Haunted: Bungay Castle, Bungay, Suffolk
Stewart | On 23, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Bungay Castle
The original Norman castle was first built by Roger Bigod of Norfolk in the 1100s.
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!
His son, the powerful Earl Hugh Bigod built a large square Norman keep on the site in 1165.
But it was besieged and destroyed in the Revolt of 1173–1174.
In 1294, the castle was restored by Roger Bigod the 5th Earl of Norfolk who built the impressive twin towers you see today at the castle site.
After his death the castle was placed in the hands of the Crown but soon fell into disrepair.
Today, the castle is owned by the Bungay Castle Trust.
With such a strong link to the Bigod family you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle remains are said to be haunted by Hugh Bigod.
It’s said that his apparition sometimes takes the form of a black dog!
The legendary Black Shuck is also said to roam around the ruins of the castle.
Whether the apparition of the black dog witnessed at the castle ruins is that of the spirit of Hugh Bigod or the Black Shuck itself I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
One thing for certain… the locals avoid the castle ruins at night like the plague!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. 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!