Haunted: Syderstone, Norfolk
Stewart | On 01, Jul 2017
The Hauntings of Syderstone
Amy Robsart was born in 1532, she was the daughter of a wealthy gentleman-farmer called Sir John Robsart of Syderstone.
Just before she was 18, she married Robert Dudley the son of the powerful John Dudley the Earl of Warwick.
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
In 1558, Robert Dudley became Master of the Horse which brought him in close contact with Queen Elizabeth I.
Within a year, rumours were rife that the Queen was smitten with Lord Robert and it seemed the feelings were mutual.
On Sunday, 8 September 1560 Amy Dudley was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her home at Cumnor Place…
She had severe head injuries and her neck had been broken!
At the time, there were many suspicions that Amy had been murdered so that Robert could marry Elizabeth.
Nothing was ever proven, so I’ll leave it up to you to make your mind up on what happened to poor Amy.
Some say she was pushed down the stairs, some say she fell, others say she committed suicide because she had breast cancer!
But, shortly after Amy’s death, poltergeist activity was reported at Syderstone Hall…
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
Many of the locals said that it was the ghost of Amy!
Syderstone Hall has now been demolished but it seems that the resident poltergeist has just moved into the nearby parsonage.
In 1833, Reverend Stewart and his family moved into the parsonage.
Soon afterwards they became plagued with paranormal activity…
Loud banging noises, moaning, scratching and eerie screams where all heard throughout the building!
At the time, the locals blamed the hauntings on a Reverend Mantle who had died at the parsonage twenty seven years earlier.
But, documented evidence from one of Reverend Mantle’s servants, Elizabeth Goff, states that the Reverend had nailed up two of the parsonage’s bedrooms because his sister in-law had witnessed something terrifying in one of them.
It seems that the parsonage was haunted well before Reverend Mantle ever moved in!
Amy isn’t the only ghost which is said to haunt Syderstone.
On the nights of a full moon, terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a highwayman on horseback on the Village Common.
I know this sounds cheesy, but apparently he’s reported to say… your money or your life!
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!