Haunted: The Old Hall, East Bergholt, Suffolk
Stewart | On 24, Jun 2017
The Haunting of Old Hall
Just along from the Church of St Mary the Virgin on Rectory Hill in East Bergholt you’ll find an old 16th century manor house called Old Hall.
Old Hall has had an interesting history…
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!
It’s been a manor house, convent, army barracks and friary.
And today it’s a commune called the Old Hall Community!
During the Second World War Old Hall was commandeered by the army to house troops.
At this time there were reports that the rooms which housed the Sergeant’s Mess was haunted.
Every night at ten to eleven there would be a severe temperature drop and the door leading into the Mess would unlatch and open on its own accord.
Soldiers would wait by the door at the time it would normally open to see whether anybody was playing a prank on them…
No culprit was ever discovered!
On one occasion the door was removed from it hinges.
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
But the severe temperature drop still occurred at ten to eleven.
When the door was rehung, it reverted back to opening on its own accord again at the usual time.
Things came to a head one night when a young soldier who was on his own in the haunted Mess room noticed the door opening on its own accord…
This time a misty figure entered and approached him.
He felt cold icy hands touch his face.
And naturally he screamed out in fear which resulted in the ghostly figure disappearing.
The next day the shock from his ghostly encounter had turned his dark hair snow white!
After this scary paranormal experience all of the haunted rooms were ordered to be sealed off…
But this was not the end to the ghostly goings-on.
Terrified soldiers still reported seeing ghostly apparitions walking along the hallways of the Old Hall!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press
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!