In the 16th Century, Sir Sebastian Dougal III of Norwich ( a local gentry man ) was falsely executed in 1578 for stealing. At the time, thieves caught in Norwich were executed by being thrown off St. George’s church. The very same year, Norwich was ravaged by the black death due to HM Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to the county. Unbeknown to them, the noblemen that accompanied the Queen on her tour of the country spread the plague with the local town people of Norwich at a feast held at the Maids Head hotel. Later that night the city was in chaos, which gave thieves the perfect opportunity to steal. An arrogant thief, James Williams, attempted to steal the Queen’s crown. Though unsuccessful, he ran for his life, evading the Queen’s guards that made haste after him. Unfortunately for Dougal, he was mistaken for the criminal and was promptly executed by being thrown off St. George’s church into a purge pit in which the bodies of thousands of plague victims were thrown into.
After his execution, St. George’s church tower became haunted by the ghost of Sir Sebastian Dougal III. Even 450 years later, strange events can be witnessed at the church. The most notorious event that takes place is the sighting of Dougal’s ghost being thrown off the tower and repeating itself multiple times, but disappearing before he hits the ground, as you can see from our video footage. Rumour has it that the number of times he falls, points to the number of people who will die a tragic death in Norwich each year. In addition, it has been said that you can hear the screams of the dead late at night in the streets near the church..however to this day no footage has been captured of the strange sounds.