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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.