Anne Boleyn is a very busy ghost. They claim that her ghost haunts several English castles.
We all know Anne Boleyn was beheaded on the orders of her husband, Henry VIII. They say he was frustrated that she didn’t bear him a son and heir, and anyway he had found another, hopefully fertile, woman.
It appears that Anne Boleyn decided to get her revenge, by haunting the King, as a ghost for ever!
Why do I say this, because there are reports of seeing her ghost, even today, nearly 700 years later.
Some historians think that this is where she was born, they say it is the main reason for her returning every year.
As night falls, a coach comes up the path to the house, but this coach is different. The coach is drawn by a headless horseman, with Anne Boleyn, holding her head on her lap. Isn’t that weird?
Then, as it reaches the front door of Blickling Hall, it vanishes.
Local folk tell the story that on her execution day, four headless horses were seen dragging the body of a headless man across the fields. Can you ever believe such local stories that have been passed down from fathers to sons for generations? I don’t think we will ever know.
Other ghosts at Blickling Hall
It seems to be a very haunted hall, for example:
Sir Thomas Boleyn
Anne Boleyn’s father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, is said to haunt the building, because he took no action to prevent his two children being executed.
The other child was her brother, George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, who was accused of incest with his sister during her trial for high treason. The result was that both were executed!
It appears that each year Sir Thomas’s ghost appears to attempt to cross 12 bridges before the cockcrows. His frantic route takes him from Blickling to Aylsham, Burgh, Buxton, Coltishall, Meyton, Oxnead and Wroxham. Is it another local folk tale?
The spirit of ‘Falstaff’
They also say that at the hall you can meet the ghost of Sir John Fastofe, he is said to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Falstaff.
Sir Henry Hobart’s dying groans
He was an MP, who lost his seat in 1698, which ended in a duel with Sir Oliver Le Neve who accused him of cowardice. Sir Hobart was a well-known swordsman, while Sir Oliver was more of a drinker, therefore, it was a forgone conclusion that Sir Hobart would win.
However, initially Hobart managed to wound Neve in the arm. Then he got his sword tangled in Neve’s clothing. Neve took advantage, while Hobart was busy disentangling himself, to drive his sword into Hobart and killed him.
They say you can still hear his dying groans coming from the West Turret Bedroom on the anniversary of his death.
Blickling Hall is a spooky place!
This is where she normally appears on Christmas Eve.
Those people who have seen her say that:
- Just as at Blickling Hall, she arrives in a horse-drawn carriage up the long pathway leading to the castle, but the horses are also headless!
- This time when she descends from her carriage in front of the castle steps, she is carrying her head in her hands!
- She then wanders around Hever Castle, through the gardens, the corridors, etc. until the morning, when she mysteriously disappears.
This means there are a lot of visitors at Hever Castle on Christmas Eve, all hoping that they catch a glimpse of the headless Queen!
The Tower of London
I told you before that she was an active ghost, as well at the two Castles, Anne’s ghost has also been seen:
- Walking over a bridge leading to the Tower of London (not certain which bridge), but she is seen, again, holding her head.
- She has even been seen spotted inside the Tower of London, wandering the corridors, and even in the chapel where she is buried.
That she still haunts the Tower of London isn’t surprising as it is considered the most haunted building in England!
Yep, she is even said to haunt Windsor Castle. Here she has been spotted running through corridors screaming, only this time her head is in the right place!
Isn’t History fun!
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