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Weird Suffolk

While his skin could not be saved from the gallows, it could be used to bind a book telling the grisly story of the Red Barn murder trial that sent him to his death.

The waters around Orford Ness, the largest shingle bank in Europe, are famed for the secrets they hide.

Everyone has heard of haunted houses - but in Suffolk, there’s a house which itself is the ghost, appearing and disappearing in front of incredulous onlookers.

It didn’t pay to be unpopular during the Witch Trials of the 1640s and in particular, it didn’t pay to preach the Catholic liturgy at a time when doing so left you branded a “scandalous minister” or to be a Royalist in a Parliamentarian area.

It is said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – but in Boulge in Suffolk, the woman in question who haunts the village in a coach pulled by headless horses is so furious that she’s known locally as the Queen of Hell itself.

A reader has sent in a picture of a ghostly figure standing in the window of Akenham Church - can you spot it?

A small but thriving village, Hollesley’s unusual claim has been somewhat foreshadowed by the mysterious UFO sightings in nearby Rendlesham Forest where a series of unexplained lights in the sky in December 1980 became the UK’s Roswell.

Children would scurry past the gap in the hedge to the east of All Saints Church in Icklingham, through the gap was a path which, according to local legend, belonged to a witch and her ghostly white rabbit – and if you caught sight of her, she would claim your soul.

In the fairytales, the creature lurking beneath the bridge ready to claim the souls of unsuspecting passers-by was a troll.

There’s little more quintessentially English than a village hall, it’s the heart of a community, a hub for social activities, the place where parish business is conducted and where villagers gather together.

Here be dragons – or rather here were dragons, back in 1449.

It’s a growing mystery with a story set in stone.

In medieval times, Dunwich was a thriving rival to London, the capital of East Anglia, a town filled with riches: and then, a series of great storms and coastal erosion turned it into Britain’s Atlantis.

It’s a fishy tale about a fish-tailed woman whose misery led her to lure others to an untimely end.

Christchurch Mansion boasts several impressive collections, notably paintings by Constable and Gainsborough, but it also has a hauntingly phantastic collection of ghosts.

In folklore there are the gossamer-winged folk who live at the bottom of the garden and create magical rings of mushrooms with a touch of fairy dust.

It may be God’s house, but it’s said that the Devil lives at Akenham Church near Ipswich, and that he can be woken from his infernal sleep by anyone brave enough to risk his ire.

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