Haunted: Icklingham, Suffolk
Stewart | On 24, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Icklingham
To the east of the Grade I listed All Saints Church in Icklingham you’ll find a gap in the hedge.
During the 19th century the locals avoided it like the plague…
You see, they said it was a witch’s path!
It’s was said that this gap in the hedge would never close and after dark shadowy figures would be seen walking through it.
Now the funny thing is…
In 1871 the remains of a Roman cemetery was unexpectedly found at the spot!
Near Icklingham there are a few ancient barrows.
One local legend says that Oliver Cromwell hid a load of treasure in one of the barrows.
Another mound called Deadman’s Grave is said to be haunted by an executed highwayman.
He’s said to haunt the mound because he wasn’t given a Christian burial.
It’s said that a ghostly apparition of a man on horseback has been seen on the mound late at night by terrified witnesses!
Some say that the ghostly horseman isn’t the executed highwayman but the ghost of man who was thrown from his horse and killed at the spot.
The legend of the headless horseman is alive and kicking in the village of Icklingham…
Some locals say it’s the ghosts of an executed highwayman.
Whilst others say it the ghost of the much hated John Cambridge who was the Prior of the wealthy Bury St Edmunds Abbey during the Peasant’s Revolt.
You see, the peasants caught up with him near Icklingham where they quickly beheaded him!
Some residents of the village say that it’s he’s ghostly decapitated apparition on horseback which has been seen by frightened witnesses in the past.
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press