Greyfriars priory in Dunwich dates from the 13th century and is supposedly home to a number of ghostly monks. Lights have been seen and the sounds of chanting heard. The legendary Black Shuck was also witnessed running through the ruins in 1926.
Willo-the-Wisps, known locally as Hobby Lanterns, were once thought to linger here. They would try to lure people over the edge of the nearby cliffs. These dancing lights were supposedly most active at night between 29th September and 24th December.
Occult marks and symbols were once used in buildings to ward off witches and evil forces. This one can be seen in the Tudor Guildhall in Lavenham, Suffolk. It can be found in an upstairs room scratched into the wood above a fireplace.
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This Tudor hall is said to be haunted every Christmas Eve by a coach driven by headless horses. Another ghost is that of a lady who sometimes appears near the coach. You must never look into her eyes. If you do, you'll go mad or die!
A tree in the grounds of the hall is known as Nelson's Tree or the Hanging Tree. It was used to hang local criminals and some claim that a lady in white and a man in torn trousers and brown jacket still haunt the place where they died. Chains from the hangings are still said to be embedded in the bark. The Devil himself may appear if you decide to circle the tree six times!
In the hall is a bedroom cupboard with a burn mark in the brickwork. Legend says that the Devil made it with his cloven hoof. What he was doing in the hall has not been recorded!
A window here can never be kept shut. Even a local blacksmith's attempts to seal it failed. Finally, the phantom of a little girl has been seen gazing out of a gable window.
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I was very honoured to be the VIP guest of Don Smith and the Battlefield Trust in Gainsborough. I was there to take part in the first annual battlefield walk - Battle of Gainsborough 1643 - which was partly based on a guide I wrote to the battlefield many years ago. Here's some pics of the day!
The July issue of Psychic News sees me investigate a case involving a ghost which made British legal history. www.psychicnews.org.uk/
A person should hold their breath when walking by a graveyard or they could breathe in the spirit of a person recently buried there.
A death will soon occur in a household if a robin flies into the home through a window.
Expect a death in the family if a broken clock suddenly chimes. It was the tradition many years ago to stop any clocks in a room where someone had died. This was done as a mark of respect to the deceased.
Opening a window in the room where a person had died was thought to help the soul on its journey.
John is a TV/radio presenter and author living in Suffolk