Mysterious Ghost Choir heard at Thetford Priory

 

Thetford priory is known for its ghost sightings, with multiple visitors claiming to see robed monks watching them from afar. There have been stories of these apparitions running at visitors, and even causing them to vomit. It is even said you can sometimes hear them singing in Latin. Considering the priory’s long and violent history it’s no surprise many believe the site to be haunted.26133624_10157032856094488_756128514_oThetford priory was founded in 1103 by Rodger Bigod, the first Earl of Norfolk. But shortly after building began on the site, he died. The monks buried him on priory grounds, but the body was quickly moved. The Bishop of Norwich forcibly stole the body and laid Bigod to rest in his cathedral, which was founded 7 years earlier. This was the beginning of hundreds of year’s unrest at the site.26133018_10157032855039488_365850856_oIn the 13th Century a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to locals, and later a statue of the saint was found. During restoration the monks discovered the icon had a hollow head- inside were multiple relics, including the grave-clothes of Lazarus.  The site became a place of pilgrimage for many hoping to see the holy items.26194977_10157032855649488_1908773644_oUnfortunately, the priory would not stay peaceful for long, in 1248 a welsh monk stabbed another during a dispute. His victim died in front of the church doors.

The unrest at Thetford only continued, during a riot in 1313 multiple monks were slain inside the church. It seems the aim was theft as multiple high value items were taken from the priory.

In the 16th century, during Henry the 8ths reign he ordered the monastery to be disposed of, and for the second time multiple bodies were removed from the site- including that of his own son. The monks were forced to surrender their church, and the site was left to decay.26145240_10157032855899488_1203914110_oWe recently visited the priory and whilst there picked up some mysterious sound through our camera audio. You can listen to the EVP by watching the video at the start of this post- please bear with my awkwardness I am still getting use to speaking on camera! The mysterious sounds are at 2:25 in the video.

 

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/norf/vol2/pp363-369

http://nancybilyeau.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/thetford-priory-murderous-monks-and.html

http://eerieplace.com/haunted-thetford-priory/

http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/10-ways-to-find-ghosts-in-norfolk-and-suffolk-this-halloween-1-5253081

http://eastanglianghosthunters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-ghosts-of-thetford-priory-norfolk.html

 

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