25 October 2019
When the sun goes down and the sky darkens, the moon is full and wickedness approaches. As Halloween is just around the corner we take a look at some of the ghostly goings on in the Norfolk area. We give you this warning to beware, but please, read on…if you dare.
She Wolf of Castle Rising
Queen Isabella, who was married to (and supposedly involved in the death of) King Edward II bought Castle Rising in 1330 and lived there for twenty-five years. While the ruins of the castle are still standing today, it is best to visit in the daylight as the evil queen’s cackling laughter can still be heard around the grounds. While Queen Isabella had a number of nicknames such as Isabella the Fair, her most famous moniker is “The She-Wolf of France”. This name has taken on a life of its own from beyond the grave as many people believe the queen has the power to transform into a wolf and roam around the grounds.
Poltergeist of Sandringham
Sandringham is notably most famous as the area where the royal family spend their Christmas holidays. However, their Christmases may not be so jolly from the reports of a poltergeist in the grounds who is fond of pulling down holiday cards. On top of this, the ghoul has a habit of playing with light switches, moving clock hands freely, as well as pulling bed sheets off in the night, which is definitely not ideal in the winter weather.
Hunstanton Hall Rug Ghost
The powerful Le Strange family in the 15th and 16th Centuries presided in Hunstanton Hall. The hall has seen it’s fair share of disaster, such as two fires breaking out in 1853, and 1951. However, one of the more peculiar stories goes back even further to the 1700’s when Armine Styleman inherited the grounds. Armine had a fondness for a particular Persian rug, and on her deathbed in 1768 stated that if anything were to happen to that rug she would come back from beyond the grave. You can already see where this is going. The rug was later cut into several pieces and given to villagers nearby. Armine didn’t take too kindly to this as her spirit went into a supposed furious rage and began to haunt the hall until her rug was restored, which it eventually was. Reports have said that this is when the haunting stopped, but many believe Armine still has a presence around the area. Head over there yourself and see if you can spot her.
There is an alleyway in King’s Lynn that was once marked by the devil himself. Folklore states that the devil rose up and stomped his destructive hoof on the ground in a fit of rage when a priest came to banish him to the depths below. While the mark is no longer around on the cobbled ground, what has now since been known as Devil’s Alley still has an eerie feel to it.