Haunted: The Sun Hotel, Canterbury, Kent
Stewart | On 17, May 2017
The Haunted Sun Hotel
7 Sun Street, Canterbury CT1 2HX
A stone’s throw away from Canterbury Cathedral in Sun Street you’ll find the 15th century Sun Hotel and Tea Rooms.
The historic Tudor building is famous for being a favourite place to stay of the Victorian novelist Charles Dickens.
The hotel is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl from the 16th century.
In the past many guests have reported the ghost of a young girl coming into their rooms, tucking them in and stroking their cheeks.
The ghostly girl is said to be the spirit of a cook from Canterbury Cathedral called Ellen Bean aka Nelly Cook.
Nelly was a cook to the Friar who went missing in 1523.
Legend says that the Friar’s ‘niece’ came to stay with him one day.
Over the following days it dawned on Nelly that the young woman wasn’t the Friar’s niece at all…
She actually had an altogether different relationship with the Friar!
Jealously overcame Nelly and she served the Friar and his so-called niece his favourite game pie laced with poison.
The next morning a party of concerned monks came to see if the Friar was well as he had missed morning prayers.
To their shock they found his and his niece’s dead bodies in bed together.
To avoid scandal the monks buried the bodies at the cathedral.
Nelly was never seen alive again…
In 1849 workers were called in the repair a loose flagstone at the foot of the stairs at the Sun Hotel.
As they removed the flagstone they discovered a skeleton of a young girl.
Many believed that the skeleton was the remains of Nelly!