3 Haunted Pubs in Norfolk
Stewart | On 19, Mar 2017
The Bell Inn, Thetford
About a five-minute walk from Thetford Priory, going into the town, there’s an old 15th century inn called the Bell Inn…
Yep, you guess right, it’s allegedly haunted!
Now, you probably wouldn’t be too surprised if I told you that one of the ghosts seen on many occasions is that of a phantom hooded monk… being so close to the priory and what not!
The apparition of a hooded monk is often seen in the main suite bedroom of the pub.
But, this ghostly hooded figure is not the only apparition to be witness in this old inn…
A former landlady of the Bell, called Elizabeth Radcliffe or Betty as the locals like to call her, is said to haunt the inn.
She’s believed to have been viciously murdered by her lover in 1750. It’s said that she now appears to startled guests in either Room 10 or 12 as a younger teenage version of herself.
But nobody really knows why she appears as a teenage girl!
She may also be the paranormal source of the unexplainable smell of perfume, the sudden appearance of icy breath, the sound of phantom footsteps and the feeling of being watched that many visitors to the pub have reported to the landlord.
Other spooky apparitions which have been witnessed in the Bell Inn include a contented looking dog lying peacefully in front of what would have been the old original fireplace in the bar and a pair of old-fashioned suede boots hanging through the pub’s ceiling!
The White Hart, Kings Lynn
At one end of St James Street in Kings Lynn you’ll find the White Hart.
The present day White Hart is said to date back to the 17th century.
The building is said to be haunted by ghostly monk who’s thought to originally be from the King’s Lynn Minster which is just across the street to the pub.
It’s said, that the Minster and the White Hart where once connected by a tunnel which has since been bricked up!
The Kings Arms, Swaffham
One of the oldest buildings in Swaffham with a few ghostly tales to tell is the Kings Arms pub.
This old coaching inn dates back to 1608.
It was once used as a brothel where all sorts of horrendous crimes took place including murder.
It’s now said that the pub is haunted by the ghosts of former working girls and a nasty male spirit!
Phantom footsteps running along the pub’s hallways and doors slamming on their own accord are often heard by terrified witnesses within the building.
Ghostly indentations on the beds, as though an invisible person is sitting there, have been seen on many occasions in the guest’s bedrooms.
Members of staff and guests alike have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a man sat next to the fireplace watching them.
Some say he’s the ghost of a former owner of the pub!
Spooked members of staff are often reporting that something unknown has pushed or prodded them as they go about their daily work.
And terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a lady standing in the ballroom.
Some say she’s the ghost of a lady who sadly committed suicide by hanging herself!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Arnos Manor Hotel
Along the Bath Road in Bristol you’ll find the Arnos Manor Hotel.
The hotel was first built as a private home for the business merchant William Reeve in 1760.
It was once a girl’s school which was run by nuns and it’s the ghost of one of these nuns that is said to haunt the hotel today.
Local legend says that a nun had committed suicide because she fell pregnant.
To hide the scandal, the other nuns bricked up her body behind a wall at the hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
The workmen who were sent in to repair the bomb damage area of the hotel uncovered a female skeleton.
Apparently, to avoid delay, the workmen just buried the bones elsewhere within the building!
Since then, poltergeist activity has taken place throughout the hotel.
Terrified guests have also witnessed a ghostly brown figure within the hotel especially within Room 160.
Guests have heard a female voice calling their name and have felt a figure pinning them down whilst they’ve slept in Room 160.