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…
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.
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