The five strangest ghosts of East Sussex

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With Halloween around the corner, amatuer ghost hunters from around Sussex are on the look out for a chill.

To help you find the real thing, we turned to for a list of the all-time strangest ghosts the county has to offer.

5. The Floating Cat of Battle

Early in the 20th century ghost hunters at the Gatehouse Restaurant in Battle report seeing a ghostly house cat floating along a corridor in the restaurant before vanishing through a wall.

4. The Albino Dwarf of St Leonards

In 1918 the novelist Pamela Frankau reported seeing a small albino spirit appear in her bedroom while a boarder at the Burgess Hill School for Girls in St Leonards. Ms Frankau, who went on to become a BBC war reporter during the Second World War said she saw the little creature ran across her bedroom floor and escaped onto the landing before fading from view.

3. The Grey Lady of Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s most famous ghost, The Grey Lady has been seen on multiple occasions watching rehersals in the Grand Circle and has sometimes been seen walking the stage at the Royal Hippodrome.

Others at the Victorian theatre have reported being pushed and grabbed by unexplained forces and feeling remarkable drops in temperature. Witnesses have also spotted a heavy iron handle spinning for 30 seconds by itself.

2. The Blue Drummer of Herstmonceux

This phantom drummer, sparking blue on every beat, has been reported by visitors to the castle for decades.

Ghost hunters believe the spirit is either departed local eccentric Lord Dacre or a drummer from the Battle of Agincourt.

Another ghost, this time a 20-year-old female, haunts the moat and she has been seen either swimming or standing beside the water.

1. The Many Ghosts of Michelham Priory

One of the most widely reported haunted places in Sussex, Michelham Priory near Hailsham has become a popular holiday spot for ghost hunters.

Visitors claim to have seen black hooded monks and a lady dressed in Tudor clothing walking the corridors.

The ghost of the priory’s former owner, Thomas Sackville, is also said to have been seen tormenting the spirit of a young girl called Rosie.

There have also been reports of poltergeist activity, with windows opening, doors banging shut and opening, and - as captured on Most Haunted - a chair moving by itself.

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