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Gallery: Are these the top 10 spookiest places in Suffolk?

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 January 2015

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

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Suffolk has a rich history, with landmark buildings dating back thousands of years, some of which have a chequered past.

From smuggling to murder, Suffolk has seen it all, but has all of this crime and debacle left its mark? Is Suffolk home to ghosts and ghouls?

Tom Potter lists the county’s top 10 spooky places.

The Bull Hotel, Long Melford

15th century pub said to be haunted by the ghost of Richard Evered, murdered in an argument over politics in 1648 and rumoured to still walk the halls.

Dunwich

Once the capital town of Suffolk but virtually lost to the sea during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Legend says the distant sound of church bells can sometimes be heard chiming from under the waves.

Dunwich Heath is also rumoured to be haunted by a Victorian squire on horseback.

Abbas Hall, Great Cornard

Previous occupiers of this country house reported hearing footsteps and dragging noises from upstairs.

A visitor also claimed to have seen the face of an old woman looking in through the window.

The Woolpack Pub, Ipswich

Once an old smuggler’s haunt, said to be haunted by Royal Navy officer Admiral Edward Vernon who died in 1757, as well as a monk, a drowned sailor and a former bar owner.

The Crown Inn, Bildeston

15th century Inn said to be haunted by the ghost of a grey lady, two Victorian children and an old man seen sitting in a corner of the bar.

Roos Hall, Beccles

Listed building said to be among the most haunted houses in England. The “devil’s footprint” is scorched on one of its walls.

The Buttermarket shopping centre, Ipswich

Former site of Whitefriars Monastery and later WS Cowell’s print works, where employees reported seeing an old monk and hearing ghostly footsteps.

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Reports during mid 1990s of paintings turning themselves around and a Victorian woman walking through glass doors.

Polstead Rectory, near Hadleigh

Sightings of a monk walking across the nearby fields and disappearing. Previous occupants were rumoured to have been driven from the rectory by apparitions.

Rushbrooke Hall, near Bury St Edmunds

Said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman thrown into the moat during Queen Elizabeth I’s visit in 1578.

Ghostly goings-on have been reported on anniversaries of the alleged murder.

And a bonus number 11

Borley Rectory, near Sudbury

Although no longer standing, the original Borley Rectory was once claimed to be the world’s most haunted house. Skull fragments from the 17th Century were found beneath it when it burned to the ground in 1939.

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