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Today, it’s in the heart of the city – but in 1823, Rampant Horse Street was at the heart of a deeply distressing tale of bodysnatching from five Norwich churches.

In 1993, psychic researchers Sandra and Robin Foy joined forces with another husband and wife duo, mediums Diana and Allen Bennett, to form the Scole Experiment Group, with the intent purpose of trying to create a direct line of communication between the living and the dead.

Like the very best ghost stories of all, this one was discovered by chance, pasted in the back of an old magazine dated 1736 and titled ‘A Strange Occurrence’.

It was a dazzling light show that bewitched astronomers watching the night sky above Norwich - but was it proof of life on other planets?

As the flames licked the stone walls and the building began to crack and fall, parishioners feared nothing would remain of their beloved church at St Peter and St Paul’s church at Tunstall, a beacon for ships on the edge of a long-lost estuary which is now lonely marshland that stretches towards Great Yarmouth.

Long before The Giant in Twin Peaks told Agent Dale Cooper, Norfolk knew that the owls were not as they seem. For more than a century, there have been reports of glowing owls streaking across county skies in the dark of night, luminous birds that appear like flying spectres, feathered ghosts causing those that see them to believe they had seen something truly other-worldly.

It was a clear night when the witness to this particular shaggy dog – or rather, shaggy beast – story which took place between Thetford and East Wretham.

When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion, the witching time of night is when the spectral woman appears, clad in red and seemingly tethered to the remains of a cross-stone which once towered over this lonely patch of Norfolk.

This week we welcome our first ever guests, The Shadowcaster and The Silent Hand from Norwich Ghost Walks!

Avid readers will remember last week’s story of the ghost who made a guest appearance on Anglia Television and a promise to tell the tale of the Mad Monk of Morley Hall in more detail and his link to Binham Priory.

It had hung above the bar of a Norfolk pub for 60 years but reports of illness, discord and misfortune surrounded the goat’s head of Strumpshaw.

It was set to be a televised example of how a ghost hunter worked and proved to be so effective that a ghost actually appeared to make a guest appearance.

The floating figure appeared just before the witching hour, an almost transparent apparition that appeared to climb invisible stairs before melting into the darkness before the eyes of a horrified woman walking home along Sandy Lane in Dereham after a night out with friends.

A field close to Weybourne Hope – which has always been considered to be England’s Achilles’ Heel in terms of enemy invaders – hid a dark secret until it crumbled into the sea.

Etched into the very fabric of a West Norfolk town square, a permanent reminder of darker days when women accused of witchcraft were hunted, tortured and finally burnt at the stake on grounds no greater than that they were old, lonely or eccentric.

Standing as a signpost to a village that longer bustles, in a rhododendron clearing in the woods, Mark Goldsworthy’s timber carving shows the curious tale of the brave Bishop Beaver of Babingley.

It is the vanishing village that just can’t stay silent, a forgotten parish from the Norfolk coast that was swallowed by the sea, the county’s own Atlantis just a stone’s throw from the famous Cromer Pier.

A family hoping for a holiday packed with sun, sea and sandcastles in Great Yarmouth were surprised to find a guest had already taken up residence in the caravan they had been renting for four days – an invisible entity which made it perfectly clear it wanted them to leave.

In our second Weird Norfolk podcast we pay a hauntingly good visit to Baconsthorpe Castle, near Holt, which is home to a spectral sentry.

1954 was the year that a series of Unidentified Flying Objects were seen in the skies above Norfolk, just a year after the term ‘UFO’ had been coined by the United States Air Force.

Thousands of us pass over it every day without a passing thought for the role it played in Norwich’s dark past.

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