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Ghosts of The Great White Horse Hotel.

Listed under Paranormal in Ipswich, United Kingdom.

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My first contact with this hotel was when I was asked to conduct a paranormal investigation with a local radio station for their Halloween programme.

We were looking for the Lady in Grey and the victim of a murder, maybe the murderer was still about too as there was something not very nice on the back stairs. We found much more than we bargained for, so much so that during a glass moving experiment the glass almost flew off the table! With its rabbit warren of corridors and back stairways I decided a full public investigation was called for which we carried out in March 2006. We were not disappointed.

Hidden behind a Georgian facade, the Great White Horse Hotel is a timber framed coaching inn dating back almost 500 years to the 16th century. Today the original courtyard still remains, though now glazed over.

Originally built on this site in 1518 and previously called The Tavern it gave it’s name to the street it stands on. It was rebuilt, strangely enough, in 1815 and it’s guest list reads like a who's who of historical and famous people.

From 1520 onwards, The Duke of Norfolk, Queen Elizabeth 1st, King George II, King Louis XVIII of France and Lord Nelson (then High Steward of Ipswich) with Lady Hamilton. Charles Dickens was another famous guest, featuring the hotel in the Pickwick Papers. In more recent times Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson (after the abdication) and many more names you will know from your history books.

As for our investigation, the disembodied leather boots of a soldier were seen walking along a back corridor and contact was made with a servant girl, we believe the murder victim we originally searched for. The table on wheels we use for Table Tipping danced around the ballroom, as if the ghost in contact was re-living the memory of a bygone age. Unexplained moans, an uncomfortable energy; we believe may have been the murderer, remained unidentified, weird lights and EVP: (Electronic Voice Phenomena) captured by a customer on their camcorder, completed the weekend.

The strange thing about the EVP is that it was in French. We know that Louis XVIII of France and his entourage stayed there but we were unable to ascertain if one of his staff were killed or died there. The customer was waiting and filming in a corridor with his team ready for their next experiment. One of the team asked if anybody knew if this was the right place. The answer, recorded in French said “File d'attente ici”, translated to “Queue here”. It would seem ‘they still serve those who stand and wait’.

On a more normal note, the artist Jevan Watkins Jones was in residence at the Great White Horse Hotel from September until December 2001. During this time, he recorded and reflected upon the tedium and buzz that a hotel encounters in its daily life. His works; The Housekeeper, the Head Chef, the Night Porter and All – Life at The Great White Horse Hotel, were displayed in The Room Upstairs gallery at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich: 8th December 2001 – 27th January 2002.

Written by  John Blythe.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

I also lived and worked here with Laura from 2000 till 2002. It was creepy and although I didn't see anything, other staff had some disturbing experiences like being pushed and seeing things in the upstairs bar and ball room - weird!!

I lived in here while I was working here in the 1990's and there were defintely some areas where I would not go alone, as there was a very oppressive feeling. We heard stories of the The Grey Lady - fascinating to hear some of the back ground behind the stories.

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Wow - what sort of thing did you see or feel?

My stepfather and his parents all lived and worked here from around 1930 to the end of the war. They are adamant that Haile Selassie was in residence at some time though there seems to be no official not of his visit. `my stepgrandmother cooked for him and in fact broke his white china teapot. They also spoke of ghosts and during their stay they spoke of an accidental killing of a waitress . There was some tomfoolery and the waitress ran on to a knife being waved by a young man who worked there. her spirit is probably also in residenceChris Brody

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Wow - what an interesting story! Thanks for sharing.

I used to live there. I lived there from December 2001, till april 2002, as live in staff. It was completely terrifying living there, always felt a presence whereever you were, more so if you were on your own. Absolutely heart broken that its no longer being used as a hotel.


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What sort of presence? How interesting. Did other staff feel it as well?

I stayed at the great white horse hotel for one night and although I half expected to see something walking up the corridors I didn't... I did however get near to no sleep as the room was so hot i was sweating continuosly regardless of the radiator/heater being off and the windows wide open in the middle of winter. I later went on to find out that there had been a fire here at one point. I do not know if this is a coincidence or not but I do think that the way I felt was not normal... Has any one else experienced any thing like this here?

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