3 Haunted Halls in Suffolk
Stewart | On 09, Sep 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!
Roos Hall, Beccles
Roos Hall is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house about half a mile from the centre of Beccles.
And it’s said to be up there amongst some of the most haunted houses in England!
The spooky Tudor hall is rumoured to be haunted by a phantom coach and horses.
It’s said to clatter down the hall’s driveway and stop outside the main doors on Christmas Eve.
What’s more, the ghostly horses are said to be headless!
Some say that the coach contains the ghost of a member of the Blennerhassett family who once owned the hall.
Maybe it’s the beautiful woman which local legend says sometimes appears next to the phantom coach.
The legend says if you look at her straight in the eyes you’ll either die or go completely mad!
You know, there’s another local legend associated with the old Tudor hall which involves the Devil.
You see, there’s a bedroom cupboard in one of the rooms in the hall which has a burn mark in the cupboard’s brickwork.
Legend says it’s the imprint of the Devil’s hoof which he’s branded into the solid brickwork!
Keeping with the Devil…
There’s an old twisted and gnarled oak tree which stands in the grounds of Roos Hall, just near the Bungay Road.
This tree is known as Nelson’s Tree in honour to the admiral.
But the tree has been rumoured to have a dark past.
It’s said that it was once used as a place to hang the local wrongdoers which many believe has resulted in it being haunted by the victim’s souls.
Local legend also says that if you walk around the old oak six times… the devil will be summoned!
That’s not all…
Terrified witnesses have also seen the ghostly apparition of a lady in white standing by the old oak tree in the dead of the night.
There’s also another apparition seen near the hanging tree.
It’s of a man wearing an old brown jacket and torn trousers.
He’s said to be the ghost of a man who was hung for stealing only to be found innocent after his execution!
Now, there’s an old tale about one of the hall’s windows…
Apparently, it can never be kept close!
In the past, the window has been locked and even firmly shut with the aid of wrought ironwork…
But, mysteriously it’s always found wide open the next day!
Brundon Hall, Sudbury
Just north of Sudbury near the Brundon water mill you’re find the Grade II* listed Brundon Hall.
The 18th century Brundon Hall has an amazing ghost story associated with it.
Back in 1785 it was reported that a ghostly apparition of a lady in blue satin was witnessed by two young lads stamping three times on a blue slab on the floor near the Hall’s great staircase before she vanishing through a nearby doorway.
At a later date new owners of the hall were renovating the building when they came across an underground vault concealed by the blue slab the ghostly apparition had stamped on.
What they discovered disturbed them…
The underground vault contained a couple of skeletons guarding a large stash of gold coins.
One of the skeletons wore a gold bracelet whilst the other had gold spurs near its feet.
There was also a goblet containing what some believed was dried blood.
But more shockingly…
In a recess in the vault’s wall a collection of children skulls and bones were discovered!
Thornham Hall, Thornham Magna
There’s a ghostly tale which began in the early part of the 19th century concerning a girl who once worked for Lord Henniker as a maid…
Apparently, she fell in love with the son of Lord Henniker and they decided to get married.
Lord Henniker got wind of the affair and he wasn’t too please.
You see, being just a domestic maid she wasn’t good daughter-in-law material!
He wanted to put a stop to any idea of married…
He knew that after finishing work at Thornham Hall, she would walk home through a large wood near the property.
It’s said that Lord Henniker instructed his game keeper to lay in wait for the poor girl in the nearby woods.
As she walked by, he was told to set his hunting dogs on her.
The dogs were let loose and they viciously attacked her leaving her for dead in the undergrowth!
The girl’s distraught parents found her lifeless body in the woods the next day.
Today, there’s a road which goes straight through the old wood where the girl was murdered…
Whilst walking along this road at night many terrified witnesses have heard the eerie sound of phantom hunting dogs barking.
They then often witness a misty shape come out of the woods and cross the road in front of them before vanishing into thin air.
This ghostly apparition has become known as the Pink Lady…
It’s said to be the spirit of the terrified young maid trying to escape from the hunting dogs!
There’s another ghostly tale associated with Thornham Hall…
The spooky sounds of a phantom coach and horses are often heard travelling along the hall’s gravel driveway.
It’s said that the ghostly coach and horses are never seen, just heard!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press