Somerleyton Hall is located in Lowestoft, Suffolk in England.
Somerleyton Hall stands on the site of an earlier building which was erected in 1240 by Sir Peter Fitzosbert.
When Peter’s daughter married into the Jernegan family, the male heirs of the of the Fitzosbert family were no more and the estate was passed over to the Jernegans’ who held it until John Wentworth bought it in 1602.
John had some adjustments made to the Hall, converting it into a typical East Anglian Tudor-Jacobean mansion. The Hall was then sold onto the Garney family and again to Admiral Sir Thomas Allin who was a native of Lowestoft. In 1665 Sir Thomas took part in the battle of Lowestoft and the battle of Solebay in 1672.
Sir Samuel Morton Peto bought Somerleyton Hall after the male heirs of the Allin family died out in 1843. Samuel had large parts of the hall and grounds rebuilt and redesigned by an architect named John Thomas. This took around seven years to complete.
Sir Frances Crossley of Halifax purchased the estate in 1863. Frances’ son, Seville was made Baron Somerleyton in 1916.
Today Somerleyton Hall is owned and inhabited by the current Lord Somerleyton and his family.
Reported Paranormal Activity
The ghost of a man called Joseph is said to haunt the cellar of the hall.
There have been reports of a young girl haunting the bathroom of the servants quarters of the hall and there are unexplained shadows pacing the attics corridors.