16 of Sussex’s most haunted places

We’ve compiled a list of some of Sussex’s spookiest sites.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 11:20 am
Here are some of the most-haunted places in Sussex

With a history as long and rich as Sussex’s, there are many tales to tell of hauntings and strange goings-on in its historic buildings and castles. For a more in-depth look at Sussex’s spooky side, click here.

Hellingly Hospital: after the former psychiatric hospital closed in 1994 there were reports of crying, footsteps and strange mists in its empty corridors.
Pevensey Castle: a woman dressed in white has been seen many times over the centuries and a phantom army has been heard approaching the castle.
Michelham Priory, Hailsham: the manor is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including the ghost of former owner Thomas Sackville. People have claimed to have seen doors and windows slam shut with no obvious cause.
The Mermaid Inn, Rye: this 15th-century building is said to have a spirit in almost every room, including a white lady, a man who lost a duel, and the ghost of the wife of notorious smuggler George Gray.
Weald and Downland Living Museum, Singleton: many of the old buildings are said to have ghosts. Shadowy figures have been seen hanging around a medieval shop and a woman in a long dress has been spotted walking from house to house.
Bramber Castle: after William de Braose, the 4th Lord of Bramber, upset King John I, his children were imprisoned and died. It is said they are still seen at Bramber Castle.
The George, Crawley: the ghost of Mark Hurston, a former night watchman who died after drinking poisoned wine, is said to haunt the hotel.
Chanctonbury Ring: ghost hunters camped at the site in 1974 and a member of the group who walked through the centre of the ring was lifted several feet off the ground by an unseen force, it's claimed.
Amberley Castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl named Emily, from the 14th century, whose ghostly presence can be felt around the battlements.
St Mary s House, Bramber: strange smells, knocking noises and sightings, including of a little girl and a white lady, have been reported.
Cowdray House, Midhurst: the Grey Lady's haunting path is known as Lady's Walk and it is said ghostly voices of children can be heard in the gatehouse.
Batemans, Burwash: Batemans was Rudyard Kipling's house and it is said he still haunts the library and moves his stationery around on the desk.
West Pier, Brighton: a phantom dog is said to roam the beach, following walkers before vanishing into thin air. And a Victorian figure has been seen on the promenade before disappearing into the mist.
Clayton Tunnel: 23 people died in the Clayton Tunnel rail crash, which took place in 1861, five miles from Brighton. It is said cries and the sound of the crash can still be heard.
Newhaven Fort: the sound of clanking chains, ghostly figures and floating orbs have been reported at this historic fort.
A ghostly apparition was captured on CCTV at The Dolphin pub in Littlehampton. The watering hole in the High Street dates back to 1735, and is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country.