Haunted: The Wildman, Norwich, Norfolk
Stewart | On 30, Jun 2017
The Haunting of the Wildman
The Wildman pub in Bedford Street has a dark history…
You see, back in the 1800s the building was used to house prisoners when the cells at the castle became too full.
One day a young gypsy lad was caught stealing a loaf of bread.
And the poor boy was sentenced to death by hanging!
As the cells at the castle where full, he was imprisoned in the cells at the Wildman until the day of his hanging.
Well, under the cover of darkness, his family broke into the Wildman and tried to rescue him.
Unfortunately, the cell door was too strong and they could get the boy out.
Tragically, they reverted to Plan B and tried to burn the door down but ended up with drastic consequences…
The whole building caught fire and the poor boy burnt to death in his cell!
Today, the cellar of the Wildman is said to be haunted by the spirit of the boy…
Sudden drops in temperature are often reported in the room.
And former landlords have reported heavy beer barrels being moved around in the cellar in the middle of the night on their own accord.
On one occasion, a terrified witness saw the ghostly apparition of a young boy run across the bar area and shoot up the stairs!
David Chisnell (2005) Haunted Norwich. The History Press
THE RED LION HOTEL: One of the Most Haunted Places in Essex!
The Red Lion Hotel is said to be haunted by three ghosts.
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar.
Alice was believed to have been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion who was brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors
The final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy
He's seen by children in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.