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9 Haunted Places in West Sussex

9 Haunted Places in West Sussex

| On 25, Apr 2017

 

 


Arundel Castle, Arundel

The most well-known ghost at the castle is that of a former kitchen boy.

Spooked witnesses have reported hearing the phantom sounds of somebody cleaning pots and pans in the kitchen.

Many believe these phantom noises are created by the kitchen boy ghost going about his daily work!

The library at the castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a cavalier from the English Civil War period.

Witnesses who’ve seen his apparition say that he seems to be looking through the library books!

Nobody knows exactly who the cavalier ghost is or why he haunts the library.

The Hiorne Tower is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young lady.

Legend says that she committed suicide by jumping from the top of the tower after a love affair went bad.

Over the years many shocked witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly suicide re-enacted from the top of the tower.

The final ghost at the castle is of the feathered kind…

You see, in the past a phantom white bird has been seen flapping against one of the castle’s windows.

The ghost bird is an unwelcomed sight as it’s said to be an omen of a death in the household, normally the head of the family!

 
The Norfolk Arms, Arundel

The Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel

A stone’s throw away from Arundel Castle along the High Street you’ll find the Norfolk Arms Hotel.

The 1780 hotel is a fine example of a Georgian coaching inn with many unique original features.

The hotel is said to be haunted by a playful ghost who’s been blamed for turning electrical items on and off and for pushing items off the work surfaces in the kitchen.

Bemused witnesses have reported seeing the apparition of a semi-naked man running around the hotel!

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St Nicholas Church, Arundel

The St Nicholas Church, Arundel

In 1940 a visitor to the church took a photo of its altar.

When the photograph was developed it showed a ghostly apparition of a priest kneeling at the altar.

But was the ghostly figure actually a priest?

An old church warden of St Nicholas Church once reported that he’d witnessed a ghostly apparition of a woman kneeling and praying at the same altar.

He described the ghostly woman as being dressed in blue and having long white hair!

Another woman ghost said to haunt the church is that of a ghostly nun.

Her phantom footsteps have been heard in the church’s bell tower and her apparition has been seen there too!

 
The Angel Hotel, Petworth

The Angel Hotel, Petworth

The Angel Hotel is located in the middle of the attractive market town of Petworth.

The structure of the Grade II listed hotel dates back to medieval times but the rest of the hotel is 18th century.

The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old lady who saw her friend slip and fall down the hotel’s stairs.

Sadly she later died from the shock of seeing the tragic event and is now said to haunt the hotel!

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Bramber Castle

Bramber Castle, Bramber

Situated in the village of Bramber you’ll find the remains of the Norman motte-and-bailey Bramber Castle.

The castle dates back to 1070 when it was first built by William De Braose.

He built the castle on a natural mound overlooking the River Adur together with a Norman church.

Bramber Castle remained the family home of the de Braose family until 1326.

After that date, the history of the castle is a bit sketchy.

It’s known that during the English Civil War in 1642 some minor skirmishes took place at the castle.

 

 

Today, all that’s left of Bramber Castle is the remains of the Gatehouse tower, a section of the curtain wall and a small church opposite it.

Legend says that William De Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber had upset King John I.

As a reprisal, it’s said that the children of William De Braose were captured, imprisoned at Windsor Castle and starved to death!

The ghosts of those poor children are said to haunt the ruins of Bramber Castle to this very day.

Witnesses have seen their ghostly apparitions dressed in rags and begging for food in the castle’s grounds!

 
The White Horse, Storrington

The White Horse, Storrington

You’ll find the White Horse in the square of the picturesque village of Storrington.

The White Horse Hotel is well over four hundred years old and was once a traditional coaching inn.

One of the hotel’s bedrooms has a reputation for being haunted…

Spooked guests have reported hearing phantom footsteps and being tapped on their shoulder by something unknown!

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Weald and Downland Open Air Museum of Historic Buildings

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum of Historic Buildings, Singleton

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum of Historic Buildings is situated on the edge of the village of Singleton.

It’s an amazing place… it’s like a rescue centre for ancient houses!

The museum covers fifty acres and houses fifty buildings.

A lot of the buildings are over four hundred years old and have been rescued from all over the south of England.

The buildings were marked for demolition but were dismantled, relocated and rebuilt at the museum.

It’s said that some of these buildings have brought their ghosts from the past with them and now the museum site is very haunted!

So much so, that in 2010 the team from the paranormal TV show Most Haunted investigated it for two nights…

Dark shadowy figures have been seen by witnesses around one of the museum’s buildings which was at one time a medieval shop.

It’s situated at the end of a street of building which is said to be very haunted.

The medieval hall house from North Cray is said to be haunted by the tall scary ghost of a former resident.

Another of Weald and Downland properties said to be haunted by a former resident is that of a Tudor house from Walderton.

Terrified members of staff have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a lady in a long gown going from house to house.

A dark ghostly figure has been seen standing in the doorway of the medieval thatched cottage located in the woods of Weald and Downland.

The hall house from Midhurst is said to be the most haunted building at the museum.

Poltergeist activity, a dark shadowy figure and phantom footsteps have all been reported by witnesses in the house.

 

The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere

Spooked visitors to the museum have reported hearing the phantom screams of distressed women whilst walking around the exhibits.

Some people believe the phantom screams are from the ghosts of women of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who tragically died when their air raid shelter took a direct hit during a bombing raid in the Second World War.

Other visitors to the museum have commented on the sudden temperature drops and the spooky feeling whilst in the Battle of Britain Hall.

In 1984 a spooked witness reported seeing three ghostly men at the museum.

They were described as wearing RAF uniforms from the Second World War era.

Members of staff have noticed that museum objects are mysteriously moved about the place.

And on one occasion a frightened staff member reported seeing a ghostly face peering out of the window of one of the vintage aircrafts.

During bad weather, witnesses have reported hearing a phantom aircraft circling overhead.

This phenomenon is believed to be a ghostly re-enactment of a stricken aircraft that was shot down during an air battle in the Second World War.

 

The Racton Ruin, Racton

Local legend says that the lanes leading up to the ruin are haunted by the ghostly apparition of a young woman.

Nobody knows the true identity of the ghostly woman but she’s described as being in her mid-twenties.

Spooked visitors to the ruin have reported bricks being thrown at them from the top of the tower, hearing weird ghostly noises, seeing a ghostly face in one of the tower’s window and being physically pushed or grabbed by something invisible!

 
Bibliography
David Scanlan (2013) Paranormal Sussex. Amberley

 

 


LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!

The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.

Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.

And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.

It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!

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