Haunted: Bungay Castle, Bungay, Suffolk
Stewart | On 23, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Bungay Castle
In the middle of Bungay there are the remains of the 12th century Bungay Castle.
The original Norman castle was first built by Roger Bigod of Norfolk in the 1100s.
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