The Fiddler and Binham Priory - Binham

Picture (c) by John Ashley Photography

Close to the village of Binham is Fiddlers Hill, a burial mound which dates from the early Bronze Age, there is a local legend attached to this hill which nowadays is a popular picnic spot.

The tale goes that the spectre of a monk called "The Black Monk" haunted the grounds around Binham Priory during the hours between dusk and dawn. The monk emerged each night from a tunnel that linked the Benedictine Priory of Binham to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingam some three miles away.

One day a fiddler and his dog sauntered into the village of Binham and upon hearing about this spectre decided to explore the tunnel to see what caused the monk to haunt this particular spot.

Before entering the passage he advised the sizeable crowd of locals who had gathered to see him off, that he would play his fiddle as he went so that the villagers could follow his progress above ground. The fiddler and his small dog entered the tunnel and the villagers were able to hear the strains of his music and follow his path.

However, when the fiddler reached the place which is now called Fiddler's Hill, his music stopped abruptly. The villagers were too scared to enter the tunnel themselves so they waited and a long time later the poor fiddlers little dog emerged from the tunnel shivering and whining with his tail between his legs, but there was no sign of the fiddler. 

Later that night a violent storm broke out, and the following morning the villagers woke to find that the passage entrance had been completely demolished. Over the years the hill where the fiddler disappeared began to be known as Fiddlers Hill in memory of the brave fiddler.

There is a final twist to this story. In 1933 when the road was widened around Fiddlers Hill, three skeletons were found one of which was that of a dog!
Picture (c) by John Ashley Photography