3 Haunted Places in Sudbury
Stewart | On 28, Jun 2017
The Mill Hotel, Sudbury
Along Walnut Tree Lane in Sudbury there’s an old water mill which has now been converted into a rather nice hotel.
It’s believed that a mill has stood on this site on the river for at least a thousand years.
The older parts of the present day Mill Hotel are believed to date back to the early 19th century.
And it’s probably from this century in which the mill ghost comes from…
A ghostly apparition of a lady has been witnessed in the older parts of the Mill Hotel.
It’s believed that the ghost is that of a lady who once tragically drowned beneath the water wheel of the mill.
It’s said that the ghost has spooked the hotel’s members of staff once too often that they now don’t like to be alone in the older parts of the mill!
You’ll find that the mill ghost isn’t the only eerie thing about the hotel…
You see, displayed beneath the floor of the Mill Hotel is the rather disturbing mummified remains of a cat!
In days gone by, cats were often bricked up in building to bring good luck.
And the water mill in Sudbury wasn’t spared from this tradition when it was built.
In 1971, when the water mill was converted into the Mill Hotel the remains of a mummified cat were discovered bricked up in the building.
The remains of the cat was removed from the building and strangely sold to a nearby shop…
That shop burnt down and the hotel had a run of bad luck shortly after the cat was removed from the building!
Today, you’ll be happy to know, the mummified moggy has been returned to the mill and all is peaceful again at the hotel.
St Gregory’s Church, Sudbury
Back in the late 1300s one of the Sudbury’s citizens, the Archbishop of Canterbury Simon Sudbury, came a cropper at the Tower of London.
You see, at the time the Archbishop wasn’t too popular with the masses due to his involvement in the introduction of the poll tax.
During the Peasants Revolt in June 1381 a group of rebellious peasants from Kent and Essex forced their way into the Tower of London and came across the much hated Archbishop.
They dragged him to Tower Hill where rough justice was quickly meted out… THEY CUT HIS HEAD OFF!
After his murder, his headless body was buried at Canterbury Cathedral with pomp and ceremony but his decapitated head was taken to the St Gregory’s Church in Sudbury.
And you know what…
His gruesome decapitated head is kept inside the church to this very day!
So with all this past violence, you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that the ghostly apparition of Archbishop Simon has been witnessed within St. Gregory’s Church.
Unexplained phantom footsteps have also been heard in the dead of night at the medieval church…
Locals say that they belong to Simon!
Brundon Hall, Brundon
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!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press