3 Places in Suffolk Haunted by Ghostly Monks
Stewart | On 08, Sep 2017
Greyfriars Priory, Bungay
Attached to St Mary’s Church you’ll find the ruins of Greyfriars Priory.
Terrified locals have reported hearing the ghostly sound of phantom monks chanting in Latin whilst ringing bells coming from the priory ruins in the middle of the night.
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!
In fact, the locals are so frightened of the old priory site that they tend to give the whole area a wide berth after the sun has gone down!
Greyfriars Priory, Dunwich
The ruins of the Greyfriars Priory are rumoured to be haunted…
The Grade II* listed ruins of the Franciscan Greyfriars Priory are said to be haunted by ghostly monks.
Their ghostly apparitions are often seen wandering around the remains of the ancient priory by terrified witnesses.
Leiston Abbey, Leiston
Leiston Abbey was originally called St Mary’s Abbey which was founded in 1182 just north of Leiston on the marshes at Minsmere.
The abbey was abandoned in 1363 and moved to Leiston due to the risk of flooding on the Minsmere Level.
If you visit Minsmere today, you’ll still find some old ruins at the old abbey site!
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, Leiston Abbey became a farm with a farmhouse being built into the actual ruins of the abbey.
Today, the abbey ruins are in the care of English Heritage.
It’s said that Leiston Abbey is haunted by surprise, surprise… ghostly monks!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. 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!