Haunted: The Bell Inn, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex
Stewart | On 15, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of the Bell Inn
Along the Thorpe-le-Soken High Street there’s an impressive listed pub called The Bell…
Yep, you’ve guessed it… its haunted!
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!
The Bell was originally a Guild Hall and a much larger structure but today that building has now been split into a pub and an adjacent cottage.
Now the ghost who is said to haunt The Bell is an interesting one…
She’s believed to be a beautiful bigamist called Kitty Canham!
Back in the mid 1700s, Kitty was married to Alexander Gough who was the vicar of St Michael’s Church.
One day Kitty disappeared and it later came to light that she had left and married a wealthy businessman called Lord Dalmeny.
Technically, she was still a vicar’s wife and married to Alexander Gough!
Kitty and Lord Dalmeny ended up living in Italy but in 1752 she became terminally ill.
Kitty last wish was to be buried in Thorpe-le-Soken…
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’s now buried in the parish churchyard and it’s said that both her husbands attended the funeral!
It’s said that many of the paranormal activity which happens in the Bell today are due to Kitty.
In 1972, a guest staying in Room 6 of the pub awoke to find the room’s heavy wardrobe had been moved and the spare bed looked like it had been slept in.
In fact, many people have reported feeling a presence watching them whilst they are in Room 6.
Her ghost has been seen walking through doors and many minor spooky pranks which occur in the pub are blamed on her.
In 1999, a fire swept through the pub destroying most of the building and attached cottage.
The strange thing is… the painting of Kitty that hung on the pub’s wall was totally undamaged by the fire!
Carmel King (2009) Haunted Essex. The History Press
Jason Day (2011) Paranormal Essex. 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!