Raynham Hall and the Lady in Brown


Raynham Hall in Norfolk was built-in 1619 by Robert Townhsend and is believed by many to be one of the most haunted houses in England.

And this is all down to the Brown Lady Dorothy Walpole who was  married to Charles 2nd Viscount Townshend  the head of the house of common’s.

She died 1726 and a mystery surrounds her death.It is believed that she was  miss treated by her husband,and even buried behind one of the walls in the hall.

Shortly after her death the accounts of a ghostly figure wandering the halls of the house started to be reported.

One of the accounts that stand out was by Major Loftus he was staying at the hall in 1849 with his friend as they were retiring to bed the Major saw a figure of a woman in a brown dress, and as the major approached her the woman just vanished.

Not to be out done the following night he decides to wait in the exact spot the figure dissappeared.And in the early hours of the morning he see’s the ghostly figure of the woman again as he approaches he gets a closer look and to his astonishment he glimpses a face with only two black holes for eyes just before the figure disappears.

In 1936 the famous photo of the Brown Lady was captured coming down the stairs by two photographers (Captain Provand and Indre Shira)  of the magazine Country Life.

The famous photo of the brown lady 1936
The Brown Lady Captured in 1936

They were there to cover the Hall for the magazine and were taking photos at the bottom of the staircase and took the now famous photo.Many believe the photo that they took to be fake and is down to double exposure.

Other spirits that roam the hall are two ghostly children and the Duke of Monmouth and his cocker spaniel.

So if you ever visit this famous hall don’t forget your camera as who knows what you’ll capture in your photo.








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