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!
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.
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