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Ipswich Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Videoed Orbs

Location: Ipswich - Private residence, Mottram Close
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2012
Further Comments: The Evening Star newspaper reported that Lee and Michelle Markwell had experienced several strange occurrences in their home, including footsteps, electrical items turning themselves on, and feeling something brush past. The couple videoed 'orbs' in their home, mostly likely dust particles close to the lens. A paranormal team, Suffolk Paranormal Research, which investigated the site said the haunting was caused by an elderly farmer named William and Rachel, his sister.


Location: Ipswich - Private residence, Rosebery Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002 onwards
Further Comments: Doors opened and footsteps could be heard climbing the stairs in this home. After a female form was spotted in one of the bedrooms, the house was exorcised by a church pastor.


Location: Ipswich - Railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: Staff working in the early hours of the morning claim to have seen a woman in areas which should be empty. A feeling of unease is also present. The same female figure may have been seen in a mirror by cleaning staff. The sounds of childrens' laughter have also been reported. Nothing has been reported since the station was refurbished in 2016.

Little Girl

Location: Ipswich - Shop in Tower Ramparts (now known as Sailmakers)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A member of staff reported several spooky occurrences in this shop, including spotting a little girl peering through the bars of a staircase, the image of a man in grey who would walk around (being mistaken for a customer), and boxes which fall off shelves without reason.,

Torso Reduced to Ash

Location: Ipswich - St Clement, Ipswich
Type: SHC
Date / Time: 1744
Further Comments: Grace Pett's burnt body was discovered in her house; other people living there were not aware of the fire that had killed her during the night.

Two Spinsters

Location: Ipswich - St Stephen's Church, Tourist Information Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s onwards
Further Comments: Staff working at this building have reported two elderly sisters who once played the organ in the church before it closed and was reopened as a Tourist Information Centre. They are said to have died shortly after their beloved place of worship shut its doors permanently.

Older Woman

Location: Ipswich - Street corner along Norwich Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early 2010s
Further Comments: An upset child ran home and told his father that there was a ghostly, scary woman standing on a nearby street corner. The slightly sceptical father walked to the corner and was horrified to see the ghostly woman who looked at him before vanishing.


Location: Ipswich - The Dales, Dales Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Two children playing on this piece of parkland spotted a Roman solider standing by a tree watching them. He vanished after a few seconds.


Location: Ipswich - The Rep public house (former theatre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Frequently seen when this pub was still a theatre, a visit from Alfred was considered by the troupe to be a lucky omen. He would sit in the fourth or fifth row, silently watching performances.

Fred Speaking too Loudly

Location: Ipswich - The Woolpack Public house, Tuddenham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Once named Fred by locals, this shade was later identified as Admiral 'Grog' by a local medium. Local folklore says the pub was once an old smuggler's haunt with tunnels running to the dock.

Big Black Cat

Location: Ipswich - Tuddenham Road (near pet cemetery)
Type: ABC
Date / Time: June 1996
Further Comments: Seen by a car full of people as it crossed the road, the cat was as large as a tiger with a jet black coat. Locals were unconvinced and named a local dog as the likely explanation.


Location: Ipswich - Willis Buildings, Friars Street and Grey Friars Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, 2010s
Further Comments: One former worker reported hearing footsteps in empty parts of the building and ascending the escalator when it was turned off for the night. The witness also reported hearing a disembodied scream, all during the 1990s. More recently it has been claimed that the building is haunted by a friar which appears after dark, although the person sharing the story admitted it may be just a tale to unnerve new employees.

Stockroom Prankster

Location: Ipswich - Woolworths (no longer operating)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-2008
Further Comments: Staff would feel as if they were not alone in the stockroom and the door would occasionally slam shut and jam.


Location: Ipswich - WS Cowell's, now the site of the Buttermarket Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century (monk), 2016 (footsteps and keys)
Further Comments: While the Cowell's building stood here (a monastery was formally on the site), a few employees reported observing an old monk. Two women, on separate occasions, were supposed to have fainted after seeing the figure, and at least one man had fled during a night shift. Phantom footsteps were also heard in the factory, and perhaps more recently by a cleaner at work in the shopping centre, with the sound accompanied by jangling keys. A local legend says that hundreds of years ago, when the monastery was under attack, the occupants hid their treasure down a well on the site - it was never recovered and remains to this day.

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