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Norfolk -Ghost -StoriesWith the Bressingham Halloween events just round the corner we thought we’d get in touch with a local Norfolk ghost stories expert, Maxine McKernan, to tell us just how haunted Norfolk is!

Maxine is co-founder of The Eastern Soul Patrol, a non-profit organization investigating the paranormal, giving tours of haunted sites and holding fundraising events for charities including Cancer Research UK.

Why do you think Norfolk is well known for being haunted?

Personally I think there is so much history behind Norfolk. Also , unlike some areas of the UK, Norfolk has had many of its old buildings preserved.

Where there are old buildings you are bound to come across lots of sightings of the supernatural!

What is your favorite Norfolk ghost story?

My favorite ghost story is probably Black Shuck - an apparition of a massive, black dog roaming the Norfolk countryside.

It is widely sighted and there are lots of different versions of the story. Some say it is a bad omen, some that it is good.

Black Shuck has been mixed with different ideas and beliefs going back for generations.

Some say that it was a man’s dog who was still looking for his owner and best friend.  Others say it is nothing to do with that, It is a demon dog with either one or two huge red eyes that predicts a death in the family.

I love the stories about the Black Dog of Bungay and the scorch marks on the Church doors.

The marks, sometimes called the devil’s fingerprints, were supposedly left when the dog burst into the church, killing members of the congregation, during a great storm that brought the church steeple down.

The Scole Inn near Bressingham is said to be haunted by a White Lady. Can you tell us anything about that?

Reportedly the White Lady of Scole Inn could be the ghost of a lady called Emma who was murdered by her jealous husband whilst they were staying at the Inn in the 1750’s.

Emma’s husband accused her of infidelity, which she was thought to be innocent of, despite the amorous advances of a notorious highwaymanalso staying at the inn.

We have stayed the night at the Scole Inn to investigate the story of the White Lady. Most of the reported activity was centred around Emma’s room, which we stayed in.

We were forewarned to not move her bed as she would become upset (we never intentionally antagonize any spirit).

That night, after we settled in with the lights off, the bed began gently shaking and it felt as though somebody was sitting at the bottom of the bed!

It was a very interesting night and I would recommend it to anyone!

Do you have any upcoming events for those interested in learning more about the paranormal?

We have several events planned on which members of the public are welcome to join us ( assuming anyone is brave enough to come!)

We have the details tightly under wraps at the moment but keep an eye on our website and all will be revealed!

Is there anything we should’ve mentioned?

Do you have any favourite Ghost Stories you think we should know about?

Is there anything you think we should have mentioned?

If there is get in touch and let us know – you can also do it on Facebook or Twitter.

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By Alastair Baker at 9 Oct 2014, 18:30 PM