3 Haunted Houses in Norfolk
Stewart | On 02, Jul 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 Exorcist’s House, King’s Lynn
Next to St Nicholas Church in Chapel Lane you’ll find a rather quaint looking white house…
It’s called the Exorcist’s House!
The house dates back to 1635 and gets its name because the former house it replaced was used by a Catholic priest whose position in the church was of an Exorcist.
The house is said to be haunted by a former occupant.
Two young girls who once lived in the property were scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a man within the building.
Curat House, Norwich
Back in the 1100s, White Lion Street was a Jewish area with a synagogue half way along it.
In charge of the synagogue was Rabbi Issacs who was married to, by all accounts, a rather unpleasant domineering woman.
Well, one day his wife just simply disappeared from the face of the earth.
There were lots of rumours flying around the Jewish community that the Rabbi had actually killed his wife but nothing was ever proven.
In 1144, Norwich’s Jewish community were forced out of the city by angry locals who blamed them for the murder of a young boy called William.
And, all of their properties were reduced to rubble including the synagogue.
In 1501 a house called Curat House was built on the site of the old synagogue…
In the 1980s building work was taking place on Curat House and the cellars which belonged to the old synagogue.
During this building work an ancient coffin was uncovered in the cellar which contained the skeleton of a woman.
Many said that the skeleton was that of Rabbi Issacs wife!
Now, after the discovery, paranormal activity started to take place within the building.
But the funny thing was that it wasn’t caused by the spirit of the murdered wife…
In fact, many terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of Rabbi Issacs himself wandering around the building causing mischief!
The Augustine Steward House, Norwich
In the middle of the Tombland area of Norwich you’ll find a house which was built by Augustine Steward in 1549.
In 1578 the house was overrun by the plague.
And it was thought that everybody in the house had perished.
So the bailiffs came and sealed up the premises.
It was standard procedure to lock up plague buildings from the outside, never venturing within and then paint red crosses on the outside as a warning to others to stay away.
This was done by the bailiffs with the Augustine Steward House.
Weeks later the bailiff returned with the pitmen to clear the house of the plagued bodies.
They notice that many of the bodies had bite marks on the limbs as though somebody had been trying to eat the flesh!
Then they discovered the body of one of the young daughters of the house but strangely she showed no sign of plague…
It looked like she had died by choking to death on a piece of meat.
But it soon dawned on them what horror had taken place.
The daughter must have been locked in when the bailiff sealed up the house.
And, close to starvation, she was forced to eat the flesh from her dead relative’s plague-ridden bodies only to choke to death in the process!
It’s now said the Augustine Steward House is haunted by the young girl.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by many witnesses either in the house, in the next-door Samson and Hercules House or in the Tombland Alleyway.
She’s said to be wearing ragged grey clothes so her apparition is now referred to as the Lady in Grey!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press