Haunted: Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk
Stewart | On 24, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Framlingham Castle
There’s been a castle at Framlingham since 1148.
The original castle was a Norman construction but this was totally destroyed by Henry II after the revolt of 1173-74.
Soon afterwards, the powerful Earl of Norfolk Roger Bigod built a replacement castle on the original castle site.
During the First Baron’s War in 1215, King John took the castle from Roger Bigod without a fight.
The castle was then later returned to the Bigod family but was passed onto the Crown after the death of the 5th Earl in 1306.
During the 15th and 16th centuries the castle was owned by the powerful Mowbray and Howard families.
In 1636, the castle was given to Pembroke College who built a poorhouse within the site.
They later gave the castle to the Commissioner of Works in 1913.
Today, the scheduled monument and a Grade I listed castle is owned by English Heritage.
I’m glad to report that English Heritage has opened the castle to the paying public.
Now with such a long history, it probably won’t be too much of a surprise to you that the castle is rumoured to be haunted…
Phantom footsteps, spooky screams and ghostly apparitions of faces have been reported by terrified members of staff and visitors alike in the old rooms of the castle.
In 2013, shocked visitors to the castle reported hearing the eerie sounds of phantom children playing in the castle’s empty courtyard!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press