Haunted: The Wildman, Norwich, Norfolk
Stewart | On 30, Jun 2017
The Haunting of the Wildman
You see, back in the 1800s the building was used to house prisoners when the cells at the castle became too full.
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!
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
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!