Acle Straight (A47)

The A47 that links Great Yarmouth with Norwich is said to be the most haunted road in East Anglia. It is a long straight road for 9 miles, and is a road that has had a number of fatalities over the years. Wirth marshes and wetland each side of the road, it is a beautiful route cutting through the broads.

The Acle Straight has a long history of regular reported hauntings, and strange and unexplained happenings which have no relation to events, driving incidents or conditions.

The most well-known report of paranormal activity on the road is that of a car driver passing the turning for Halvergate whilst heading towards Acle who saw a middle-aged man suddenly walk out across the middle of the road from the right-hand side. This happened so quickly that the driver had no time to stop and, despite his efforts and with the figure turning towards and looking at him, his car drove straight ‘through’ him. There was no physical evidence of any vehicle and pedestrian accident afterwards.

A phantom horse and cart moving across the road directly in front of oncoming vehicles is also commonly seen, and of car drivers suddenly feeling the need to perform an emergency stop at various places along the road for no obvious reason.

A strange figure with no visible face has sometimes been seen standing at the side of the road.

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Leiston Abbey, Suffolk

Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, England, was a religious house of Canons Regular following the Premonstratensian rule (White canons), dedicated to St. Mary. Founded in c. 1183 by Ranulf de Glanville (c. 1112-1190), Chief Justiciar to King Henry II (1180-1189).

it was originally built on a marshland isle near the sea, and was called “St Mary de Insula” (known today as the ‘Old Abbey’. Around 1363 the abbey suffered so much from flooding that a new site was chosen and it was rebuilt further inland for its patron, Robert de Ufford. However there was a great fire in c. 1379 and further rebuilding was necessary.

The (New) Abbey is riddled with stories of haunting, paranormal activity and mysteries. One of the most interesting is from 2014 when the bones of a 7ft dog. This huge dog was dug up by archaeologists who were digging at the site. Local claims the remains are the famous demonic ‘Black Shuck’, the dogs final resting place.

In addition to this, a number of people claim to have heard chanting, and have witnessed strange shadows against the backdrop of the ruins at night.

St Andrews church, covehithe

Covehithe, perhaps more commonly infamous for its rapid rates of erosion, but home to a very special little Church. It wasn’t always so little.

St Andrews church in the Suffolk village of Covehithe is a very peculiar church in an exposed position on the Suffolk coast. St Andrew’s was once a glorious medieval building, but by 1672 the inhabitants were finding the upkeep of their grand church too difficult, so they got permission to remove the roof and build a much smaller thatched church within the ruins. So, in essence, you have a church built within a church.

The bulk of the medieval church was built in the 15th century by the incumbent, William Yarmouth, who prevailed upon his friends for money to rebuild the earlier church on this site. The striking tower was used as a landmark for sailors along the coast.

By the late 17th century it was clear that the small community of Covehithe could not sustain the large medieval church. A new, much smaller church was built within the walls of the medieval building, reusing the medieval stones. Both the north and south doorways come from the original medieval building, but the east window is Victorian.

The small church is still in use, but the tower is no more than a wonderful landmark, and the interior is usually inaccessible. The tower dates to the 14th century, though the body of the church was probably much earlier.

The church has a long history of spooky tales, especially the graveyard at night. Those ruins old a faceless female apparition reputedly haunts and strange sounds have been heard from the tower after dark.

E.A.P.I. NEWS

As most of you people know it is E.A.P.I.’s policy to not get involved with personal issues between members of this group or people within the paranormal field. Unless E.A.P.I. are directly and personally involved. We most certainly don’t concern ourselves with witch hunts against people or teams. Now that being said if anyone is thinking of using any E.A.P.I. group a battleground then please think again as you will be removed and banned. 

What do I mean about directly and personally involved that means having the police come to my house. To ask me questions about any situation and only then will E.A.P.I. be involved as it would be official.

Thetford Priory

Thetford Priory is a Cluniac monastic house in Thetford, Norfolk, and is one of the most important East Anglian monasteries, Thetford Priory was founded in 1103 by Roger Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, and dedicated to Our Lady. In the 13th century, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in a vision to locals requesting the addition to the site of a Lady Chapel. During its construction, the old statue of her on the site was discovered to have a hollow in its head concealing saints’ relics, and became a magnet for pilgrims.

Its ruins (including the lower walls of the church and cloister, along with the impressive shell of the priors’ lodging and, reached by a pathway from the main site, an almost complete 14th-century gatehouse) are open to the public as an English Heritage Site. 

The Ruins are said to be very haunted, and was also featured in the television series ‘Ghosthunters’. The most famous sighting occurred in 1987 when Christian Jensen-Romer (age 18) and three of his friends watched through an archway as a monk descended some stairs. When they approached, the monk and the stairs they were no longer there. The teens went cold when approaching the figure and one threw up in fear. There has been countless other sightings ever since. 

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Felbrigg Hall is a 17th-century country house in North Norfolk, maintained by the National Trust. The house is noted for its Jacobean architecture and Georgian interior. 

William Windham inherited the Hall in 1749. In 1809 a fire broke out in a friend’s London library. William couldn’t bear to see the books burn and risked his life rescuing precious volumes. He was badly injured in the flames and died a few weeks later. But his ghost is still seen in the library at Felbrigg catching up on his reading. Staff and volunteers report seeing William sitting at the library table or relaxing in a library chair.

If you visit, you will find a large photograph hanging on the wall in one of the rooms downstairs. It is a photograph taken showing a ghost on the landing just outside the Library. A young woman stands with her mouth open in shock, her book and candlestick dropped in fear at the sight of the spectre by the panelled door, a shadowy figure whose face is cloaked by fabric and who appears to be pointing towards the woman on the stairs. The women in the photograph are Gertrude and Marion Ketton, the shocked woman is thought to be Gertrude, the ‘ghost’ being her sister. It’s thought the picture was taken in the 1870s or 1880s and within years, both sisters were dead. Some believe they had been poisoned by the toxic wallpaper which covered the attic: arsenic was a key ingredient in the shade Paris Green, a Victorian pigment which was fashionable at the time and often used in inks and textile dyes. 

Warren Lodge, Thetford

Dated to about 1400, this was a fortress to stop rabbits. After being reintroduced by the Normans, rabbits became a luxury item in 15th-century. They were prized for both their meat and fur. Landowners feared armed bands of violent bunny poachers so much they constructed impenetrable lodges and employed a resident “warrener” to tend to and defend their precious fluffy-tailed resource.

With three-foot thick walls, defensive arrow slits, and once-barred windows, it’s a testament to the value landowners and poachers alike once attributed to rabbits. Inevitably, the intrinsic value of rabbits fell as the captive critters escaped their guardians and bred, as they do, in the wider countryside. Most warren lodges were abandoned by the 18th century. However, Thetford Warren Lodge was in continuous use as a place to store and dry rabbit skins until it was damaged by fire in 1935. Its late survival is thanks to the sandy soil of the Breckland, which is not well suited for commercial agriculture. Rabbits and flint remained the lifeblood of the local economy until the 20th century.

Legend has it that a giant spectral white rabbit with glowing red eyes haunts this place. According to documented history, this horror bunny foretells the impending doom of all who see it. In addition to the supernatural bunny, the lodge was once a leper’s house, and is haunted by the ghost of a man.

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

Reported as the most haunted place in Suffolk, this is certainly an amazing place to explore and full of ghostly tales and sightings. There are a large number of spirits said to occupy the fort, and many a visitor reports being touched, difficulty breathing, hearing strange noises and even seeing apparitions.

Their staff have become used to the activity there, one ticket officer thrown into the middle of the tunnel. The room being empty, but the fort has many areas with paranormal activity.

The Holland Bastion has a ghostly musketeer which was seen during the Second World War, walking from the fort towards the current day right battery. Soldiers at the time weren’t keen to patrol that part of the building. Dogs behave very strangely there even today. 

The Chapel Bastion is haunted by a plague victim who died in 1770, imprisoned because he brought back a plague from India and was locked in to stop him spreading the disease. One of the most famous tales is of a family from the 95th Rifles re-enactment group, who were staying overnight in the Chapel Bastion. They were woken twice in the early hours several years ago by the sound of a woman moaning and muttering in a foreign language but found no-one.

There is said to be a Portuguese woman ghost whose paymaster sergeant husband was executed by firing squad for leaving the fort without permission. ? He’d done so to protest her innocence after she was accused of stealing a lace handkerchief.

Other sightings include the image of a sailor looking out of a top window visible from the road, strange lights, the sensation of being pushed on the top floors, a spectral stallion seen during the Second World War and even some phantom steps. Another, hanged himself from a hook in the magazine corridor ceiling, which can still be seen.

The Swan Hotel, Lavenham, Suffolk

The Swan Hotel sits in the beautiful Suffolk countryside between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds. The hotel itself has received a Four Star AA rating. During the 19th Century, the hotel was a popular coaching inn. A housekeeper who once lived their back fell pregnant out of wedlock. The baby’s father was happy to marry the lady under the circumstances and promised to look after them both. However, on the wedding day the gentleman had second thoughts and left the pregnant lady standing at the altar. It is said that after that she became inconsolable and very depressed. What is now room 7 in the Swan Hotel was once the housekeeping quarters, and it is said that the poor woman was found hanging in this room by one of the Inn’s workers.

Her ghost is experienced by many who stay in this room, even despite of the fact the room has been refurbished several times. As well as many sightings by guests, strange sounds, impresses of someone sitting on the bed, feet being ticked, one of the hotel security guards also came into contact with her one night and was terrified running away as fast as he could.

Brook Red Lion Hotel, Colchester

The Red Lion Hotel, is a 15th century coaching inn, built in 1465 in Colchester. Colchester of course is the UK’s oldest recorded town. This historical building still has its original Tudor features, and wooden beams throughout, as well as the original rooms. Such is its historical importance, the inn is now a Grade I listed building.

The Red Lion Hotel has a history rich in documented paranormal activity.

Three main spirits occupy the hotel. Alice Catherine Millar is the most famous, who was murdered in the hotel in 1638. There have been reports of her ghost as far back as the 1800’s. Her ghost was so terrifying to the owner of the inn back then, he had the door to her old room bricked up. It may have also been the room in which she was murdered. He had hoped that blocking the door to her old room would put a stop to the haunting, but it failed. Alice continued to haunt the inn, and still does to this day.

Guests and staff over the years has reported seeing Alice’s apparition mostly in room’s 5, 6, and 10. She has also been seen in the kitchen, and walking to her old room and through the blocked wall where her door once stood. On one occasion, the assistant manager was asleep in his room when he was suddenly awoken in the middle of the night from what he said felt like a strong bolt of electricity through his body. As he gazed around the room, he saw an old rocking chair begin to rock back and forward. To his amazement he witnessed a woman slowly appear on the chair. She then spoke to him and asked if he was alright. When he answered yes, she disappeared.

Also at the Inn, is a hooded monk whom is mostly seen during the early hours. Often witnessed around reception and the corridors. He’s believed to be the ghost of a monk who died in a fire at the inn several hundred years ago. He is reported to have been trying to save some children that were in his care when he himself perished.

The third ghost at the hotel is of a small boy. He has been seen numerous times in the parliament room, and mostly by children. He has been caught several times appearing in photos taken by guests too.

E.A.P.I. 10 Year Anniversary

Let’s roll the clock back to April 2010 when an idea was born. Back then, we wasn’t known as E.A.P.I. but the concept was there. Like most paranormal teams we started out as a group of friends with the same passion. As a team we would go to supposed haunted locations mainly out door locations such as Sparrows Nest in Lowestoft. As a team we was homing our skills and working as one unit. Then out of the blue we started was getting contacted by people asking us to investigate their homes. (private investigations). Yes the team had many years experiences between them but this was an entirely different experience. We was now being trusted and this was a big change for us. Unfortunately like most teams, we all wanted to take the group in different directions through different views and opinions which can only be expected in any newly formed group. So the team as it was back then, was dissolved and in 2014 Gary and Sharon formed what you all know now as E.A.P.I. Once again it was back to outdoor locations creating a team that could work as one unit. With Gary’s passion and Sharon’s drive it wasn’t long before E.A.P.I. was being asked to do public events. 

Wow public events, yet any other big step for us all at E.A.P.I. Throughout the years E.A.P.I. have had the honour of working alongside some of the best within the paranormal field. Also the honour of picking up paranormal awards along the way. We’ve also as a team worked with some great people that have brought different ideas to the group. So on closing Gary and Sharon would like to thank team members past and present for their contribution in making E.A.P.I. what it is today. Also to all the special guests that have given their time to attend our public events. Last but not LEST is a big thank you to all you people that have attended our public events and supported us for these 10 years. This story hasn’t ended and still continues, so here is the future to E.A.P.I. Gary and Sharon Founders of E.A.P.I.

EAPI Award Winning. Farewell to 2019

As we say farewell to 2019, we would like to take this opportunity to look back, and reflect on what has been an incredible year for EAPI. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate these achievements than the announcement that the Paranormal Society World Awards had given the ‘Best Event’ Award to EAPI. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who helped make this happen. EAPI prides itself on running ‘Real’ investigations which are not manipulated in anyway, and ensure that all participates are fully involved, respected and given input into all investigations whilst keeping prices and numbers as low as possible to only cover costs. 

Whilst EAPI strongly believes in running traditional ways of running paranormal investigations, using our senses, feelings with classic Victorian proven methods, we also understand that people love technology and gadgets. Whilst we would never rely on such technology or assume anything paranormal with them, we also recognise their great importance in providing supporting evidence. Where human senses and technology are combined, together, they can greatly improve evidence to any paranormal activity.

So with this in mind, EAPI wanted to also be at the cutting edge. We have invested heavily in brand new equipment and surveillance systems, this was only possible through our affiliation with UKGE who we are very grateful for provided donations to take EAPI to the next level. Some equipment such as the SLS Kinect camera system will be tested for the first time by EAPI, at next year’s events.

As you all know, EAPI never and has never been run as a profit making venture,  in fact, as a non-profit group EAPI often ends up running events at a loss with its owners. Gary and Sharon have quite simply only ever run the group for Love, and to encourage others to get into this fascinating field. Therefore on the announcing they had won a second award ‘Best Duo’, sent an electric charge of emotions down our spines. Thank you! Just Simply Thank you for supporting us during 2019. We hope you are as excited as we are for 2020.

Letheringham Water Mill, Suffolk

Letheringham Water Mill in Woodbridge has a dark history and has been studied by a number of paranormal investigators. Whilst looking picturesque and used on the cover of many postcards, a terrible double murder took place. In 1698, the mill owner and his son, John Bullard, were left hog tied to a beam in the mill, after being butchered by an Axe. The following year, Jonas Snell was hanged for their murder. 
Not only is the mill reported as haunted, and strange paranormal activity exists, but the woods were Jonas Snell was hanged known as Potsford Wood gibbet, is also very active. Many people reported that they have turned to find a mysterious figure in black standing behind them, and are horrified to see that beneath its dark cloak there is nothing more than a grimacing, hollow – eyed skull staring at them; this has been reported at night as well as day. The woods was a infamous hanging site, with Jonas Snell being the last person executed there.

Redoubt Fort, Essex

The Redoubt was built between 1808 and 1810 to protect the port of Harwich against the threat of Napoleonic invasion. It was part of the scheme that included the construction of 29 Martello Towers on the East Anglian coast. The Redoubt is of circular shape, approximately 200 ft in diameter, with a central parade ground of 85 ft diameter. Hoists lifted shells from the lower level to the gun emplacements. It is similar in design to earlier redoubts at Dymchurch and Eastbourne.

Though difficult to imagine as it is now surrounded by houses, when the Redoubt was built it was on a hill top with free views in all directions. A house was demolished to make way for the Redoubt, and a large elm tree – used by ships as a navigational mark – was also removed. It is said that French prisoners of war were made to help in the construction.

One of the most haunted locations in Essex, the fort is home to a number of spirits.. Apparitions have been seen through the windows and unexplained footsteps have been heard. Some people have even reported being touched by unseen hands.

It is reported that in 1972 a soldier was decapitated by a cable attached to a 12-ton cannon which broke under the strain. The soldier has been reported to be walking within the grounds of the fort headless and sometimes with his head tucked under his arms. 
Other apparitions and been seen and mysterious noises, hot and cold spots have all been documented. 

Framlingham Castle, Suffolk

Framlingham Castle is a castle in the market town of Framlingham in Suffolk in England. An early motte and bailey or ringwork Norman castle was built on the Framlingham site by 1148, but this was destroyed by Henry II of England in the aftermath of the revolt of 1173–4. Its replacement, constructed by Roger Bigod, the Earl of Norfolk, was unusual for the time in having no central keep, but instead using a curtain wall with thirteen mural towers to defend the centre of the castle. Despite this, the castle was successfully taken by King John in 1216 after a short siege. By the end of the 13th century, Framlingham had become a luxurious home, surrounded by extensive parkland used for hunting.

The castle has given rise to some very strange stories indeed – chilling tales of mysterious faces, ghostly footsteps and disembodied screams, heard by staff echoing through the castle’s downstairs rooms. As recently as the summer of 2013, reports of children’s voices coming from the empty courtyard have been made, with many visitors saying that it sounded as though they were playing.

Orford Castle, Suffolk

Orford Castle (AKA The Fortress of the Dead) is a castle in the village of Orford, Suffolk, with views over the Orford Ness. It was built between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II of England to consolidate royal power in the region. The well-preserved keep, described by historian R. Allen Brown as “one of the most remarkable keeps in England”, is of a unique design and probably based on Byzantine architecture. The keep still stands among the earth-covered remains of the outer fortifications.

The chapel in Orford Castle is directly above the shop where staff have heard the sound of heavy footsteps walking on the floor above, as if someone is pacing backwards and forwards. They believe they are those of Philip Wimar, the Chaplain of the chapel. On the main spiral staircase staff and visitors have smelled ale. The smell doesn’t linger and tends to have already disappeared by the time another member of staff is sent to check it out.

Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire was abandoned by its builders in the middle of construction, leaving behind a building that appears complete from the outside, but with floors, plaster and whole rooms missing inside. It has remained in this state since the mid-1870s.

The mansion’s creator William Leigh bought the Woodchester Park estate for £100,000 in 1854, demolishing an existing house on the site known as “Spring Park”, which had been home to the Ducie family.

It is a Gothic masterpiece, with sinister and oppressive spirits said to haunt its dark corridors. Reported activity includes EVP recordings, extreme temperature fluctuations and even apparitions. 

Weeting Castle, Norfolk

Weeting Castle is a rare surviving example of a grand 12th-century manor house, and a typical example of an East Anglian ‘great house’. The castle was built by Hugh de Plais in about 1180. It was the home of the de Plais family until the late 14th century, when the property passed by marriage to the Howards, Earls of Norfolk and was subsequently abandoned.

This location is fantastic for capturing EVPs as well as hearing strange footsteps and other unusual sounds.

Carrisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

THE HAUNTED MOAT

In 1078 the castle was forfeited to the Crown and in 1100 granted to the de Redvers family, who built most of the imposing fortress that is visible today.

In 1647 Charles 1st became a prisoner at Carisbrooke Castle, his liberties restricted to recreational walks along its walls, and games of bowls on the old barbican outside the castle, which was specially converted for the purpose.

Meanwhile, the Kings friends were making efforts to enable his escape.

On the first occasion, the attempt failed because the King could not force himself between the iron bars of his window.

A second attempt was planned for 28th May 1648 when the King, having acquired nitric acid, endeavoured to cut through the bars and make a break for freedom.

But Colonel Hammond, the governor of the castle, learnt of the plan and came to see the king where he informed him “I am come to take leave of your majesty, for I hear you are going away…” Charles infact remained at Carisbrooke until September 1648 when he was moved to Newport and returned to London on 30th of November.

He was executed on 30th January 1649.

After his death his son, Prince Henry, and daughter Princess Elizabeth were sent to Carisbrooke Castle.

Shortly after their arrival, the fourteen-year-old Elizabeth was found dead, her face resting on the Bible, which had been her fathers last gift to her.

It is with these tragic memories of the House of Stuart that the history of Carisbrooke Castle closes.

For although it is still the residence of the Governor of the Isle of Wight, no other events of such historical importance have occurred here.

The moat appears to be one of the most haunted parts of the castle and a “grey lady” and “huge man in a long white gown” have been seen here.

One woman who was strolling around the moat of Carrisbrooke Castle was even approached by a young man in a leather jerkin, who talked to her for several minutes and then, rather rudely, disappeared without finishing the conversation.

Greyfriars, Dunwich

It’s ruins are said to be plagued by supernatural forces

Mysterious lights have been spotted at the friary, thought by some to be the strange Hobby Lanterns, dancing lights which would try to lure people towards the edge of the nearby cliffs to a watery end. The Hobby Lanterns are most often spotted in the darkest part of the night between Michaelmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Terrified witnesses have also reported seeing ghostly monks wandering around the ruined remains, their long-dead chants carrying across the field on the wind, while others have reported that the spectral figure of a man, striding along in angry search of his adulterous wife who ran away with her lover.