Haunted: Westwood Lodge, Walberswick, Suffolk
Stewart | On 27, Jun 2017
The Hauntings of Westwood Lodge
If you take the Lodge Road on the outskirts of Walberswick you’ll come across a large forty room former manor house.
This manor house is Westwood Lodge… and it’s haunted!
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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!
The present building dates back to the 16th century.
But there’s been a manor house in one form or another at this location as far back as the 14th century.
In 1391 the Manor of Westwood belonged to Micheal de la Pole, the Duke of Suffolk.
Over the years the ownership of the manor has passed through the Hopton family, the Brooke family and the Blois family.
Now there’s one member of the Brooke family in particular that we’re interest in… John Brooke to be exact!
You see John Brooke was a bit of a tyrant in his day.
In fact, he was known by the locals as The Great Troubler!
But his troubling days didn’t last too long.
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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.
He died on his way to Blythburgh in 1652 at the young age of 26.
It’s said that a phantom horseman rides the local lanes and byways near Westwood Lodge.
And the ghost is believed to be that of The Great Troubler himself!
Not only is he supposed to haunt the local lanes on horseback, but it’s also believed that his ghost once rode a phantom horse along the corridors of Westwood Lodge too.
These hauntings came to an abrupt end in 1865 after workmen found a saddle and whip in a bricked up old disused room of the manor.
The items were ceremoniously burned!
And to this day, John Brooke has never been seen riding his phantom horse up and down the corridors of Westwood Lodge again.
John Brooke’s ghost is not the only eerie apparition to be reported at Westwood Lodge.
There have also been sightings of a lady in a silk dress in the house, the grounds and the lane near to the manor house!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press
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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!