Founded by Roger Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk (died 1107), the 12th century ruined Priory of St Mary at Thetford has been the site of several reported sightings of what may have been black robed cluniac monks.
Specific Location: Thetford
The site of the Priory of St George in Thetford has at least two ghost associated with it, though I am unsure of any witness reports.
The Nuns’ Bridges took their name from the nearby nunnery (the Priory of St. George) and they carry the ancient trackway known as the Icknield Way over the Little Ouse River and the River Thet in Thetford. Once the site of the towns ducking stool during the middle ages, Nun’s Bridges has a story attached to it concerning the death of a young child and his ghost.
The Haunted Heritage trail leaflet for Thetford refers to a haunting in the old King’s Arms public house, stating that ‘An old tenant still talks of when he lived in this pub as a child. One day he was sitting with his grandmother when a lady dressed in black appeared in the corner of the room.
The oldest inhabited building in Thetford, this Grade II listed building has seen some changes over the years. Originally part of a single late-medieval timber-framed house that was eventually split into No’s 1, 3 and 5 Castle Street. The oldest part of the building being being No 3 and No 5 which date back to 15th century with No 1 being added as a service wing the 16th century.
Found at 4 White Hart Street, the former White Hart Inn is now the local Tourist Information Centre. Haunting like phenomena was reported whilst the building was a pub, with unexplained footsteps being heard walking along the passageways at night. Strange experiences continue to be reported in the TIC with flickering lights and opening doors by themselves.
On 15 June 1979 a story regarding the sighting of a Himalayan or Malaysian bear seen by several witnesses on the outskirts of a wood near the A1066 at Snare Hill, appeared in the Bury Free Press, Sunderland Echo and national press.
Castle Hill (Castle Mound or Military Parade) is the remains of Thetford’s second castle, a 12th century motte and bailey castle which replaced the towns earlier 11th century Red Castle.