Haunted: Roos Hall, Beccles, Suffolk
Stewart | On 23, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Roos Hall
Roos Hall is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house about half a mile from the centre of Beccles.
And it’s said to be up there amongst some of the most haunted houses in England!
The spooky Tudor hall is rumoured to be haunted by a phantom coach and horses.
It’s said to clatter down the hall’s driveway and stop outside the main doors on Christmas Eve.
What’s more, the ghostly horses are said to be headless!
Some say that the coach contains the ghost of a member of the Blennerhassett family who once owned the hall.
Maybe it’s the beautiful woman which local legend says sometimes appears next to the phantom coach.
The legend says if you look at her straight in the eyes you’ll either die or go completely mad!
You know, there’s another local legend associated with the old Tudor hall which involves the Devil.
You see, there’s a bedroom cupboard in one of the rooms in the hall which has a burn mark in the cupboard’s brickwork.
Legend says it’s the imprint of the Devil’s hoof which he’s branded into the solid brickwork!
Keeping with the Devil…
There’s an old twisted and gnarled oak tree which stands in the grounds of Roos Hall, just near the Bungay Road.
This tree is known as Nelson’s Tree in honour to the admiral.
But the tree has been rumoured to have a dark past.
It’s said that it was once used as a place to hang the local wrongdoers which many believe has resulted in it being haunted by the victim’s souls.
Local legend also says that if you walk around the old oak six times… the devil will be summoned!
That’s not all…
Terrified witnesses have also seen the ghostly apparition of a lady in white standing by the old oak tree in the dead of the night.
There’s also another apparition seen near the hanging tree.
It’s of a man wearing an old brown jacket and torn trousers.
He’s said to be the ghost of a man who was hung for stealing only to be found innocent after his execution!
Now, there’s an old tale about one of the hall’s windows…
Apparently, it can never be kept close!
In the past, the window has been locked and even firmly shut with the aid of wrought ironwork…
But, mysteriously it’s always found wide open the next day!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press