Haunted: Potsford Wood, Wickham Market, Suffolk
Stewart | On 26, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Potsford Wood
Just west of Wickham Market along the B1078 is a spooky wooded area called Potsford Wood.
Potsford Wood is infamous in this part of Suffolk for having the remains of a 17th century gibbet within it.
If you visit the wood you’ll find the old gibbet marked with a plaque.
Upon the plaque you’ll find these words…
REMAINS OF POTSFORD GIBBET
IN USE AT THE END OF 17TH CENTURY
LAST KNOWN HANGING APRIL 14TH 1699
So what’s the story behind the last man to be hung at the gibbet?
Well, back in 1690s there was a double murder at the water mill in Letheringham.
The miller, John Bullard and his son were working on their accounts at the mill when their servant Jonah Snell attacked them…
He brutally killed them in cold blood with an axe!
He then hung their blood drenched bodies from a wooden beam within the water mill.
Jonah was arrested shortly afterwards… he still had the bloodied axe in his possession!
Subsequently, he was hanged at Potsford Wood on the 14th April 1699.
His corpse was displayed in an iron-cage gibbet in the wood as a deterrent.
Today, Potsford Wood is said to be a very active place for paranormal activity…
People driving pass the woods often report seeing mysterious lights hovering near the gibbet.
In the 1980s, a desperate lorry driver stopped for a call of nature at the woods.
Curiosity led him to read the gibbet plaque which subsequently led him to get one of the biggest shocks of his life.
He suddenly felt an icy tap on his shoulder, quickly turning around he came face to face with skeletal figure in a dark hooded robe.
As you can imagine, he didn’t stick around too long!
This skeletal ghostly figure is a common apparition seen by terrified witnesses at Potsford Woods.
In 1997, a young couple’s car unfortunately broke down late at night right next to the woods…
Whilst they were checking over their car, they heard an eerie moaning noise coming from the direction of the gibbet.
This is when they both witnessed a black shapeless apparition hovering within the wood staring at them!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: The Arnos Manor Hotel
Along the Bath Road in Bristol you’ll find the Arnos Manor Hotel.
The hotel was first built as a private home for the business merchant William Reeve in 1760.
It was once a girl’s school which was run by nuns and it’s the ghost of one of these nuns that is said to haunt the hotel today.
Local legend says that a nun had committed suicide because she fell pregnant.
To hide the scandal, the other nuns bricked up her body behind a wall at the hotel.
During the Second World War the hotel was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
The workmen who were sent in to repair the bomb damage area of the hotel uncovered a female skeleton.
Apparently, to avoid delay, the workmen just buried the bones elsewhere within the building!
Since then, poltergeist activity has taken place throughout the hotel.
Terrified guests have also witnessed a ghostly brown figure within the hotel especially within Room 160.
Guests have heard a female voice calling their name and have felt a figure pinning them down whilst they’ve slept in Room 160.