Friday, 27 January 2017

The Ghost of the Killer Monk


The notorious suicide spot, Beachy Head, (see above, copyright Janet Cameron) is located close to Eastbourne in East Sussex, on the top of the chalky cliffs. It is claimed to be haunted by the spectre of a horrible, black-cloaked killer-monk. The monk's monastery was sacked by Henry VIII's men during the terrible times of the Reformation in the 1530s, an action intended to establish the absolute power of the King by oppressing the opposition, and, simultaneously, replenishing the royal coffers.
The King's soldiers would have no mercy, so naturally, the monk tried to escape. Unfortunately, he was hunted down. He had hidden in the manor house at nearby Birling Gap, but the Lord of the Manor betrayed him and so the King's men seized the fugitive and took him into custody. But they had other, more sinister plans for their victim.  They shackled the terrified monk and tossed him over the cliff to certain death. Now, his angry, black-coated spirit is said to haunt Beachy Head at midnight, intent on wreaking revenge.  He beckons to his victims, and entices them to the cliff edge to jump to their deaths, just as he did back in the 16th century.
There have also been repeated accounts of a ghostly evil apparition racing along the clifftop and yelling for mercy. An alternative version of the evil presence claims that locals believe the area to be haunted by the voices of the dead, spurring the desperate living to join them. Taking everything into account, Beachy Head is not a desirable place to hang out after nightfall.
The cliffs between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap are named: Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flagstaff Point, Bailey's Brow and Went Hill Brow.
  • Evening Argus, 27 June 1988.
  • Cameron, Janet, Paranormal Eastbourne, Amberley Publishing, 2010.

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