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Suffolk Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Dagworth - The house of Sir Osberni de Bradewelle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1189-1199
Further Comments: Malekin would converse with the family of Sir Osberni de Bradewelle, sharing people's secrets and humouring householders in the voice of a one year old child. The entity would speak in both English and Latin, and while Malekin could be heard and felt, he only appeared once; manifesting as a child dressed in a white tunic to a woman who agreed not to try and touch him. Malekin claimed that he had been born in Lavenham, removed from a field after being left there by his mother, and he had a hat which made him invisible.

Treasure Protector

Location: Dallinghoo - High gate post - exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this ghost, other than he is said to protect a hoard of treasure, and twelve clergymen failed to exorcise him. Maybe the clergymen were more successful than they believed - the legend dates to at least 1893, but in April 2008 a hoard of golden coins were discovered in farmland in the village.

Flitting Woman

Location: Dallinghoo - Lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: A widow by the name of Shawe was said to have killed herself by slitting her throat, after which she took to the lanes in the area, flitting around without visible feet.


Location: Darsham - Low Road / The Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Two separate witnesses were said to have seen a monk-like figure on different occasions in a garden close to the church. It is speculated that the phantom is somehow connected to Leiston Abbey.

Nailed Spirit

Location: Debenham - Barley House (unknown if building still exists)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - pre 1892
Further Comments: A large horseshoe which was once nailed to the ceiling of this building was said to contain a spirit, exorcised by a large team of clergymen.

Water Man

Location: Debenham - Pond in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - pre 1892
Further Comments: The ghost of a male haunted the area surrounding the pond. A clergyman placed a rushlight (a type of candle made from the rush plant) into the water and declared the phantom could not return until the light had burnt out.

Tall Man in Hat

Location: Debenham - Road through village
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 04 January 1973
Further Comments: After colliding with a cloak-clad gentleman, a van driver then observed the spectral figure running along a nearby grass verge.

Monk and Friends

Location: Denham St Mary - Denham Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century?
Further Comments: Several shades haunt this area, including a phantom monk who walks around an old path and a ghostly woman seen stepping from the church gate.


Location: Dennington - Queen's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Nicknamed Albert by the owners, this phantom can be heard pacing up and down above the bar area.

Piano Playing

Location: Denston - Plumber's Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1982-2003
Further Comments: Poltergeist activities were experienced over a 21 year period, which including pictures being removed or thrown from walls, a self-playing piano, and footsteps heard along the landing. An older man also manifested in one of the bedrooms.

The remaining buttress of All Saint's Church, Dunwich.

End of War

Location: Dunwich - All Saint's Church (only a buttress remains)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre-1918
Further Comments: A villager was told an old book contained a story that a ruined tower on the cliffs would fall at the end of the 'greatest war in history'. The tower of All Saint's Church fell four years after the First World War ended (the buttress was saved and is now in St James' Church, pictured).

White Figure

Location: Dunwich - Area around the 'red stile', between Dunwich and Heveningham. Area aka Devil's Field or Lane.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1924
Further Comments: This pale phantom was described as wearing a white veil or having black patches around the head. One brave man touched the entity and went numb down his right side. A large black hound-like creature was also reported in the area, and a clanking chain heard.

Cliff paths near Dunwich friary in Suffolk.


Location: Dunwich - Cliff paths near the friary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a man is said to walk along these paths, looking for his wife who many believe eloped with another.

Dunwich beach.

Elizabethan Sailor

Location: Dunwich - Coastline
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly figure slowly walks down to the sea before hopping into his boat and taking sail.

A road through Dunwich, Suffolk.

Herds of Cows

Location: Dunwich - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Herds of invisible grazing animals were once heard by locals moving along the roads in this area. The creatures are also said to be heard on the beach, where green pastures once lay.

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk.

Squire on Horseback

Location: Dunwich - Heathland in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Riding his fastest racehorse, this phantom landowner charges around the heathland worrying the locals.

Paths in Dunwich, Suffolk.

Hobby Lanterns

Location: Dunwich - Paths around Dunwich
Type: Other
Date / Time: Pre-1924, said to be most active between 29 September and 24 December
Further Comments: Will-o-the-Wisps, known locally as Hobby Lanterns, were said to lure people off the paths at night after extinguishing the victim's own light source.

Greyfriars ruins, Dunwich.

Franciscan Monks

Location: Dunwich - Ruins of Greyfriars
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Monks unknown, shuck in 1926
Further Comments: The monks walk the ruins on the Dunwich coastline, a reminder of the loss of the many churches that have been taken by sea erosion since the twelfth century. Disembodied children's laughter has also been heard on the beach, too late at night to belong to mortal youngsters. Finally, a large phantom dog was seen around the ruins in 1926.

Former leper colony, Dunwich.

Malformed Shadows

Location: Dunwich - Ruins of the Leper colony in the graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former leper hospital, now ruins in the churchyard, is said to be home to strangely shaped shadows.

The coastline of Dunwich, Suffolk.

Church Bells

Location: Dunwich - Sea
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a busy port town, sea erosion has reduced this location to only a few dozen houses. The church that once stood on the cliffs has been washed out to sea, and it is said the bells still ring on still moonless nights. Divers exploring the ruins of the old town that once stood on the cliffs have often reported a strange feeling that they are not alone under the sea.

Heartbroken Man

Location: Dunwich - Woodland in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Helena Walk sighting 18 November 2011
Further Comments: The brother of the lord of the manor fell in love with a serving girl who worked at Grey Friars. Prevented from ever seeing her again, the man died of a broken heart; his phantom now walks through the woodland paths. A couple walking along the Helena's Walk Trail in 2011 spotted a pair of disembodied legs following them a short distance behind. The legs were covered by dark trousers and boots and vanished behind a tree.

Black Clothed Man

Location: Dunwich - Work site along the cliff
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 15 January 2022, 07:15h
Further Comments: A man in black wearing a hood, spotted while a witness parked a work van, moved behind a static lodge caravan close to the wedge of the cliffs and vanished. An immediate search of the area began and lasted for thirty minutes but no person could be found.

The bell house at East Bergholt church, Suffolk.

Missing Steeple

Location: East Bergholt - Church
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Bell house still stands
Further Comments: Night after night, during the construction of the church, the Devil appeared and pulled down the steeple. The builders finally gave up building the tower, and the bells now stand in a little bell house.

Old Friary, East Bergholt.

Wispy Figures

Location: East Bergholt - Old Friary (now Old Hall)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Used during the Second World War as a barracks, the soldiers reported doors that would open and close themselves. One 18 year old awoke to find a ghostly figure trying to strangle him - within 24 hours the soldier's hair had turned from jet black to white.

The Hare and Hounds Inn, East Bergholt.


Location: East Bergholt - The Hare and Hounds Inn
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Little is known about the history of this public house ghost, other than its nickname of 'Fred' and its habit of slamming doors.

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