall.

To the couple’s amazement the car just simply passed straight through the three foot high sea wall!

The shocked couple ran over to the accident spot but found the phantom car and its driver had totally disappeared into thin air.

It later came to light that many fatal car crashes had occurred at the very same spot where the phantom car crash was witnessed.

And it’s believed that the couple may’ve seen a ghostly re-enactment of one of those tragic car accidents!

 

Newhaven Fort, Newhaven

Spooked visitors to the tunnels have reported being pushed by unseen forces, seeing ghostly shadows and hearing chains clinking.

Strange orbs have also been caught on the fort’s CCTV system.

Some people believe the paranormal activity is caused by the spirit of a woman called Martha who tragically committed suicide at the fort.

The fort’s magazines, laboratory and exhibitions are other areas within the building where visitors have reported ghostly goings-on.

Witnesses have reported hearing eerie moans and phantom footsteps within these areas!

 

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!

 

Clayton Tunnel

Clayton Tunnel North Portal is a unique Grade II listed building.

It was built in 1841 by the Victorian architect David Mocatta to reassure passengers heading into the tunnel.

The structure is a Gothic folly of castellated towers which incorporate a railwayman’s cottage.

The cottage was originally used as a waged office to pay construction workers but later became a residential cottage for railway employees.

Due to the fatal crash of 1861 and another in 1926 the cottage is now said to be haunted by two ghosts.

One ghost is called Charlie and the other is of a White Lady!

The tunnel itself is also said to be haunted.

People have reported hearing the eerie sounds of people screaming and metal crunching against metal coming from the darkness of the tunnel.

The nearby field were the dead bodies from the train crash were laid out is also said to be haunted!

 

St Nicholas Church, Brighton

Spooked witnesses visiting the church have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a white horse galloping around the churchyard.

The strange thing is, construction workers laying cables in the church grounds actually discovered the skeleton of a large horse.

It’s believed that the horse may’ve been a ritual sacrifice in times before the church existed!

On the 7th May every year it’s said that a ghostly apparition of a young woman appears hovering around the church and its churchyard.

Local legend says that a young love-struck woman once climbed the church tower to spot her lover’s ship in the nearby Shoreham Harbour.

To her horror she saw that the ship was on fire.

Tragically she fainted and fell from the tower to her death!

 

All Saints Church, Patcham

There’s a ghost story which says that during one Christmas Evening service in the 1970s the local congregation noticed a very pale sick looking woman sitting in one of the pews.

She looked so ill that one kind person tried to put their coat around her but as they did so she just simply disappeared into thin air!

Spooked members of the church choir have reported seeing a ghostly figure emerge from the south side of the church and then disappear somewhere in the churchyard.

On another occasion two passers-by were shocked to witness the ghosts of two medieval looking women pass through the terracotta tombs on the west side of the churchyard.

In the 1970s a couple of people tried to talk to a woman at the church but were totally surprised to discover that she was actually a ghost as she disappeared into thin air right in front of their eyes.

In 1956 two boys were ghost hunting in the churchyard.

They became terrified when they saw the ghostly apparition of a hooded figure appear and then walk through the churchyard.

The ghosts of Sir Charles Thomas Stanford and Lady Ellen Stanford are also said to haunt All Saints Church!

 

Brighthelm Burial Ground, Brighton

In the 1960s a group of local children were playing in the old burial ground around about dusk when suddenly a ghostly apparition appeared from the gloom.

The ghostly figure glided across the grass and disappeared when it reached an old tombstone on the edge of the garden.

The children described the dark ghostly figure as being hooded!

 

St Helen’s Church, Brighton

In the 1950s some local children believed that if they poured some water onto a grave they would summon a ghost.

Well a group of them got some water and proceeded with the ghostly experiment pouring water on one of the larger older graves in St Helen’s churchyard…

Nothing happen!

Being a little spooked they decided to retreat from the churchyard and keep an eye on the grave from a haystack in a nearby field.

Sitting on top of the haystack one of the children shouted ‘GHOST’ and started to point towards the grave.

That’s when all the children saw a ghostly white figure standing by the grave.

Terrified, the children leapt from the haystack and fled to their homes!

 

Foredown Tower, Portslade

Witnesses have reported hearing eerie noises and phantom footsteps within the Foredown Tower.

In the 1990s a ghostly apparition of a figure in a swirling mist was seen at the tower!

 

The Stag Inn, Hastings

Every year around Christmas time spooked witnesses report seeing a ghostly apparition of an old fashioned ship’s captain.

They describe the ghostly captain as being tall and wearing a regal looking deep purple velvet robe together with a large hat that’s decorating with jewels and a feather.

If anybody approaches the ghostly sea captain he turns and flees through the fireplace.

The fireplace was once the entrance to the secret tunnel!

Local legend says the sea captain was murdered by a smuggling gang called the Chopbacks.

And his ghost has come back to seek revenge of the descendants of the Chopbacks who still live in Hastings’ Old Town today!

 

Lookout Point, Hastings

Spooked witnesses visiting Lookout Point have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of an elderly woman looking out to sea with her hair blowing in the wind.

They describe her as wearing a shawl, long skirt and boots.

Some witnesses also report hearing the sounds of a woman crying.

As they approach the distressed ghostly woman she disappears into thin air.

The elderly ghost is believed to be the spirit of a heartbroken grandmother from a local fishing family whose menfolk were all tragically drowned during a terrible storm in 1701.

It’s said that she haunts Lookout Point because she’s waiting to be reunited with her family!

 

Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a young elegant woman within the theatre.

They describe her as being a tall young woman wearing fine clothing from the early 19th century.

Local legend says the ghostly lady is the spirit of a daughter of a well-to-do Hastings’ family who fell in love with a young British soldier stationed at the building during the Napoleonic Wars.

Sadly the young soldier was sent to battle and was killed in action.

After hearing the tragic news his fiancée committed suicide by throwing herself off the cliffs at Fairlight.

It’s now said that the Pretty Ghost will glide across the stage at the theatre on the opening night of a production if it’s going to be a success!

 

The Lord Nelson, Hastings

In 1812 a young local fisherman called Joseph Swaine was mistaken for a smuggler and shot dead by a customs officer.

Joseph’s ghost is now said to haunt the Lord Nelson pub and the surrounding streets.

Both members of staff and customers alike have reported seeing his ghostly apparition within the pub.

Sometimes they’ve seen his ghost walking through the pub’s back wall!

They describe his ghostly apparition as being a young scruffy looking lad dressed in a fishing tunic and hat.

His apparition is often occupied by a sudden drop in temperature and a strange smell.

 

The Cinque Port Arms, Hastings

In the past whenever there’s been alteration done to the pub the builders have reported paranormal activity taking place.

They reported that their tools would be mysteriously moved or go missing.

And on a couple of occasions they even witnessed puffs of smoke where nobody had been smoking.

The ghostly goings-on are believed to be caused by the ghost of the original architect of the building.

It’s said that he keeps his eye on the building and makes sure no harm comes to its historical architecture!

 

The DeLuxe Leisure Centre, Hastings

Spooked members of staff and visitors alike have reported hearing the phantom sounds of a woman singing within the centre.

The ghostly apparition of a young woman in period dress has been seen walking down George Street and disappearing into the leisure centre.

Both the phantom voice and ghostly woman are said to be the spirit of a young lady who’s stage name was Elaina.

Eliana was from a well-to-do Hastings’ family.

She would love to sing in the evenings at the Marine Palace of Varieties music hall.

Her shamed family found out that she sang at the music hall and forbid her to ever sing there again.

Utterly distraught, Eliana tragically committed suicide in her dressing room by hanging herself!

It’s said that her spirit never left the building and now haunts the DeLuxe Leisure Centre to this very day.

 

The Anchor Inn, Hastings

Spooked witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a tall man wearing a dark suit and top hat in the pub’s back bar.

There was once a portrait of a local judge hanging on a wall in the Anchor Inn.

It’s said that the ghostly man seen in the pub’s back bar looked very much like the judge in the painting!

The back bar is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a much love clockmaker of Hastings who died in 1811.

It’s said that if a broken timepiece is left overnight in the back bar it will be miraculously fix by the morning!

Guests staying in the upstairs rooms of the inn have reported seeing a ghostly female figure leaning over them when they’ve woken in the middle of the night.

They describe her as wearing a big floppy hat.

Strangely, they say that they never felt afraid…

In fact they report feeling calm, reassured and fell quickly back into a peaceful sleep!

The ghostly woman is believed to be the spirit of a former nanny of the house who would watch over the family’s children while they slept.

The Anchor Inn is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who was hanged.

Witnessed who’ve seen his ghostly apparition describe him as wearing high sea boots and a dark blue jersey.

Many believe the ghostly man was a former smuggler!

 

Hastings Castle, Hastings

Over the years the castle has gained a reputation of being associated with black witches who’ve used it as a place to practice their witchcraft.

The dungeon area is said to be the most haunted part of the castle with spooked visitors reporting hearing the phantom sounds of former prisoners crying out in pain!

A ghostly apparition of a nun dressed in a brown hooded cloak has been witnessed on the West Hill below the castle and by what’s now is left of the castle’s south facing wall.

In the 1960s her ghost was photographed by a tourist in the castle’s ruins itself!

Spooked witnesses have also reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a woman carrying a young baby.

When spotted she quickly disappears into thin air.

Local legend says she the ghost of a Victorian lady who tragically killed her child and committed suicide after being deserted by her fisherman lover.

The ghost of Thomas Beckett is also said to haunt the castle grounds as well as another female ghost who’s been seen in the former tilt yard next to the castle.

Her ghost has been described as being dressed in white!

 

Alexandra Park, Hastings

Two ghosts are said to haunt Alexandra Park.

One ghost has been described as being male and wearing knee-length trousers, a jacket, hat and a belt with keys on it whilst carrying a lantern.

The ghostly figure would be seen walking around the park and ending up at one of the cottages near the park entrance.

Many believe he’s the ghost of a former park keeper!

The other Alexandra Park ghost is said to haunt the area around a memorial bench dedicated to him.

He’s believed to be the ghost of a former much loved gardener of the park!

 

All Saints Church, Hastings

Local legend says that the churchyard of All Saints Church is haunted by a ghost of a former priest.

In the early part of the 19th century a young priest was caught red handed burying a sack full of gold coins belonging to local smugglers in the churchyard.

For his crime of helping the smugglers he was hanged on the beach!

Before he was hanged he confessed that only half of the smugglers’ gold coins had been found.

It’s now said that if you’re brave enough to venture into the churchyard after dark, the ghost of the young priest will show you where the gold coins are buried!

 

Waterloo Passage, Hastings

Spooked witnesses walking along the Waterloo Passage have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a little girl.

They describe her as being dressed in ragged clothes and having her hair in braids.

She seems to be happy though as she sings and skips along the passageway!

The little girl is said to be the ghost of a local fisherman’s daughter from bygone times called Molly Hawkins.

It’s said that she fell into the River Bourne and drowned after being chased by local traders she stole some apples from.

 

St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Spooked visitors to St Mary in the Castle have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a male figure.

They describe the figure as wearing work clothes with a peak cap and sitting on the edge of the cliff looking out to sea.

As soon as the ghostly man is spotted he disappears into thin air!

Many believe the ghostly man is the spirit of a former construction worker who was killed during the building of St Mary in the Castle.

 

West Hill, Hastings

Spooked witnesses walking along the top of West Hill cliffs have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a young lady.

They describe her as wearing a period style light coloured dress and carrying a baby.

To their horror, they then witness her running towards the cliff edge and disappearing over it!

Local legend says she’s the ghost of a young woman from a well-to-do family who become pregnant out of wedlock.

To cover up the scandal her family sent her to a convent to have the child intending the baby to then be put up for adoption after she gave birth to it.

But after she gave birth to the child the young mother became very attached to it.

When she saw her father coming to the convent to collect her she panicked and fled.

Eventually she reached West Hill where she tragically decided to jump off its cliff edge with her baby rather than be parted from it.

The young lady died but the baby actually survived the fall.

The woman’s grieving family decided to bring her child up as their own!

 

Hastings Library, Hastings

A shocked witnessed once saw a ball of light ascend the library’s staircase.

As it reached the top it changed into a ghostly apparition of a man.

The witnessed described the ghostly man as being in his mid-thirties, carrying a walking cane and being well-dressed in a coat, suit, gloves and hat.

He had styled dark hair and a twisted moustache.

As the ghostly man reached the top of the stairs he disappeared into thin air!

Some believe that the ghostly man is the spirit of one of the founders of the Brassey Institute.

 

The White Rock Theatre, Hastings

Spooked members of staff and theatregoers alike have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a female figure hurrying around the building.

They describe her as being an old fashioned nurse who looks like she’s carrying someone in her arms.

She wears a long skirt with a white apron and cap.

The White Rock Theatre was actually built on the site of the original East Sussex hospital.

The theatre’s Sussex Room was built on the area which was once the hospital’s mortuary room.

And this is the area where the ghostly nurse is often seen walking through walls!

 

Hastings Pier, Hastings

Over the years people have reported paranormal activity taking place within the pier’s ballroom, the car park and in the old baths.

They’ve reported feeling uneasy, seeing lights flicker and hearing eerie phantom screams!

Many people believe that the paranormal activity is caused by the ghost of a lady called Margaret Felwell.

She was a former patient at the East Sussex Hospital which was once situated on the site of the White Rock Theatre.

Margaret came to Hastings from London hoping that the sea air would cure her illness.

She had lost her baby when she was young and never got over it.

One day she tragically took her own life by jumping into the sea!

 

Gillsmans Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea

In 1813 two smuggling gangs had a pitch battle in the wooded area near the bottom of Gillsmans Hill.

The resident Bulverhythe gang took on a neighbouring gang from Pevensey who were looking to expand into their territory.

It’s said that up to one hundred men took part in the battle.

One of the Pevensey smugglers nicknamed Jimmy the Crab was beheaded during the fight!

The Pevensey gang admitted defeat and retreated back to their own area.

The Bulverhythe gang took Jimmy the Crab’s severed head and placed in on a pole at the entrance of the woods as a warning to others.

His ghost is now said to haunt the area at the bottom of Gillsmans Hill.

Many terrified drivers have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a headless man staggering into the road at the bottom of the hill!

 

The Horse and Groom, St Leonards-on-Sea

A corner in the pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young happy-go-lucky 19th century man called Jimmy Coles who was found with his throat cut in a nearby alleyway.

Just before his murder Jimmy was having an affair with the wife of a wealthy businessman.

And was found out by her husband and warned off!

Drinkers in the pub know when Jimmy’s ghost is sitting in his favourite corner because they can smell the strong odour of old fashioned pipe tobacco.

 

The Bull Inn, Bulverhythe

The back garden of the Bull Inn is said to be haunted by a ghostly monk who it’s believed was once a resident at the nearby abbey.

It’s thought that he would use the underground tunnel which linked the pub and the abbey for clandestine visits!

 

Glyne Gap

On a dark autumn morning in 1993 a local resident of St Leonards-on-Sea was walking to work along Bexhill Road when something caught his eye crossing the fields of Glyne Gap.

He was shocked to see the ghostly apparitions of half a dozen men crossing the field with determined looks on their faces.

He described them as carrying weapons and being dress in some type of old fashioned military uniform with body armour.

The ghostly men of arms marched across the field and then vanished into the early morning mist!

 

Sidley Green, Bexhill-on-Sea

Local residents of Sidley have reported seeing a ghostly re-enactment of the Battle of Sidley Green.

The ghostly re-enactment always happens on a quiet still dark night.

Apparently the ghostly battle is very life-like and gory with many men being fatally wounded.

As quick as the battle appears it also disappears quickly into the dark night!

 

Bexhill Museum, Bexhill-on-Sea

One quiet weekday afternoon a local student visited the museum as she wanted to research Victorian life in Bexhill for a college project.

As she entered the museum it seem very quiet, in fact she believed that she was the only visitor there that afternoon.

Suddenly a man appeared and said…

If you would like to follow me, we will begin the tour!

She was surprised and happy that she was going to get a guided tour.

For the next hour the man took her on a tour of the museum giving her a very in-depth insight of Victorian Bexhill.

At the end of the tour she thanked the guide, shook his hand and went to leave.

As she was leaving she saw another member of staff by the entrance.

She told her how impressed and please she was by the indepth tour that the guide had gave her.

The member of staff looked puzzled…

She told the student that she was the only member of staff working at the museum that afternoon.

And that there were no guided tours taking place that day!

 

St John the Baptist Church, Westfield

Visitors to the churchyard have reported that after feeling that someone was watching them, they’ve turned around to see the ghostly apparitions of two ill looking children.

The ghostly sad looking young girl and boy are thought to be victims of the plague which swept through Westfield in 1348.

Witnesses describe the ghostly children as wearing old fashioned scruffy clothing!

 

Highdown Hill, Worthing

Local legend says that if you run around John Oliver’s tomb twelve times at midnight his ghost will appear and chase you away.

In 1983 two local schoolboys were camping out on the hill and thought it would be a good idea to test out the legend.

They waited until midnight and then ran around the tomb twelve times.

According to the schoolboys nothing happened straight away but as they were walking away from the tomb they heard footsteps following them.

When they turned around they saw the ghost of John Oliver following them.

They described him as being a very old short man with a pale face, moustache and balding hair!

 
Bibliography
David Scanlan (2013) Paranormal Sussex. Amberley
Janet Cameron (2013) Paranormal Brighton and Hove. Amberley
Janet Cameron (2013) Paranormal Eastbourne. Amberley
Wendy Hughes (2010) Haunted Worthing. The History Press