Haunted Places and Ghostly Sightings

Stiffkey Marshes in Norfolk

The Screaming Cockler
At Stiffkey there is a vast mudbank called the Blacknock which, in the 18th century, provided an income for the scores of women who waded out in the mud collecting the popular blue cockles. It was very dangerous work as the tide comes in extremely quickly over the flats but the local women collecting the cockles (cockling) knew this and were very aware of the dangers.

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Mannington Hall in Norfolk

Haunted Mannington Hall
Mannington Hall in Norfolk dates from 1460 in the Middle Ages and is now a Grade II listed building. It is a large moated Gothic house and has been owned by the Walpole family since the late 1700's, and although it is a private home the gardens are open to the public. The house has a fascinating history and during the late nineteenth century it was the reputed scene of one of Norfolk's best-known ghost stories.

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Chapel Street, Penzance

Ghost of Mrs Baines in Penzance
For sometime afterwards, a ghostly form of an old lady in a lace bonnet and nightclothes was often seen walking through the orchard or under the tree where she was shot and nobody would go into the orchard after dark. Her house remained empty for many years and a local vicar was asked to exorcise her spirit.

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Flying Dutchman impression

Legend of The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the world's oceans forever. The tale of a spectral sailing ship with ghostly lights and it's captain Hendrick Van der Decken is likely to have originated in the 17th century, with reported sightings made years later.

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Hatfield House Old Palace

Hatfield House Old Palace
Hatfield House is reputedly haunted by the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I, who moves around the rooms in the Old Palace part of the building and whose ghostly apparition glides along the long gallery. The apparition of a lady has been seen disappearing after leaving the Old Palace main gateway.

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Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

The Haunted Jamaica Inn
The Jamaica Inn, which is close to the bleak, windswept and desolate Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, has a long-standing reputation of being one of the most haunted places in England. It is a former 18th-century coaching inn where a number of spooky foreign voices are said to have been heard by staff and guests particularly in the Smuggler's Inn, the restaurant, the stable bar and one of the guest rooms.

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