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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Pedlar of Swaffham


Swaffham Church

Tradition says that there lived in former times in Soffham (Swaffham), alias Sopham, in Norfolk, a certain pedlar, who dreamed that if he went to London Bridge, and stood there, he should hear very joyfull news, which he at first slighted, but afterwards, his dream being doubled and trebled upon him, he resolved to try the issue of it, and accordingly went to London, and stood on the bridge there two or three days, looking about him, but heard nothing that might yield him any comfort.

At last it happened that a shopkeeper there, hard by, having noted his fruitless standing, seeing that he neither sold any wares nor asked any almes, went to him and most earnestly begged to know what he wanted there, or what his business was; to which the pedlar honestly answered that he had dreamed that if he came to London and stood there upon the bridge he should hear good newse; at which the shop-keeper laught heartily, asking him if he was such a fool as to take a journey on such a silly errand, adding: "I'll tell thee, country fellow, last night I dreamed that I was at Sopham, in Norfolk, a place utterly unknown to me, where methought behind a pedlar's house in a certain orchard, and under a great oak tree, if I dug I should find a vast treasure! Now think you," says he, "that I am such a fool to take such a long journey upon me upon the instigation of a silly dream? No, no, I'm wiser. Therefore, good fellow, learn wit from me, and get you home, and mind your business."

The pedlar observing his words, what he had say'd he dream'd, and knowing they concentred in him, glad of such joyfull newse, went speedily home, and digged and found a prodigious great treasure, with which he grew exceeding rich ; and Soffham (Church) being for the most part fallen down, he set on workmen and rectified it most sumptuously, at his own charges ; and to this day there is his statue therein, but in stone, with his pack at his back and his dogg at his heels ; and his memory is also preserved by the same form or picture in most of the old glass windows, taverns, and alehouses of that town unto this day.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Guest on Blog Talk Radio



I was Leo's guest. We had a chat about various subjects including ghosts, reincarnation and crime. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Norfolk: The Happisburgh Phantom



The coast below the village of Happisburgh is the reputed haunt of a terrifying apparition. Over the years, people have claimed to have witnessed a figure with no legs and its head hanging down its back from a strip of flesh. It was first seen in 1765 by two farmers who were making their way home one night along Whimpwell Street. It was reported to be wearing sailor's clothes and appeared to be holding a sack to its chest. Upon reaching a well, it vanished. The well was later searched and the remains of a dismembered man were found hidden in two sacks. A pistol was also found with the corpse. It was surmised that he may have been a smuggler and had been murdered by his colleagues after some dispute over booty.

The spectre is still said to haunt the area. The well has long gone but some still claim to hear strange moans and groans emanating from the spot where he was found. Apparently, the ideal time to see the ghost is on moonlit nights.

Another ghostly tradition is also linked to this area. Off the coast, lies the submerged remains of the village of Eccles. It was largely lost to the sea in the 17th century but fishermen still claim to hear the bells of the church tower when storms or a death are imminent.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Horseshoes



To find one lost by a horse is said to you bring luck. The horseshoe, if hung up, must have the open end upwards to prevent the luck falling out. In the Middle Ages in England, a horseshoe on the door was believed to prevent witches from entering.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The ghosts of Thetford Priory, Norfolk


Thetford Priory of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre dates from the 12th century. As you would expect, ghostly monks have been seen walking through he ruins. Chanting has also been heard. A group of teenagers claimed to have seen one monk running through the grounds in 1992. Jangling keys heralded his appearance. 

On another occasion, a monk was seen standing in an upstairs window. The full account can be read by clicking here LINK

Apparently, summer evenings are the ideal time to see and hear the phantom brothers. 




Friday, 8 August 2014

More ghosts of Dunwich, Suffolk


The ruins of Greyfriars priory in Dunwich date from the 13th century and are supposedly still home to a number of ghostly monks. Lights have been seen and the sounds of chanting heard. The legendary Black Shuck was also witnessed running through the ruins in 1926. 

Willo-the-Wisps, known locally as Hobby Lanterns, were believed to try to lure people off the cliffs here at night. They were supposedly most active between 29th September and 24th December