The Grey Lady Ghosts of Suffolk
Stewart | On 08, Sep 2017
The Grey Lady of Bury St Edmunds
The most infamous ghost to haunt Bury St Edmunds is the notorious Grey Lady.
Her ghostly apparition has been witnessed in many different places within the town!
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!
In the 1930s, the park keepers at the Abbey Garden would often witness her apparition near a First World War tank which was being exhibited in the gardens at the time.
St Mary’s churchyard, especially the tree-lined avenue leading through it, is another place said to be haunted by the Grey Lady.
She was spotted twice here in 1862.
In the 1930s and 40s the houses built into the West Front of the Abbey were also said to be haunted by the Grey Lady.
In 1961, a shop owner from Abbeygate Street witnessed a ghostly apparition of a lady wearing an 18th century grey chiffon dress walking across her showroom and vanishing through her shop’s wall.
The Grey Lady is also said to haunt Cupola House in the Traverse…
It’s the cellars of the Cupola House and the corner of the bar which she is said to haunt.
In 2000, a bar man at Cupola House was scared witless when he witnessed a Victorian lady dressed in white on the stairs.
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
She was there for just a few minutes before disappearing into thin air!
As does the Fornham Road!
The ruins of St Saviour’s Hospital, the Victorian houses and the Tesco supermarket along Fornham Road are all said to be haunted by the Grey Lady.
There’s also a local story which says witnesses have seen the Grey Lady leaping over the old Priory wall at the end of Fornham Road!
The Grey Lady of Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
Situated in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park is the splendid Christchurch Mansion.
Today, this Grade I listed Tudor mansion is a museum which is well known for its collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings.
Downstairs in the mansion, shocked witnesses have seen an apparition of a grey lady in a full length gown swishing pass them!
The Grey Lady of Ancient House, Ipswich
Along the Buttermarket thoroughfare on the corner of St Stephen’s Lane is a magnificent 15th century building called Ancient House…
It’s also known as Sparrowes House as it was in the ownership of the Sparrowes family for well over 300 years.
The Grade I listed building is said to be haunted by a ghost of a Grey Lady!
Pete Jennings (2011) Haunted Ipswich. The History Press
Alan Murdie (2013) Haunted Bury St Edmunds. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!