3 Haunted Churches in Suffolk
Stewart | On 28, Jun 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
The Holy Trinity Church, Barsham
The round tower of the Holy Trinity Church in Barsham is not the only unusual feature of this pretty Suffolk church.
It also has a thatched nave and stunning 16th century flint lattice work on the exterior of the East wall!
Spooked visitors to the church have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking in the chancel.
Locals believe the spooky footsteps are made by the spirits of the Suckling family who’ve been a big part of the Barsham community for centuries.
A ghostly apparition of a Georgian lady has also been seen by scared witnesses within the church.
Maybe she’s the one responsible for the church’s lights being switched on and off on their own accord!
The churchyard of the Holy Trinity is said to be haunted too.
Terrified witnesses have spotted ghostly apparitions of people dressed in medieval costumes wandering around the church grounds.
Locals believe that these apparitions have something to do with the nearby plague pit!
The nearby Grade I listed rectory is also rumoured to be haunted.
You see, the late 16th century building has a secret priest hole in one of its rooms where phantom footsteps and spook lights have been reported by frightened witnesses.
In other parts of the house, objects have been noted to mysteriously move on their own accord!
St Mary’s Church, Martlesham
In 2006, a man parked up near to St Mary’s Church just outside Martlesham in the early hours of the morning.
To his surprise, he witnessed an apparition in the field next to the church of an old fashioned policeman writing something down in his notebook.
Apparently, he glowed before disappearing into thin air!
St Gregory’s Church, Sudbury
You see, at the time the Archbishop wasn’t too popular with the masses due to his involvement in the introduction of the poll tax.
They dragged him to Tower Hill where rough justice was quickly meted out… THEY CUT HIS HEAD OFF!
After his murder, his headless body was buried at Canterbury Cathedral with pomp and ceremony but his decapitated head was taken to the St Gregory’s Church in Sudbury.
And you know what…
His gruesome decapitated head is kept inside the church to this very day!
So with all this past violence, you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that the ghostly apparition of Archbishop Simon has been witnessed within St. Gregory’s Church.
Unexplained phantom footsteps have also been heard in the dead of night at the medieval church…
Locals say that they belong to Simon!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press