Fancy visiting any of these during the Halloween period? I’ve always been intrigued with ghostly encounters, but I have a feeling I may bottle it if I had the opportunity to visit these places in the dark of the night! So as I live in Suffolk, I thought I’d do some research!
Roos Hall in Beccles is a 16th century manor house full of ghostly encounters and a window that can never be kept shut.
A headless horseman has been seen roaming the grounds on his clattering coach, along with the pale face of a small girl peering out from the topmost window. An old twisted oak tree stands in the grounds of Roos Hall, which was the place to hang all the nearby criminals. It is said to still be haunted by the victims’ souls.
The Legend of Black Shuck, Blythburgh –
Black Shuck, the ghostly black dog that is said to roam East Anglia, is famous along the Suffolk Coast. According to folklore, Black Shuck is seven foot tall, has flaming red eyes and shaggy black fur. The beast’s most celebrated attack happened at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, where it ran through the congregation, killing a man and boy and causing the church steeple to fall through the roof. Scorch marks are still visible on the church doors where they are said to have come from Shuck’s claws.
The Witch-Finder General, Mistley – The legendary and brutal Matthew Hopkins has reportedly been seen roaming the area of Mistley, particularly on Friday nights. His 17th-century ghostly attire has since been seen at Mistley pond, the Mistley Thorn hotel and Hopping Bridge, where the screams of a tortured witch are also said to have been heard. He was buried in the graveyard of Chirch St Mary at Mistley Heath, where that patch of grass is said to never grow.
The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds –
The passage of time has left what was once a magnificent abbey into eerie crumbling walls. Spectral monks have been seen walking around the ruins of The Abbey, also in the shops along Abbeygate Street. They either glide or stand silently by the old gatehouse, which is acknowledged to be one of the most spiritually charged locations in England.
The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds is said to be the tiniest pub in Britain.
However, this ancient building still has room for a number of phantoms. A young boy who was murdered here has been seen darting up and down the stairs near closing time, while the cellar houses the ghosts of a monk and a nun, who were believed to have had an affair.
Murder in the moat at Rushbrooke Hall, Bury St Edmunds –
In 1578 Queen Elizabeth the 1st visited this hall. During that time an unknown lady was murdered and thrown through a window into the moat. It has been said that a small group looked out of that window, and as they were looking down into the moat they felt an icy draft passing over their heads. From the moat below came a dull ‘plop’ as something apparently hit and disturbed the surface of the water.
Dunwich – The town that vanished.
What was once the sixth largest town in England, is now a tiny seaside village along the shoreline to truly give you the chills.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Dunwich was fiercely battered by violent storms, leaving many of the towns striking buildings and churches crumbling into the water. Several of its most famous landmarks are believed to be haunted by its long gone town folk, as well as ghostly church bells heard through the sea breeze. Swirling shapes of long dead citizens are also seen drifting along the cliff tops.
The Ghosts of Framlingham Castle –
Records of this castle go back to 1148, so there is no surprise that this building is rumoured to be haunted.
Ghostly apparitions of faces, phantom footsteps and eerie screams have been reported by terrified members of staff and visitors in the old rooms of the castle. There have also been reports of people hearing the spooky sounds of phantom children playing in the castle’s empty courtyard!
Abbas Hall in Great Cornard – Reports from previous occupiers of the hall are the hearing footsteps and heavy dragging noises in the bedrooms upstairs, finding no explanation. A visitor to the Hall reported seeing the face of an old woman looking in through the window; on investigation no one was found.
Other reports are that of the kitchen door latch opening and hearing heavy footsteps walking across the floor.
The Swan Hotel, Lavenham –
Once a thriving coaching Inn during the 19th Century, it is said that the spirit of a former housekeeper haunts this building. Her restless spirit is trapped within its grounds due to her committing suicide, and is mostly spotted in room 15.
The most popular reason for her suicide was that she fell pregnant out of wedlock, and her partner had second thoughts about marrying her. After being left standing at the alter, she took her own life and that of her unborn child by hanging herself in room 15, which was once the housekeeping quarters.
Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich –
The large Tudor Manor House in Christchurch Park goes back to the 16th Century. It is said that pictures on the walls have been seen turning by themselves, whilst a Victorian woman has been seen passing through a closed glass door. A much older report stated that the mansion was haunted by a maid with two children, who laughed and danced around the building.
A feeling of unease at Ipswich Railway Station – Staff working in the early hours of the morning claim to have seen a woman in areas near the public toilets. A feeling of unease is always said to be present in the upstairs corridors. The same female figure may have been seen in a mirror by cleaning staff. The sounds of children laughing have also been reported.
Monk at Ipswich Buttermarket – The location of The Buttermarket was formally C.W.Cowells and once the site of a monastery. While the Cowell’s building stood, a number of people reported observing an old monk. On separate occasions, two women were supposed to have fainted after seeing the figure, and one man had fled during a night shift. Phantom footsteps were also heard in the factory. It is said that when under attack, the occupants hid their treasure down a well on the site – it was never recovered.
What do you all think about ghostly encounters and the paranormal? Do you think it’s all a load of rubbish or are you open to it? Were the folklore paranoid and we have just picked it up from them? Have you ever physically seen a ghost or something that just wasn’t quite right? Feel free to comment! I would love to hear your spooky experiences!