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!
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.
She was there for just a few minutes before disappearing into thin air!
The buildings which were once the old Suffolk Hotel also had a reputation of being haunted by the Grey Lady.
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