The Swan Hotel. Lavenham.

The spirit of a housekeeper haunts this building, its reported she committed suicide there.

Nestled deep within the countryside of Suffolk, in the town of Lavenham lays the old Swan Hotel

In the 19th Century, the Swan Hotel was a thriving coaching Inn, It is said that the spirit of a former housekeeper haunts this old coaching Inn, and her restless spirit is trapped due to her committing suicide there.

The reasons for the former housekeepers suicide, vary from account to account, but the most popular amongst the locals is that she fell pregnant out of wedlock. It was agreed between the expectant mother and her partner that they should marry at the earliest opportunity to save any shame coming from thier unision, but on thier wedding day the baby’s father had second thoughts and left the pregnant lady standing at the altar.

Distraught at the circumstance the lady found her self in, she took her own life and that of her unborn child by hanging herself in room 15 of the Hotel (which was once the housekeeping quarters). Several guests have reported seeing the former housekeeper standing in room 15 in the middle of the night.

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Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

6 Comments on "The Swan Hotel. Lavenham."

  1. Yen says:

    Just returned from a 2 night break at the Swan. My partner had booked it as a surprise Spa break, not knowing of its haunted reputation. I was aware of it as I had been looking for interesting breaks for my girlfriends. We stayed in room 16 which is on the first floor. The infamous room 15 was next to us. I am not sure if it was the original room 15 talked about. Room 3 is on the ground floor and the entrance to it looks like a broom cupboard. Anyway, we experienced some unexplained activity. Unfortunately we did not see the items moves themselves only the aftermath of the activity. The first evening we checked in and then went to our Spa appointments, we came back to find the bed sheets and pillows had been pulled back and the built in wardrobe doors wide open. I decided to start filming the room every time we left and came back to see if things had changed. After coming back from dinner that same night from the Gallery restaurant downstairs,( fabulous food by the way) , our dressing gowns which my partner had hung on huge hooks on the back of the door were shewn in the floor about 5-6 feet away from the door. . We played back the video clip from my phone but noticed that we had not closed the door with any force. We tried swinging the door open to see if we could dislodge the gowns but the hook was so deep there was no way we could do it. The following day we went out and came back to find the room had been tidied by house keeping but the lights were one. This was a bright sunny May day so it would be surprising if it had been the housekeeping staff. When we went out and came back from the Spa, the runner that goes at the end of the bed that we had placed on the back of the chair was on the floor. We again tried to recreate the runner slipping off the chair but it would not fall where it had been found and also we could not reproduce the way it had been laid on the floor if indeed it had slipped from the back of the chair. As with the robes it would have required it to be lifted off and placed on to the floor in the position we found it in. We set up 2 mobile phones to film the room when we left that Evening for dinner. The first mobile phone stopped filming about 7 minutes after we left . The second stopped about 33 minutes in. There was no explanation for why they stopped. Both had sufficient memory and both fully charged. Nothing was captured. When we came back, about 10 pm nothing seemed to have been disturbed. Neither of us went into the bathroom though to check as there had been no activity in there. I finally went into the bathroom about 10.45 and found that one of the toilet rolls in the holder had been pulled and was shewn on the floor. There appeared to be one area which had been touched/grabbed as there was pressure marks on the paper spaced at consistent intervals. The first night I could not sleep at all. I felt that there was a presence and I was being watched. At one point I felt I was being held under the duvet. My partner was less effected by it as he normally sleeps with earmuffs and a blindfold on. It was an awful night for me. I heard footsteps outside in the hallway between 1.30 am and 2.16 am, there was no one else on our floor that first night. I then put on the light for the rest of that night. I don’t know what is there but there is clearly something there. I don’t think it is malevolent, but it or they just wanted us to know they were there. It appears intelligent too. If anyone does go there please be respected to these unrested souls.

  2. Emma says:

    I have just returned from a stay at the swan which is beautiful. I was given the key to room 15 which immediately made me feel nervous as I have read about the history of the hotel before hand. When I entered the room I felt a sense of uneasiness. The room is nicely presented but knowing the history, I didn’t have a good night sleep. I was on my own so I left the light on all night. Luckily I didn’t experience any paranormal activity however there is definitely a feel about room 15 that might give you goosebumps.

  3. Linda says:

    I have just returned from the Swan in Lavenham where I had a very unusual experience.
    I loved our room at first sight and enjoyed our stay.
    Last night we went to bed about 9.30 to watch t.v.after our meal in room 3 (the old room 15)
    I awoke around 2.30 a.m. and above the bed in the centre of the ceiling something dropped down above me. I can’t tell you if it was human or not but it looked like it was wrapped in some kind of ragged clothing. I screamed and awoke my husband who had not seen anything but knew that I was a little scared and he put the bathroom light on for me.
    I don’t believe in ghosts, but at around 8.30a.m. this morning I thought I’d see if The Swan was on a website for haunted properties.
    To my surprise I came across the above story and I am convinced that it is haunted as I knew nothing of the history of this hotel until then.
    I mentioned this a member of staff and she said she had been there for 7 years and had never heard of anything like it.
    But I am a 50 yr old sceptic who now believes in ghosts.

    • Hello Linda,
      Many thanks for taking the time to write in and recount your experience. Its fair to say that you experienced something that is very much in keeping with other reports that I have received about the Swan and other Hotels/Guest houses.
      Regarding your point about an object or something wrapped up falling from the air, the following documentary does go into some detail regarding object materialisation The Scole Experiments

  4. Jonathan says:

    Stayed at The Swan hotel in Lavenham last week (16th Sept. 2011) in room 7. The original room 15 has now been re numbered room 3 and room 7 is directly below. My parents were actually staying in room 3 (15) and reported nothing, but I awoke in the middle of the night to find an image of a bearded man at the side of my bed where my wife was sleeping. He was not a solid image, but was clearly visible and as i brushed him away from the bed he clearly retreated to the wall where the walk in closet is and then disappeared. I asked about him at reception in the morning and they said he had been seen many times before. they also told me an elderly lady is often seen in rooms sitting on a bed and the lady who committed suicide in room 3(15) is seen quite regularly.

    • Hello Jonathan,
      This is a fantastic first hand account, many thanks for taking the time to write in. I hope other than your ghostly experience your stay at the Swan was an enjoyable one?

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