3 Haunted Pubs in Norwich
Stewart | On 10, Sep 2017
The Lambs Inn
Back in 1757, a murderer called Timothy Hardy was hanged at the city castle for killing John Aggas his brother-in-law and landlord of the Lambs Inn.
One day at the pub Timothy was arguing with his wife and John tried to calm the situation by intervening.
Unfortunately for him, Timothy pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the stomach…
John sadly died the next morning from his wounds!
Hardy was hung for the murder and his body dissected.
It’s now said that John Aggas haunts his beloved pub…
Countless landlords have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking around the property late at night.
And some have even seen the ghostly apparition of an old man sitting in one of the pub’s chairs.
The landlord’s children have also reported being woken up in the middle of the night by a kind old man who then reads them stories!
The Wildman pub in Bedford Street has a dark history…
You see, back in the 1800s the building was used to house prisoners when the cells at the castle became too full.
One day a young gypsy lad was caught stealing a loaf of bread.
And the poor boy was sentenced to death by hanging!
As the cells at the castle where full, he was imprisoned in the cells at the Wildman until the day of his hanging.
Well, under the cover of darkness, his family broke into the Wildman and tried to rescue him.
Unfortunately, the cell door was too strong and they could get the boy out.
Tragically, they reverted to Plan B and tried to burn the door down but ended up with drastic consequences…
The whole building caught fire and the poor boy burnt to death in his cell!
Today, the cellar of the Wildman is said to be haunted by the spirit of the boy…
Sudden drops in temperature are often reported in the room.
And former landlords have reported heavy beer barrels being moved around in the cellar in the middle of the night on their own accord.
On one occasion, a terrified witness saw the ghostly apparition of a young boy run across the bar area and shoot up the stairs!
The Adam and Eve
You’ll find the Adam and Eve pub located along Bishopgate in Norwich.
It’s said to be one of the oldest pubs in the city dating back to 1249.
In those early years it was believed to have been a brew house owned by the Benedictine monks at the nearby Great Hospital.
And it was said to have been a favourite watering hole of the stonemasons who were working on Norwich Cathedral.
The pub you can have a drink in today dates back to the 17th century.
One of the interesting features about this pub is that it has a Saxon well located under the floor in the lower bar…
And of course, it’s said to be haunted!
Keeping to the theme of things being buried under the floorboards…
It’s said that medieval monks are buried beneath the pub’s floorboards in the downstairs bar.
And terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a monk within the pub!
The other ghost often seen at the Adam and Eve is nicknamed ‘Sam’…
It’s thought the real identity of this phantom is Lord Sheffield.
You see, in 1549 Wymondham landowner Robert Ketts rebels stormed the city.
And Lord Sheffield was an army officer during the rebellion.
It’s said that he fell from his horse near Cathedral Close and was stabbed by a butcher.
Fatally wounded, his men dragged him back to the Adam and Eve pub where he later died from his wounds.
It’s now said that his friendly ghost haunts the pub playing little tricks on the regulars every now and again!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press