Norwich’s Man in Black shares two of his favourite ghost stories

PUBLISHED: 07:59 27 October 2017

The Man in Black's Norwich Ghost Walks.

The Man in Black's Norwich Ghost Walks. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

As Halloween draws near, Norwich’s resident ghost storyteller is preparing for his busiest nights of the year.

The Man in Black, known for his Norwich Ghost Walks through the city’s streets, presents a special scarefest around the Cow Tower area especially for Halloween, featuring stories from Norwich and around the world. Ahead of this, he has shared with us two of his favourite ghostly tales.

“The Adam and Eve pub is home to one of the most famous ghosts in the city - the ghost of Lord Sheffield,” said the Man in Black.

“He was the man sent by the king to put down the Robert Kett Rebellion of 1549. King and parliament believed just 500 troops could deal with a bunch of farmers and peasants - but sadly for Lord Sheffield they had made a big mistake.”

He explained when Lord Sheffield stepped down to surrender, he was wounded by a butcher from Cromer and died at the Adam and Eve.

“He’s seen regularly in the pub and makes his presence felt in different ways,” the Man in Black said.

In another tale, sisters Ruth and Megan lived close by in Victorian times and their story centres around a tree known as “the tree of death.” When Ruth was running away after pickpocketing in Tombland she passed her sister Megan by this tree and convinced her to swap clothes.

“Megan was left standing here very puzzled when around the corner came the mob,” said the Man in Black.

“And of course, there was the stolen purse, and the correct clothing. She was arrested immediately.”

Poor Megan was sentenced to prison and died in jail.

“Only at this moment did her sister realise the enormity of what she’d done, she surely was responsible for the death of her beloved sister,” said the Man in Black, explaining that, on the anniversary of the day the sisters met under that tree, Ruth took her own life at the very same spot.

“The ghost of Ruth is still seen here to this very day,” said the Man in Black.

Hear more about these stories at

The Man in Black’s Halloween event is at 7.15pm each night from October 27 to 31, and at 9.30pm on October 27, 28 and 31. Tickets £8. To book call 07831 189985 or visit

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