Haunted: The Augustine Steward House, Norwich, Norfolk
Stewart | On 30, Jun 2017
The Haunting of the Augustine Steward House
In the middle of the Tombland area of Norwich you’ll find a house which was built by Augustine Steward in 1549.
In 1578 the house was overrun by the plague.
And it was thought that everybody in the house had perished.
So the bailiffs came and sealed up the premises.
It was standard procedure to lock up plague buildings from the outside, never venturing within and then paint red crosses on the outside as a warning to others to stay away.
This was done by the bailiffs with the Augustine Steward House.
Weeks later the bailiff returned with the pitmen to clear the house of the plagued bodies.
They notice that many of the bodies had bite marks on the limbs as though somebody had been trying to eat the flesh!
Then they discovered the body of one of the young daughters of the house but strangely she showed no sign of plague…
It looked like she had died by choking to death on a piece of meat.
But it soon dawned on them what horror had taken place.
The daughter must have been locked in when the bailiff sealed up the house.
And, close to starvation, she was forced to eat the flesh from her dead relative’s plague-ridden bodies only to choke to death in the process!
It’s now said the Augustine Steward House is haunted by the young girl.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by many witnesses either in the house, in the next-door Samson and Hercules House or in the Tombland Alleyway.
She’s said to be wearing ragged grey clothes so her apparition is now referred to as the Lady in Grey!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press