Haunted: The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Swaffham, Norfolk
Stewart | On 01, Jul 2017
The Legendary Church of St Peter and St Paul
The Church of St Peter and St Paul has a nice legend associated with it…
Back in the 15th century, a local pedlar called John Chapman dreamt that if he stood on London Bridge he would hear good news.
So he set off for the capital city and when he arrived he waited on London Bridge for three days to hear his good news.
On the fourth day he told a local shopkeeper about his dream.
The shopkeeper then told Chapman about his dream of digging up treasure under a tree which belonged to a pedlar in Swaffham!
John quickly returned home and started to dig under his tree straight away.
To his amazement he discovered some treasure.
And, it’s said that the wealth generated from the treasure he donated to rebuild the church.
If you ever visit the church of St Peter and St Paul in Swaffham, you’ll discover that the front pews have little carvings of John Chapman and his little dog.
Apparently a wealthy merchant in the 15th century called John Chapman did exist.
And it was said he was very generous to the church!
Another more ghostly story associated with the church is that of an apparition of a woman who was witnessed by a young boy wandering around the graves in the churchyard.
He said her ghostly form was walking up and down the graves as though she was looking for a particular gravestone.
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley
THE RED LION HOTEL: One of the Most Haunted Places in Essex!
The Red Lion Hotel is said to be haunted by three ghosts.
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar.
Alice was believed to have been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion who was brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors
The final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy
He's seen by children in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.