Ghostly encounters in the East of England

We’re often asked the question, are any of our places haunted? With ghostly tales and spooky stories from centuries past connected with a number of our locations in the East of England, the question is will you be brave enough to visit them?

This grand Norfolk residence is home to the ghost of Anne Boleyn

Blickling, Norfolk 

Anne Boleyn is said to haunt her ancestral home on the anniversary of her execution. As the clock strikes midnight, the story goes that her ghost appear in a coach drawn by a headless horseman, with her own head on her lap. Her father, Sir Thomas, is also said to haunt hereabouts. Other ghostly residents allegedly include Sir Henry Hobart, who was mortally wounded in a duel. His dying groans can be heard emanating from the West Turret Bedroom where he died.

Book on display in the library at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 

The library at Felbrigg is reputedly haunted by the ghost of William Windham III, the phantom bibliophile. William risked his life nearly 200 years ago trying to rescue precious volumes after a fire broke out, only to die weeks later from his injuries. It's believed he still visits his magnificent library in order to read the books he didn’t have time to whilst he was alive. Although apparently his ghost will only appear when an exact combination of books is placed on the library chair!

Moody skies at Brancaster Beach

Norfolk Coast 

Black Shuck is the name given to a ghostly black dog, which is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. Just one of many ghostly black dogs recorded in myth and legend across Britain; there are varying accounts of this beast’s appearance. Folklore describes how his howling makes your blood run cold, whereas his footsteps make no sound.

Oxburgh Hall reflected in the moat at sunset.

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

It’s said that the ghost of a jilted lover, a Countess of Italy, still roams the North Bedroom and north staircase. It’s thought she killed herself after jumping out of the North Bedroom window, drowning in the moat below. Visitors have since seen a woman in Tudor dress walking in the grounds, only to be told there were no costume volunteers around that day. And environmental systems still report sudden unexplained drops in temperature!

Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 

Without Edith Pretty, the story of Sutton Hoo could have been very different, as it was her decision to enlist archaeologists to dig the mounds. With war looming, archaeologists unearthed the burial site of a royal warrior king and his most treasured possessions. Stories have since surfaced that it was the sight of ghostly figures and her belief in spiritualism that made her dig here. It’s also the site of a larger cemetery, with graves dating back to as early as the 5th century. Some bodies were decapitated or seemingly shoved in without care!

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