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Michelham Priory

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Michelham Priory is set on a medieval moated island where it is possibble to imagine the life of the Augustinian Monk who have lived there since 1229.It is also the site of the pilot of Most Haunted, a series that started a legacy of paranormal programming.

Over the years there have been many reported sightings of unexplained phenomena at Michelham Priory it has the reputation of being one of the most haunted buildings in East Sussex.


One of the many (alleged) resident ghosts is that of Thomas Sackville a previous owner who is said to haunt the priory, during his haunting he torments the ghost of a young girl called Rosie, who allegedly hides away in a priest hole at the top of the stairs behind the wood panelling seeking refuge from her tormenter.

One of the most documented ghosts is that of the grey lady who has been seen on many occasions on the bridge and by the gate house. She has also been seen near the moat staring helplessly into the water, she is believed to be another former member of the Sackville family whose child drowned in the moat many years ago. It is also alleged that she is also said to peer mournfully into the faces of sleeping guests and then drift away through the walls

Other reports include a black hooded monk like figure in the undercroft, a young boy in the old kitchens, while a maid is seen in the hall area and on the stairs, and a mysterious lady in Tudor clothing who walks the corridors.

There are also tales of poltergeist activity, windows are said to open by themselves and objects mysteriously move on their own, people have also claimed to hear doors banging in deserted parts of the building.

Many visitors to the priory have sensed the feeling of being watched or while others report sharp temperature variations and a feeling of unease.

For more information about Michelham Priory and reported activity - have a look at their website: Michelham Priory website >

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