The Red Mount, St James Park
This tiny chapel was built in 1485 and its roof is often compared to that of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. According to legend there is a secret tunnel linking the chapel to Castle Rising to the north of King’s Lynn. It is said that a drunken fiddler named Curtis decided to explore the tunnel, traditionally associated with fear and evil.
His pet dog went with him and they were never seen again. On occasions he can still be heard playing his tunes, with the dog whimpering to get out!
Not far from King’s Lynn and Sandringham, this is a remarkable Norman keep inside huge hill fortifications. Castle Rising Castle (English Heritage) was built around 1140 by Henry Albini to celebrate his marriage.
Queen Isabella, the ‘She-Wolf of France’, was kept prisoner here after the execution of her lover Mortimer, as she consented to the murder of her husband, Edward II. She is said to have gone mad here, and her shreiks may be heard ringing out from the castle walls.
Ghost Busters International investigated Castle Rising for the SyFy Channel: The Curse of the She-Wolf (43 min video)
The Duke’s Head, Tuesday Market Place
The inn dates from 1683, and in the 18th century it became famous as a coaching inn, with stages leaving for Yarmouth, Norwich and London. The near-forgotten story of a ghost who haunts the inn could be that of a maidservant executed in the Square for poisoning her mistress.
Tales From Our Readers
We’ve received the following E-mails:
Carole Hoke, who now lives in Washington USA, writes: “Hi! I lived in Gaywood, just east of Lynn and had my wedding reception at a cake shop that had a restaurant above it facing the Clock. It may still be there as the building was very old (l5thc?) and may be listed. Anyway, next door was a hairdressing salon and a friendly ghost lived in the building and always turned on all the dryers when the weather was very cold so that the beauticians wouldn’t be cold when they came to work. Check it out, I had two different people tell me the same story. All the best to all in Lynn, I left home in 1958, my brother lives in Dersingham.”
James Whyley writes: “Apparently there is a diamond shaped brick, with a heart carved in its centre set in the wall of a house on the north-west corner of Tuesday Market, where the heart of a witch (Margaret Read) who was burnt at the stake leapt from her body and bounded off through the lanes and into the river Ouse!” – thanks James!
Lauren Crofts, from Terrington St Clements writes: “The house I am currently living in was bombed in World War 2, and for a while now I have noticed a ghost in my bedroom, me and my friend can talk to ghosts and I can sense and see them and we talked to the ghost and found out that she is called Gilanda and she is around 10 years old.
“Gilanda is a very friendly ghost but also very shy, she only turns up when im alone and she doesn’t like strangers. I talk to her quite a lot when im alone and I now have a very strong bond with her, and when im upset I can feel her putting her arms round me like a hug. :)”
“When, as a child shortly after World War ll, I stayed with my Grandmother who lived in what was then called Park Hotel I slept in one of the attic bedrooms. I awoke one night and saw what I thought was an angel guarding me whilst I slept. It was a lady in a grey cloak who leant over me and smiled – I was not in the least afraid.
Next morning I mentioned what had happened and I was told by the grown-ups that I should not worry about it. I only saw her the once but have never forgotten her. I believe this ghost is documented in a book called “The Ghosts of King’s Lynn”.
The location of Park Hotel is opposite St. James’ Park and is now incorporated into the recently renovated building (the former Cozens Hotel). The part of the building I refer to is on the extreme left hand side viewing it with your back to the park. You can see the skylights of the attics and I think the room was the one on the right hand side. I am now 72 years old but firmly believe in the ghost.”
Annette would be intrigued to hear if anyone else has something to tell about this particular room.
Scraping noises and objects mysteriously flying off the shelves are some of the spooky happenings at the Debenhams store in the High Street.
Staff have come to accept the spectral occurrences of the resident ghost as part of a regular day’s work.
A sudden chill, loud bangs, the rustle of clothes and a strong smell of parma violets often signal that the ghost, who workers have affectionately named as Henrietta, is nearby.
Henrietta is believed to have haunted the store after hanging herself in an undertakers which once stood on the High Street site near the body of her fisherman lover. But she does not appear to be a malevolent presence but a prankster.
Do you know of any other haunted locations in or around King’s Lynn?
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In the meantime, why not take a look at this video, courtesy of Mark Kuczewski.