Haunted: Great Livermere, Suffolk
Stewart | On 24, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Great Livermere
But thanks to the local artist and author Beryl Dyson, Great Livermere may have a shot for the title…
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!
In her book, Great Livermere a Parish with Ghosts, she covers over fourteen ghostly tales associated with the village!
Beryl herself has had some ghostly encounters within the village too.
She was born in the village and as a child she recalls the time when she saw an apparition of a small man with a shaven head wearing jester like clothes grinning like mad at her whilst standing near the rectory gates!
Close to where Beryl saw the small man, a frightened local also reported seeing the apparitions of two men in old fashioned white smocks sitting on the bench.
They proceeded to get up and walk towards the church where they disappeared into thin air!
The sound of a phantom car travelling through the park gates near Livermere Rectory at all times of the day and night has been reported by irritated locals.
In 1999 and 2000, the residents of a cottage reported hearing phantom footsteps and eerie voices within their home.
The owner’s young son got the shock of his life when he actually saw a ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady within the property!
Dog walkers from the village have been scared witless after seeing a ghostly figure of a woman walking next to the churchyard wall in the early hours of the morning.
Locals have also witnessed the apparitions of a young boy riding a bike and a man on an old fashioned penny-farthing style bike cycling through the village.
Great Livermere’s local roads have had their fair share of paranormal activity too.
An apparition of a monk has been seen by terrified witnesses walking along the Bury to Great Barton Road.
And, the apparition of a ghostly black dog has been seen running along the local lanes.
The black dog isn’t the only ghostly animal to be seen by the locals in the village.
An apparition of two horses ploughing a nearby field has also been reported!
These are just some of the paranormal events which Beryl covers in her book about Great Livermere…
I don’t know what it’s about this village but you must admit it seems to be quite a haunted place.
Whether it’s the most haunted village in England or not, I’ll let you make your mind up on that one!
Beryl Rosalind Dyson (2001) Great Livermere a Parish with Ghosts.
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!