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.
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…
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