Suffolk - Paranormal Database Records

Stopping Force

Location: Tostock - Path on hill leading to the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, late 1990s
Further Comments: Two people walking towards the church suddenly found themselves unable to walk any further. The sensation lasted for around ten seconds before lifting. A short time later, along a lane past the church, they spotted a bright white light which then illuminated the area around them. Both witnesses ran back to the village.

Man in Black with Tall Hat

Location: Trimley St Martin - Field near T junction, wire fence with trees
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mistaken as a local farmer by a metal detector enthusiast, the man in black disappeared when approached.

Vanishing Cyclist

Location: Tuddenham - Finn Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June 2011, 10:30h
Further Comments: While walking her dogs, one woman looked behind her to see a cyclist peddling behind her. He wore modern clothing and a cycle helmet. The woman moved to the side of the lane to let him pass, but the cyclist had vanished.

Cat Crossing Road

Location: Tunstall Forest - Road cutting through the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 20 April 2004
Further Comments: While driving through the forest, this woman saw a large unidentified cat cross the road ahead of her. She reported it was between 4.5 feet - 5.5 feet in length, including the tail. When it was mentioned to a forest warden later in the day, he said it was not an uncommon report in that particular area.


Location: Walberswick - Anchor Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Anchor Inn was once home to a noisy spirit. What happened to the entity is unclear.


Location: Walberswick - Bell Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The fisherman has been seen sitting in the smoking room of the public house, though it has not been recognised as a ghost until it has disappeared.

The Walberswick Whistle

Location: Walberswick - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed to come from a nearby group of holes, the whistle is said to scare animals. Different stories attribute the cause to varying legends; the most likely candidate is the wind whipping around a group of underground caverns, though some still believe the scream to belong to a woman lost in the caves below.

Old Man and Boy waiting for Ferry

Location: Walberswick - Landing stage of river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Observed by a woman in the 1950's, the young boy and an old man have been watched as they crossed the river on a ferry, disappearing as they entered an unnatural fog bank. They are supposed to have drowned a couple of hundred years ago, while crossing in similar circumstances.

Phantom Dog, Calf Size

Location: Walberswick - Road between the Bell Hotel and the Vicarage, and the beach leading to Dunwich
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1500s onwards
Further Comments: For four hundred years, a black shuck has been reported in the area, local legend stating that it is the Devil incarnate. The creature has most been recently witnessed by two women during the 1980s; they reported seeing a large phantom dog, black in colour and the size of a calf.

Something Invisible

Location: Walberswick - Site of old railway line (aka dead mans gully)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area's history is unknown, but animals are known to become quite upset if forced to pass through the locality.

Victorian Church Warden

Location: Walberswick - Walberswick Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1930s, 1970s
Further Comments: Witnessed by George Orwell, a small and stooping figure dressed like a workman was seen silently crossing the churchyard, before disappearing from view. Orwell investigated further, and realised that the figure had vanished. Others who have seen the figure have described him as dressed like a gentleman.

Equine Entities

Location: Walberswick - Walberswick Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Daytime
Further Comments: Said to be heard only during the day, phantom horses gallop across the common. In addition, reports of a phantom man have been frequent since the 1940s, appearing both on the common and in the church ruins.

Phantom Coach

Location: Wangford - SW of Thetford - Raydon Hall, Quay Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach pulled by a headless horse runs down Quay Lane on dark nights, believed to be driven by a former owner of Raydon Hall.

Lady in Long Silver Dress

Location: Wenhaston - Ruins of Westwood Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to be a site where witchcraft is still practised, the woman in a long silver dress is said to be one of many ghosts that haunt the area.

Mary Rose Tudor

Location: Westhorpe - Westhorpe Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This building may contain the ghost of Henry VIII's sister.

Fairy Loaves

Location: Westleton - Common
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was once believed that fossilised sea urchins that were found in a gravel pit here were actually loaves of bread made by fairies.

Witch's Stone

Location: Westleton - St Peter's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Standing by the chancel door, this stone is said to be used to summon the ghost of a witch. Any object placed in a hole in the wall above the stone would vanish after the owner ran around the church seven times, and the chinking of chains would echo around the area. Legend has it that grass will not grow in the area.


Location: Westleton - Unnamed cottage next to churchyard
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Pre 1924
Further Comments: A couple living in the cottage would hear sounds coming from their garden that resembled a donkey with a clanking chain. When investigated, they could never find anything.


Location: Westleton - Westleton Walks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Quite possibly a story invented by smugglers in bygone days, a phantom is said to aimlessly traverse the area.

Crop Curse

Location: Wetherden - Field between Wetherden and Woolpit
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Robert Rosier was burnt to death in this field in 1556 by a former friend; since that day, no one has been able to raise a successful harvest in that pasture.

Yellow Frog Fall

Location: Wetheringsett - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1900
Further Comments: Described as either yellow or dull green, these frogs rained down upon the town.

White Shadow

Location: Wickham Market - Deben Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A tale states that children were buried in the walls of the building, and that their shades remain. A taller figure has been seen on the site also.

Man in Pointed Hat

Location: Wickham Market - OAP Home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Staff at the home have reported seeing this figure moving around the building.

Black Robed Figure with a Skeletal Face

Location: Wickham Market - Potsford Wood, B1078, gibbet marked by plaque
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s, 1997
Further Comments: This is the location where the hanging of Jonah Snell occurred, though nothing suggests that he is the ghost in question. In 1997 a couple reported being harassed by a black shapeless object that moaned gently at them late at night when their car broke down near the site, while the 1980's sighting occurred in broad daylight; a truck driver stopped for a call of nature near the plaque, paused to read it while walking into the woods, and felt a tap on his shoulder. Turning, he came face to face with a skeletal form, hooded and dressed in robes. Needless to say, he ran for the truck and drove away.


Location: Wickham Market - Railway Line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 24 May 2012
Further Comments: A rhea, though referred to as an ostrich in the local press, spotted on the line between Ipswich and Saxmundham forced a train to slow near Wickham Market.

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