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Norfolk Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Disappearing Headlights

Location: Thetford - Snare Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A motorist reported seeing car headlights around a hundred metres ahead approaching him, although the lights disappeared after he briefly lost visual contact with them. There was nowhere for the car to have turned off, and it did not pass him.

Singing Monks

Location: Thetford - Site of the Priory of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937 (singing), monk seen in the summer of 1992, around 21:00h
Further Comments: The monks could be heard singing in Latin, in the ruins of the building, followed by a single reading from an unknown text. In 1992 a group of nine teenagers walking through the grounds heard the jangling of chains or keys as they walked through the area. A few moments later a monk wearing sandals and a chain belt ran past them. The teenagers screamed and ran back towards town.

Concealed House

Location: Thetford - Castle Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story states that a mansion lies buried under the hill, filled with wealth beyond dreams. Another story says that the hill was created by the Devil, created by mud falling from his shoe. Walking around the hill seven times at midnight is said to summon him.

1930s Motor

Location: Thetford - A11, slip road from Thetford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A driver and their passenger were stopped at temporary traffic lights. Both spotted a man wearing googles and hat in what they thought was a classic vehicle from the 1930s. As the witnesses drove away, they noticed the old car had disappeared.

Gamekeeper

Location: Thetford - A11, dual part of the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 November 2006, between 23:45h - 00:15h
Further Comments: Driving to pick someone up, this witness claimed to have seen a ghostly figure on his car bonnet. The figure wore a light thorn coloured suit with a thin red pinstripe and had dark hair. The figure was said to be smiling. The driver turned to his passenger who was asleep, and when he turned back the ghost had gone.

Bear

Location: Thetford - A1066 at Snare Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1979
Further Comments: Several witnesses reported seeing a bear on the outskirts of the nearby forest.

A Quick Drink

Location: Thetford - Devil's Punchbowl (mere)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This mere has an erratic water level; perhaps previous generations attributed the sudden disappearance of water to the Devil having a quick drink while passing by.

Landlady Betty Radcliffe

Location: Thetford - The Bell Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century onwards
Further Comments: Killed in 1750 by her lover, Betty now walks the corridors at night checking guests comfortable; guests may hear her heavy skirt swishing as she passes the doors and spot a flickering light like that of a candle. Other ghosts reported here include a young girl seen looking from the windows of the staff quarters, a dog lying in front of what would have been the original fireplace in the bar, jangling keys, a pair of old fashioned suede boots coming through the ceiling, and a monk.

White Rabbit with Flaming Eyes

Location: Thetford - The Thetford Warren (connected to golf course)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While sounding like a Monty Python sketch, the white rabbit that has been seen running around the area has large flaming eyes and brings disaster to all that see it.

Eric

Location: Thetford - Thetford Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2005
Further Comments: The spectre of an elderly gentleman is said to wander around the picnic site in the forest - it is reported that people have spoken to him before he vanishes into thin air.

Black Cat with Glowing Eyes

Location: Thetford - Wooded areas
Type: ABC
Date / Time: April 1985
Further Comments: A large cat with eyes that glowed red was reported in the forest.

Green Eyes

Location: Thompson - Unstated road in the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2004, around midnight
Further Comments: A witness returning home by car spotted a large cat just a few metres away from a deer. He stated that he saw the perfect side profile of the creature just before it disappeared into the hedge: a long sleek body with a long tail drooping to the ground and then hooking upwards.

Flash

Location: Thorpe Market - South off the B1436
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 13 January 2012
Further Comments: A disc-like craft was observed by one witness. It had two lights which looked like windows, and a small red light towards the rear. The craft vanished in a flash of white light.

Maid

Location: Thorpe Market - Green Farm Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A regular venue for ghost hunters, this site is said to be home to a phantom maid, a monk and a farm labourer.

Bedroom Ghost

Location: Thorpe Market - Elderton Lodge Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This servant girl committed suicide after being told off - her ghost is now seen standing at the foot of beds and has been blamed for the odd cold spot on the staircase.

George

Location: Thorpe Marriott - Cold Comfort Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: This building was haunted by 'Uncle George', a blood relative of the occupants who had died a few months previous. George would bang on walls throughout the night, hold doors open, and was spotted standing at the foot of a bed.

Joseph Bexfield

Location: Thurlton - Marshes
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Bexfield drowned in August 1809, after following a Jack O'Lantern (now known to be burning marsh gas). His ghost is said to be still out on the marshes, looking for the way home.

Farmer hunting Murderer

Location: Thurne - Area of Thurne Mouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area is said to be haunted by a farmer who is trying to track down the man who killed him.

Vanishing Shuck

Location: Thurton - Near the village, precise details unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: November 1944 or 1945
Further Comments: While cycling home, a witness reported that a large black dog had leapt out in front of him, before disappearing through a solid wall.

Wolf

Location: Thurton - A146 northbound, between Ferry Road and Hall Road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 12 October 2012, approximately 20:30h
Further Comments: A taxi driver reported seeing a large, silver grey creature resembling a wolf eating something in the middle of the road. As the driver passed the creature, it looked up briefly before continuing to eat.

Voice over the Tannoy

Location: Tibenham - Old Second World War Airbase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This echoing voice has been heard on the ground here using a non-existent tannoy, barking orders at crews who died over fifty years ago. The sound is sometimes accompanied by the sound of a bomber warming up before take-off.

Giant

Location: Tilney All Saints - Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Eleventh century?
Further Comments: Tom Hickathrift, the Cambridge giant and hero, is said to have been buried here; his grave marked by a stone eight foot long.

Man in Trilby

Location: Tivetshall St Mary - Road by ruined church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 10 June 2016, around 23:00h
Further Comments: A witness who spotted a ghostly man in an old fashioned suit and trilby hat was later told the entity was a man who was killed by a car on the spot during the 1950s.

Screaming Children

Location: Trowse - White Horse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: As well as the upset children, witnesses have reported hearing footsteps along deserted corridors in the pub, and pictures have fallen from the walls without reason. The landlord claims to have managed to capture 'orbs' flying around the building on CCTV.

Marshy Bells

Location: Tunstall - Church, and marsh known as Bell Hole (and Hell Hole)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Devil once appeared in the village, stealing the church bells and sinking them into the nearby marsh. Bubbles in the marsh were said to be the result of the bells continuing to sink into the bottomless pit.

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