Haunted: Thornham Hall, Thornham Magna, Suffolk
Stewart | On 26, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Thornham Hall
There’s a ghostly tale which began in the early part of the 19th century concerning a girl who once worked for Lord Henniker as a maid…
Apparently, she fell in love with the son of Lord Henniker and they decided to get married.
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!
Lord Henniker got wind of the affair and he wasn’t too please.
You see, being just a domestic maid she wasn’t good daughter-in-law material!
He wanted to put a stop to any idea of married…
He knew that after finishing work at Thornham Hall, she would walk home through a large wood near the property.
It’s said that Lord Henniker instructed his game keeper to lay in wait for the poor girl in the nearby woods.
As she walked by, he was told to set his hunting dogs on her.
The dogs were let loose and they viciously attacked her leaving her for dead in the undergrowth!
The girl’s distraught parents found her lifeless body in the woods the next day.
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.
Today, there’s a road which goes straight through the old wood where the girl was murdered…
Whilst walking along this road at night many terrified witnesses have heard the eerie sound of phantom hunting dogs barking.
They then often witness a misty shape come out of the woods and cross the road in front of them before vanishing into thin air.
This ghostly apparition has become known as the Pink Lady…
It’s said to be the spirit of the terrified young maid trying to escape from the hunting dogs!
There’s another ghostly tale associated with Thornham Hall…
The spooky sounds of a phantom coach and horses are often heard travelling along the hall’s gravel driveway.
It’s said that the ghostly coach and horses are never seen, just heard!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press
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!