Weird Suffolk

Who is the strange Lantern Man of Buxhall and what is he looking for on cold, dark nights?

How stones in Suffolk were thought to be an insurance policy against catching the plague in medieval times (Spoiler: they didn't work).

The Wildman of Orford: "It happened that some fishermen, fishing in the sea there, caught in their nets a merman…" Just who - or what - was the mysterious creature which emerged from the sea off the Suffolk coast?

"Can you help me? Something has been bothering me at night and I have a baby."

A host of ghosts at a Bungay pub include a one that breaks wind, another that snaps bra straps AND a chap called Tom Hardy - is this Suffolk's most haunted inn?

In the 18th century, something strange appeared in Melton - a donkey-headed shuck which, when trapped, nipped its captor and vanished.

They are the pebble-hunter's Holy Grail, the all-seeing eyes that protect us from nightmares and witches. Weird Suffolk looks at witch stones - the pebbles with holes all the way through them - and finds out the folklore that surrounds them.

It begins as a textbook haunting: the spirit even looks like a cartoon ghost, draped in a sheet. But the Rattlesden Rectory ghost was hiding a spectral secret: beneath the sheet it was completely naked and as a witness watched in horror, it began to move towards him in "a crouching posture"…

The Witchcatcher General's shadow was cast over the coastal town of Suffolk and the legacy left by Matthew Hopkins condemned another poor lady to an early grave.

It was a spellbinding discovery made during building work that led to possible poltergeist activity when mummified or "dried" cats found hidden in a roof space in Fakenham Magna were removed to a new address where they appeared to come back to life.

Most of us are familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who lured rats and then children away from the German town after townsfolk reneged on their promise to rid them of their rodent infestation. But have you heard of the musical rat-catchers of Beccles?

Did the Devil stop building work in East Bergholt? The story of the Suffolk church whose tower was scuppered by Satan

The terrifying accounts of a "sneering" ghost that stalks the coast road between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft which some drivers claim they have driven through as he watches them at the wheel.

In Weird Suffolk's history of mysteries, sightings of UFOs remain high on the list of unsolved phenomena. In the winter of 2008, strange lights were spotted in the sky above Bury St Edmund's Cathedral - was it a UFO or an early visit from Father Christmas?

Accused of black magic by villagers in Wickham Skeith, the man said to have driven two people mad demanded that he was given a trial where he would sink or swim - meet Isaac Stebbings, who suggested his own witch ducking.

Did you know that Suffolk boasts its very own Bigfoot? The legend of the wild man (and woman) and where you can come face-to-face with the Suffolk Sasquatch

"Kettles, a table and sofa moved by invisible hand and, terrifyingly, knives would fly from cupboards and stick in Ellen's hair…" the restless spirit that plagued a family from Bramford.

"A customer stood by the till and said they felt someone, or something, touching their shoulder..." Has a shop in Brandon caught evidence of a ghost on CCTV?

Blythburgh is teeming with stories which could keep Weird Suffolk busy for months: from Black Shuck to Black Toby, a ghostly highwayman to an eerie woman in white. "The most unsettling place I've been to," said our photographer.

Most haunted airfields are derelict, overgrown and deserted - but the ghosts that walk amongst the living at RAF Honington do so on a very active base. From the famous smoking ghost to a gibbet casting its curse over the centuries, the Suffolk base is a paranormal hotspot.

It's a Suffolk shaggy dog story that has been passed down through generations. Black Shuck is a regular visitor to Suffolk, and on this occasion we visit Barham to discover how a late-night walk home became a terrifying race with a dog sent from hell.

Wringing her hands and wailing, the tragic ghost waits on the cliffs for her drowned husband to finally come home to her. Today, the tragic story of Crazy Mary's Hole in Pakefield.

The strange tale of the ghost hedge in Southwold which appeared on a dark night and vanished without trace within minutes.

We have previously shared the story of the ghost in chains who haunts Denham's St Mary's church - today, Denham is back under the spectral spotlight as we take a closer look at Denham Hall and the area surrounding it.

The tormented spirit of a girl murdered as a witch who haunts Denham in the chains she was drowned in.

She's Fornham St Genevieve's very own bogeywoman, a shadowy figure that lurks close to the ghost gates of a country estate which no longer exists, but which was built on the bloodied grounds where thousands lost their lives.

The haunting tale of the Brantham ghost who was pleasant by name and by nature but who met a brutal end after becoming embroiled in a love triangle with two brothers

When the hooded ghost at a Victorian hotel on Lowestoft's High Street pays a visit, he brings a blast of icy weather with him. Weird Suffolk investigate the story of the ghostly monk and rumours of underground tunnels and secret passageways.

A white hell hound stalking a hill belonging to a water-loving demon - it's double jeopardy for anyone daring to walk late at night in Burgh near St Botolph's Church in Suffolk.

Eighty years ago this week, England's most haunted house was gutted by fire. Weird Suffolk venture across the border to tell the terrifying tale of Borley Rectory and its fiery end.

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