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Suffolk Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Floating Shadow

Location: Stratford St Mary - Tenterfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984-1994
Further Comments: During her ten years of occupancy, this witness stated that shadows would float through consecutive rooms, unnerving those who witnessed them. The building is reputed to have once been a makeshift hospital for injured soldiers.

Blond Haired Alien

Location: Sudbury - A1092 between Long Melford and Haverhill
Type: UFO
Date / Time: September 1982
Further Comments: Rosalind Reynolds was abducted from her car by a tall alien with messy blond hair accompanied by several classic greys. She claims that after the event she developed a psychic talent for foreseeing disasters.

Woman in Satin

Location: Sudbury - Brundon Hall, near Sudbury
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late eighteenth / early nineteenth centuries
Further Comments: This ghost was often seen knocking on a blue slab on the floor in the house before disappearing. Curious owners removed the stone - it led to a vault containing several skeletons and much gold, though no one could explain why the site existed.

Large Black Cat

Location: Sudbury - Henny Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 28 September 2010, 05:30h
Further Comments: While driving home this witness watched a large black cat, 'as large as a Boxer dog', run from out of a hedge into the car headlights. The creature continued to run along the road for a short distance before vanishing into another hedge.

Mummified Feline

Location: Sudbury - Mill Hotel
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: If removed, this cat is said to bring ill fortune to the building and the occupiers. When the cat was first discovered (before the mill became a hotel), it was sold to a nearby shop. The shop burned down, so the cat came back has stayed ever since.

Water Dragon

Location: Sudbury - River Stour
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Early 1400s
Further Comments: This crested monster came from out of the local river and terrorised Sudbury and the neighbouring villages. Eventually, all the townsfolk gathered and chased the beast back into the river.

St. Gregory's Church, Sudbury.


Location: Sudbury - St. Gregory's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1381 onwards?
Further Comments: After Simon was murdered in 1381, the former archbishop of Canterbury's head was removed and buried here after being displayed in the Tower of London. He has reportedly been seen in the church. Simon's shade could also be to blame for the disembodied footsteps that also haunt the church.

Procession of Warriors

Location: Sutton - Sutton Hoo
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Once making a frequent appearance, early Anglo-Saxon fighters had been seen on what later turned out to be a large burial mound. A Spiritualist, Mrs Pretty, attended a seance where a black phantom warrior on a black horse with a drawn sword appeared, telling her to dig at the mounds.

Syleham Lights

Location: Syleham - Marshes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: The area around this village was once home to ghostly lights (most likely combusting marsh gas) that danced around at night.

White Lady

Location: Tangham - Forest
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century
Further Comments: A man driving a horse and cart through the woods was startled by the appearance of a white lady on the seat next to him - she vanished as he drove past the last tree of the forest. This story could be an early version of the phantom hitchhiker tales.

A field in Thornham, Suffolk.

The Pink Lady

Location: Thornham - Field near the camp site
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning from a penny reading in the reading room, Emma Berry drowned in the village stream. Her shade walks her final route...

Lord Henniker's Gravel Driveway in Thornham, Suffolk.

Horse & Cart on Driveway

Location: Thornham - Lord Henniker's Gravel Driveway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The present Lord's father told stories of hearing horses and wheels on the gravel driveway; on investigation, there was nothing ever seen.

Old Lady with Young Daughter

Location: Thornham Magna - The Four Horseshoes Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown when last seen, last activity reported 18 March 2006
Further Comments: Stories of the pair of ghosts in this building date back hundreds of years, though their personal history is unknown. A witness sleeping at the inn reported strange banging waking them up, just prior to their TV set switching itself on.

Two Monks

Location: Thornham Parva - Road heading towards the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: A male witness reported cycling home towards the village at one night when he passed by two hooded figures in monks' garb and a white dog. The two figures raised a hand and wished the man goodnight, but when he directly looked at the pair, the witness realised the inside of the hoods were empty - the monks had no heads.

Off the coast of Thorpeness, Suffolk.

Creature with Many Humps

Location: Thorpeness - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1931
Further Comments: Witnessed by three women sitting on a lawn, this sixty-foot long sea creature with an estimated thirty humps was said to move at great speed.

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 area.


Location: Unknown - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: November 1750
Further Comments: A five foot (1.5 metre) long creature found in the sea was described as having a head like a dog, beard like a lion, tail of a fawn, and four hand-like fins. A contemporary account of the encounter stated the creature was most likely a bearded seal.

Anchor Inn, Walberswick.


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.

Bell Inn, Walberswick.


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 coastal village of Walberswick, Suffolk.

The Walberswick Whistle

Location: Walberswick - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The strange high pitched sound known as the Walberswick Whistle is believed to emerge from a nearby group of holes, scaring animals and unnerving people. Different stories attribute the source of the noise to varying legends; the most likely candidate is the wind whipping around underground caverns, though some still believe the whistling are the screams of a woman who became lost in the caves deep below the village.

The river running through Walberswick.

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.

Road running through Walberswick.

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.

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