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Monday, 3 December 2012

The Woolpit Wolf

This Suffolk village is thought to take its name from pits dug to trap wolves. The area is said to be the haunt of one such animal, trapped and killed centuries ago. A farmer, out looking for a lost calf, once claimed to have seen it emerge from a hole in the ground. He rushed for his gun, but lost it in the moonlight. As it had left no footprints, he concluded that he had seen a phantom wolf.

For some reason, the ghostly wolf is only said to appear after a fall of snow. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

On location: Ghost hunting at the Ancient House in Ipswich

I've now completed the third and final pilot for the ghost hunting TV series. I visited Ipswich to investigate the alleged hauntings connected with the Ancient House. 

Here are some clips.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Westleton and the Devil

St Peter's Church, Westleton, Suffolk dates back to about 1300. Local legends claim that Old Nick lives below a small grating near a door in the church. Nearby is a 14th century fallen gravestone known as the ‘Witches’ Stone’. It is claimed that grass will never grow over it. 

It is said that if you put a piece of straw in the grating and run round the church seven times, anti-clockwise, the straw will either vanish or you'll hear the Devil rattling his chains below the surface. However, you must never look at the grating until the end of your run!

A local told me it was likely that the story was invented by smugglers to deter locals from visiting the churchyard at night. Smugglers are believed to have used the crypt to hide contraband from the revenue men.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Southwold Ghosts and Monsters by John West

Gun Hill is said to be haunted by the figure of a soldier. He is always seen standing next to one of the six cannon that can be found on the hill. He literally lost his head when one of the cannon misfired.

Sutherland House is the home of a phantom lady. The red haired women is said to be waiting for the return of Lord Sandwich, who was killed in a nearby 17th Century sea battle with the Dutch. Footsteps and the sound of doors opening are heard on 28th May, the anniversary of the Lord's death.

Southwold is also known as the haunt of a less than ghostly being. On the 21st October 1938, local fishermen claimed to have seen a grey coloured sea monster swimming near their boat. The beast was described as being over 65 feet long.

Monday, 27 February 2012

The Bells of Great Bealings by John West

In 1834, Bealings House in Suffolk became notorious due to an outbreak of alleged poltergeist activity.

The haunting began on Sunday, February 2, 1834. The owner, Edward Moor, arrived home from church and was informed by his servants that the dining room bell had mysteriously rung three times between 2 and 5 PM.

The next day, the bells again rang at the same time. The day after, when Moor returned home, servants again told him that the bells had been violently ringing in the kitchen. He went into the room and finally witnessed the ringing himself. They chimed so violently that he thought they would break free from their anchors. They continued like this until about 7:45 PM.

The bells rang numerous times before the phenomenon stopped abruptly on March 27th.

Sceptics suggested that the paranormal activity was caused by mice running along the wires. Others have declared that the whole affair was a deliberate hoax. Major Moor thought otherwise. He later wrote a book, Bealings Bells, about the haunting.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Sudbury Head by John West

St Gregory’s church in Sudbury is said to be haunted by the ghost of Simon de Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered during the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. His skull is still preserved in a case in the church. A truly grizzly exhibit!

His body was buried in Canterbury Cathedral. Some believe that his ghost is restless because he wishes his head to be reunited with his body.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Tales from Mildenhall, Suffolk

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, who became Lord Protector in 1653, was said to have buried chests containing treasure in a group of ancient barrows, known as the Three Hills. Despite several attempts to locate the hoard, the chests remain hidden.

RAF Mildenhall is said to be haunted by the ghost of an American airman. In 1969, a homesick sergeant got drunk and stole a C-130 cargo plane. He crashed in the ocean after supposedly trying to make it back to the USA. His body was never found.

His ghost reportedly wanders the parking area where he took off on his last flight.