Haunted Norfolk

Haunted Norfolk: Binham Priory

A little while ago I had the idea to start a new topic for our letters.

Haunted Norfolk.

In this topic I will travel to places which are supposedly haunted, wander around and share pictures and some of the history with you. Mostly because I live here and it gives me a lovely excuse to wander around some pretty awesome local spots.

Recently I visited Binham Priory.

History

Binham Priory is a 900-year-old parish church with Benedictine monastic ruins.

It was founded in 1091 and was home to a small Benedictine community of monks for over 400 years. 14 monks at its peak in 1320, dropping to 11 in 138. Its history is one of almost continuous scandal.

Many of its priors proved to be unscrupulous and irresponsible, and by the time of the priory’s suppression in 1539 the community had been reduced to just six monks.

The nave of the priory church, with its striking 13th-century west front, remains in use as the local parish church.

Pictures!

So what’s the ghost?

Well, there’s at least two stories that I could find.

Hooded Monk

It would have been odd if one of the spooky ghosts was not a monk right?

Well, one of the ghosts is a monk who is seen wearing a black hood. He emerges from a tunnel linking the priory to the shrine at Walsingham three miles away. Although the monk has also been seen inside the church, on a ledge near the church door and by the Gaol gate.

The Ghost Fiddler of Binham Priory. 

Remember the monks tunnel? After part of the tunnel near Binham Priory caved in, Jimmy Griggs a local fiddler went inside with his dog Trap. Some stories say he went to find the monk and prove if the story was truth or not. He played his fiddle as he walked through the tunnel until the music suddenly stopped. Later that night, a great storm caused the tunnel entrance to collapse, and Jimmy was never seen again.

But his dog got out ok.

His music is sometimes heard at midnight.

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