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Video: This Halloween we ask ‘is Suffolk really haunted?’

17:45 30 October 2014

A creepy Halloween scene from yesteryear

A creepy Halloween scene from yesteryear

Captivating stories of green children appearing in Woolpit and mysterious sightings of a solitary soldier at Landguard Fort have been made into a series of films as part of a new bid to draw tourists to Suffolk.

Visit Suffolk hope their latest digital campaign, #TheOtherSide, will highlight lesser-known aspects of this fascinating county.

They have worked in partnership with FILM Suffolk to use a variety of different approaches to create these short, intriguing films, which are being published on social media.

Visitors can also log onto the Visit Suffolk website and take a trip around the map of Suffolk seeking out tales to watch on film and using them to plan their own personal itinerary, visiting the various locations for themselves.

One of the stories focuses on mysterious sightings of a solitary soldier at Landguard Fort, which is believed to be haunted by several spirits, including a Portuguese woman whose husband died there. T

The fort has existed, in one form or another, since 1543, and sits on the mouth of the River Orwell at Felixstowe.

Other strange or grisly tales include the ‘Green Children of Woolpit’ – two children of unusual skin colour who reportedly appeared in the Suffolk village. The brother and sister also spoke an unknown language and would only eat beans.

While in Polstead, the Georgian murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn is as notorious today as it was when it was committed almost 200 years ago.

On Suffolk’s north east coast is Dunwich, formerly the early medieval capital of East Anglia. Dunwich is now a small village – the remainder of the town having been claimed by the sea. Local legend says that at certain tides church bells can be heard beneath the waves.

For more Haloween news and events, visit our autumn page here
Have you got a spooky tale about Suffolk? Share your stories below or email us

3 comments

  • Must be a slow news week.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Haven't seen anything myself, but I have heard quite a few tales of reported sightings and strange goings-on around Adastral Park and Martlesham Heath. Seems to be a lot to do with the old aerodrome.

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    Captain Z

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • There is absolutely NO evidence that "ghosts" exist but it is jolly good news that local legends and folklore are being passed on to the next generation of native Suffolk children.

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    Steve Blake

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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