Haunted: Thetford Warren Lodge, Thetford, Norfolk
Stewart | On 01, Jul 2017
The Haunting of Thetford Warren Lodge
A couple of miles west of Thetford along the B1107 there’s an interesting old stone and brick building called Thetford Warren Lodge.
It’s believed that the lodge dates back to the 1400s!
The Prior of Thetford had the lodge built to protect the gamekeeper and hunting parties against armed poachers.
Later in the 18th century, the lodge was used by the warreners to store and dry rabbit skins.
Now, there are a couple of eerie stories associated with the old lodge…
The first is a strange story with similarities to the Black Shuck legend of East Anglia.
There’s supposed to be a phantom white rabbit with large flaming red eyes which haunts the surrounding area of the lodge.
If you clap eyes on this devilish beast, well I’m afraid it’s curtains for you!
As the legend dictates, anyone who witnesses the ghostly white rabbit will have terrible misfortune brought upon them.
The other ghostly story associated with the old lodge is that of an apparition of a faceless man… probably a leper!
You see, it’s believed that in medieval times there was a leper colony in the countryside close to the lodge.
Well, today the area around the lodge is popular with dog walkers and runners.
And some of these unfortunate people have reported seeing a ghostly figure of a man with a weird eerie looking face.
He’s typically seen staring out of the first floor window of the lodge.
But, he’s also been seen around the building or actually leaving it.
On one occasion in July 2011, a ghoulish figure wearing blue and cream clothing was seen…
The terrified witness said he had no face, just black holes for his eyes and mouth!
Some believe that the figure isn’t a leper but in fact a ghostly warrener still protecting his rabbits or maybe even the spirit a murdered poacher…
Whoever this ghostly figure is, he’s often seen by terrified witnesses in the summer months.
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley