Haunted: Rougham, Suffolk
Stewart | On 26, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Rougham
In 1989 a fire broke out in one of the Spinney Cottages in Rougham.
The fire broke out within one of the cupboards in the cottage causing smoke damage to the cottage.
It also resulted in the owner being taken to the nearby hospital and sadly the death of their pet parrot.
The weird thing about the fire is that the owners said it was caused by a ghost.
A few days after the fire, the owner’s teenage daughter reported a ghostly voice saying to her…
‘That was funny, wasn’t it’!
She presumed the spooky voice was referring to the house fire.
You see, the family had experience many paranormal events during the evenings leading up to the fire.
The strange thing is…
They all occurred around the same time as the fire had mysteriously started!
The fire at the cottage seemed to be the crescendo of the paranormal activity.
After the fire, the ghostly goings-on gradually petered out.
Many of Rougham locals have witnessed shadowy dark figures walking across their gardens and disappearing into thin air right in front of their very eyes.
One of the more common apparition witnessed is that of a ghostly hooded monk!
But the most infamous manifestation of Rougham is not a person but a beautiful Georgian house…
In 1926, on a damp overcast afternoon, a local teacher called Ruth Wynne went for a walk with Miss Allington a young pupil of hers.
They came across a beautiful large Georgian house and marvel at how grand it looked.
A year later they decided to take the same walk but were totally shocked to discover that the house had totally disappeared…
In fact, the area was so overgrown that it looked like nothing had ever been situated at the spot!
They ask some of the old locals about the mystery house but none of them had ever heard of such a grand house being built at that location.
So what did they experience?
What it a mirage or maybe they even experienced a time slip?
It appears that the teacher and her pupil were not the only ones to have witnessed this strange house…
In 1911, James Cobbold also saw an apparition of a three-story Georgian house situated on Kingshall Street between Bradfield St George and Rougham Green.
He said that there was a swishing sound, the temperature dropped and he briefly saw the house through a mist before it totally disappeared!
To this very day, shocked people are still reporting seeing this beautiful mysterious Georgian house…
It’s not always in the same location but it is always within the parish!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press