Weird Norfolk: Witches, beasts and ghosts all made the top five of 2017

East Somerton Church was said to be cursed by a witch. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Somerton Church was said to be cursed by a witch. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

As the year draws to a close we take a look back at the some of the most popular Weird Norfolk stories of 2017. Follow the links for the full stories.

Weird Norfolk: The lost village of Shipden

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. Norfolk: The ghosts of the Acle Straight.

A stretch of road like no other in Norfolk, a spirit level which crosses the misty marshes to link a Broadland market town to the seaside.

As its name suggests, the road is exceptionally straight – other than a curve where the Halvergate branch road joins it at a point which encompasses the new Hindu temple in the former home of the Stracey Arms, a preserved wind pump, a house and a humped bridge which spans the Norwich to Yarmouth railway line. It was close to this exact point where something very strange was spotted – the spectral figure of a man.

Most Read Norfolk: The Headless Ghost of Sandy Lane, Dereham

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. Norfolk: Have you seen the beast of the A1075?

The Wildman of Watton or Bigfoot of the Forest, whatever name you choose to give the creature, there's mounting evidence of a Sasquatch on the loose. Norfolk: The witch of East Somerton

The atmospheric ruins of St Mary's Church at East Somerton tell a tale of a witch's curse on a village church, which ended with the destruction of the village church.

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