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
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She’s said to haunt the area of a former nursery which was once situated on the second floor of the hotel.
Women guests have reported the little girl ghost has sneaked up behind them and pulled their hair before making her escape!