3 Haunted Places in Swaffham
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 George Hotel, Swaffham
Along Station Street in Swaffham you’ll find the Grade II listed George Hotel.
The hotel dates back to the early 18th century.
It’s said to be Swaffham’s most haunted building.
Some people say it’s haunted by up to five ghosts!
The most infamous ghost associated with the hotel is that of the Green Lady.
Both members of staff and terrified guests alike have witnessed her ghostly green apparition on many occasions.
Strangely, she’s often seen holding a pan for some reason!
The other ghosts said to haunt the George are a maid, a night porter, a crying child and the gay ghost.
Many of the hotel’s young male members of staff have reported the feeling of something unknown tugging at their belt or trouser zip…
The phantom culprit is said to be the gay ghost!
Many people at the hotel have reported being tapped on the shoulder or even pushed by an unknown entity.
The most paranormally active rooms in the hotel are said to be the old dry store room and the basement.
The Kings Arms, Swaffham
One of the oldest buildings in Swaffham with a few ghostly tales to tell is the Kings Arms pub.
This old coaching inn dates back to 1608.
It was once used as a brothel where all sorts of horrendous crimes took place including murder.
It’s now said that the pub is haunted by the ghosts of former working girls and a nasty male spirit!
Phantom footsteps running along the pub’s hallways and doors slamming on their own accord are often heard by terrified witnesses within the building.
Ghostly indentations on the beds, as though an invisible person is sitting there, have been seen on many occasions in the guest’s bedrooms.
Members of staff and guests alike have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of a man sat next to the fireplace watching them.
Some say he’s the ghost of a former owner of the pub!
Spooked members of staff are often reporting that something unknown has pushed or prodded them as they go about their daily work.
And terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a lady standing in the ballroom.
Some say she’s the ghost of a lady who sadly committed suicide by hanging herself!
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Swaffham
The Church of St Peter and St Paul has a nice legend associated with it…
Back in the 15th century, a local pedlar called John Chapman dreamt that if he stood on London Bridge he would hear good news.
So he set off for the capital city and when he arrived he waited on London Bridge for three days to hear his good news.
On the fourth day he told a local shopkeeper about his dream.
The shopkeeper then told Chapman about his dream of digging up treasure under a tree which belonged to a pedlar in Swaffham!
John quickly returned home and started to dig under his tree straight away.
To his amazement he discovered some treasure.
And, it’s said that the wealth generated from the treasure he donated to rebuild the church.
If you ever visit the church of St Peter and St Paul in Swaffham, you’ll discover that the front pews have little carvings of John Chapman and his little dog.
Apparently a wealthy merchant in the 15th century called John Chapman did exist.
And it was said he was very generous to the church!
Another more ghostly story associated with the church is that of an apparition of a woman who was witnessed by a young boy wandering around the graves in the churchyard.
He said her ghostly form was walking up and down the graves as though she was looking for a particular gravestone.
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley