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With 500 years of dramatic, often violent history, Hampton Court Palace is commonly regarded as one of Britains most haunted buildings. Here, State Apartment Warder David Packer takes you on a tour of the places within the palace most associated with ghostly goings-on. For information on ghost tours and visiting the palace, go to www.hrp.org.uk
"Anne Boleyn By Amberlyn"
"With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm"
Hever Castle's "Haunted House Story" The ghost of Anne Boleyn is said to return to her old home at Hever Castle, where every Christmas Eve she is seen to walk over the bridge which crosses the River Eden in the castle grounds. The great oak, under which Henry VIII courted Anne, still stands. Her ghost has been seen there as well, usually at Christmas time. Another ghost at Hever is that of a local farmer, called Humphrey, who was robbed and killed there.
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It is said that Ann will keep haunting until her name is cleared. She is reported to wander Hever Castle singing sad songs in a low voice. There are severale theories that hidden in the floors and ancient walls of Hever (as with all old buildings) remains an echo of previouse tenents over the centuries. The more emotionally charged the event, the clearer the imprint that resonates, and more likely of it being played back to whoever is susceptable where Ann once walked and talked (like a tape recording). It is only time that separates us, if we could roll back time what would Ann tell us?
| Folksong about the Ghost of Anne Boleyn walking in the Tower of London. This also has some nice video of the Tower of London.|
These lyrics don't exactly match the YouTube lyrics.
With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm"
In the tower of London, large as life, the ghost of Anne Bolyn walks they declare.
Poor Anne Bolyn was once King Henry's wife until he made the headsman bob her hair.
Ah, yes, he did her wrong long years ago and she comes up at night to tell him so,
With her head tucked underneath her arm she walks the bloody tower,
With her head tucked underneath her arm at the midnight hour.
She comes to haunt King Henry. She means giving him what for. Gadzooks, she's going to tell him off. She's feeling very sore,
And just in case the headsman wants to give her an encore, she's has her head tucked underneath her arm.
The sentries think that it's a football that she carries in and when they had a few they shout, "Is Army going to win?"
They think that it's Red Grange instead of poor old Ann Bolyn with her head tucked underneath her arm.
Sometimes gay King Henry gives a spread for all his pals and gals and ghostly crew.
The headsman carves the joint and cuts the bread then in comes Anne Bolyn to queer the do.
She holds her head up with a wild war whoop and Henry cries, "Don't drop it in the soup!"
One night she caught King Henry, he was in the canteen bar. Said he, "Are you Jane Seymour, Anne Bolyn, or Katherine Parr?
How the sweet Saint Maryann do I know who you are with your head tucked underneath your arm?"
Hampton Court Ghost? You be the judge
On three days in a row staff were repetedly called to a fire door near the courts Introductory exhibition. CCtv revealed the doors to be thrown open with brute force, but who ever had done it couldn't be seen as they were invisable (or invented something science has yet to come up with!) The next day the doors opened again, only this time a phantom figure could be seen in period clothing closing the doors back again. The doors opend again for a third time, but the visitor remained invisable. A visitor wrote in the palace visitor book, that she thought she had seen too something in that area.
In late December of 2003, security cameras at Hampton Court Palace, a huge tudor castle near London, captured a startling image. Security guards were unsettled to repeatedly find a fire door open when no one was apparently around. Upon checking the security tape, they were shocked by a ghostly figure, closely resembling King Henry VIII (who died in the 1500s).
Vikki Wood, a spokesperson for the Palace, said "We're baffled too--it's not a joke, we haven't manufactured it. We genuinely do not know who it is or what it is."
A security officer, James Faukes, called the incident "unnerving," and said they'd ruled out their costumed guides. In fact, they don't even own a costume like the one worn by the figure on the video. "It was incredibly spooky because the face just didn't look human," Faukes said. [text from Youtube - 2h1tfever]
1. Blickling Hall, Norfolk: Anne Boleyn's ghost is said to appear on the anniversary of her execution. Dressed in white and carrying her severed head, she arrives in a coach driven by four headless horses and coachmen. The coach steadily drives up the driveway of Blickling Hall; upon reaching the front door the coach and drivers vanish, just leaving Anne. She then glides into the hall where she wanders the rooms until daybreak. Anne's father Thomas Boleyn is another spirit at Blickling; Boleyn lost not only a daughter but his only son to execution. It is said that Thomas Boleyn was given a penance after his death in 1539 -- a task he is required to perform every year for a thousend years. He has to try to cross 12 bridges before cockcrow, which involves going from Blickling to Aylsham, Burg, Buxton, Coltishal, and on to Wroxham.
Like his daughter Boleyn is headless, and again the headless horses are attached to his coach. He too carries his head underneath his arm, but flames rush from his mouth instead of blood.
2. Dunster Castle, Somerset: A man in green has been seen wandering through former stable block.
3. Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire: Said to be home to a ghostly gang of former workers.
4. Newton House, Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire: In the 18th century, Lady Elinor Cavendish was strangled by a suitor. Visitors report invisible hands squeezing their throats.
5. Gibside Hall, Tyne and Wear: Thought to be haunted by "The Unhappy Countess."
6. Lyme Park, Cheshire: A phantom funeral cortège is said to pass through the park.
7. Lanhydrock, Cornwall: Supposedly home to ghosts, including a man hanged outside the gatehouse by Civil War Royalists.
8. Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire (pictured): Benjamin Disraeli, above, is said to smile at guests by the stairs.
9. Powis Castle, Powys: Visitors report a lady in black, or feeling a hand touch them.
10. Belton House, Lincolnshire: The "Gentleman in Black" is said to stalk the Queen's ______ ?
see full article at Telegraph.co.uk
| In 2007, the National Trust released a top 10 list of its most haunted historic properties.|
In at number one was Blickling Hall, Norfolk, described by the National Trust as a "magnificent Jacobean house famed for its fine tapestries, rare books and reputedly the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn".
Henry VIII's second wife, beheaded in 1536, took Blickling to the top spot with the help of her "fellow residents": Sir John Fastolfe, the 15th century knight whose name was adapted for Shakespeare's comic character Falstaff, and Sir Henry Hobart, killed in a duel in 1698.
"Oh yes, those three," said Jan Brookes, Blickling's house manager calmly. "Some of our visitors do mention them, especially around May 19, the anniversary of Anne's death.
"One or two of our volunteers report little bits too: the 'Grey Lady', someone coming through the wall and disappearing again… but then, this is a very old house with a lot of clanking in the pipes."
National Trust officials chose their top 10 on how often the spirits appeared, the celebrity of the ghost, and whether it offered "something that little bit different".
Anne, for example, is said to appear with her head on her lap, sitting in a coach drawn by a horse with a headless rider.
The Tower of London is rumoured to be the most haunted building in the UK. Built by William the Conqueror, it has been witness to beheadings, tortures, hangings and murder; Also many nobles have been imprisoned here. Thomas a Becket was the first reported ghost. During the building on the Inner Curtain Wall, Thomas appeared, supposedly unhappy about the construction, and it is said he reduced the wall to rubble with a strike of his cross. Henry III’s grandfather was responsible for the death of Thomas Beckett, so Henry III wasted no time building a chapel in the Tower of London, naming it for the archbishop.
The Bloody Tower: the scene of the disappearance of the two princes; Edward V (12) and Richard, Duke of York (10). They were thought to have been murdered in 1483, on the command of the Duke of Gloucestershire, who was to be crowned Richard III. Guards in the late 15th century passing the Bloody Tower saw the shadows of two small figures gliding down the stairs, still in the white night shirts they had on the night they disappeared. Standing silently, hand in hand, they melted back into the stones of the Bloody Tower. These figures were recognized as the ghosts of the two princes. In 1674, workmen discovered a chest containing the skeletons of two young children. Thought to be the remains of the princes, they were given a royal burial.
Anne Boleyn is the most well known ghost at the Tower. She was taken to Tower Green and was beheaded on May 19, 1536, some say at about 8am. Anne is seen near the Queen’s House, close to the site where her execution was. She can be seen leading a ghostly procession of Lords and Ladies down the aisle of the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula. Floating down the aisle to her final resting place, Anne is buried under the Chapel’s altar. Her headless body has also been seen walking the corridors of the Tower.
Sir Walter Raleigh lived quite comfortably, unlike others who were imprisoned within the walls of the Bloody Tower. His "rooms" are still furnished as they were in the 16th century, and can be seen today. Executed by James I, he has been seen looking exactly as he does in his portrait hanging in the Bloody Tower. Sir Walter is said to wander the tower as he did when he was imprisoned.
The most horrible execution and haunting is that of the Countess of Salisbury; at 72 years of age, she was the last of the Plantagenets. Her son, Cardinal Pole, had vilified the King’s claim as head of the Church in England. However, he was safely hidden in France, so Henry had his mother brought to the block on 27th May 1541. When told by the executioner to kneel, the spirited old lady flately refused. “So should traitors do and I am none,” she sneered. The executioner raised his axe, taking a swing at her, and she ran in hysterics, pursued by him with his axe in hand. He hacked at her until he had hewn the Countess to death. Her ghost has been seen re-enecting this shamefully bungled and gruesome act. Her screaming phantom continues to be chased throughout eternity by a ghostly executioner. Also, the shadow of a great axe has been witnessed falling across the scene of her murder.
The Tower was home to the Royal Menagerie; lions, leopards, bears, birds, monkeys, and an elephant - a present from the King of France - were kept on display. Rumors persist of acts of abuse against some of the animals, as there have been sounds of animals coming through the brickwork. This could be down to what's known as the 'stone tape theory', where the atmosphere records sounds of the past.
At midnight in January 1815 a sentry heard a low growl behind him. Turning, he witnessed a bear from this menagerie come from a doorway. Lunging at it with his bayonet, it passed right through the apparition and embedded itself in the door, where the phantom immediately vanished. The sentry was later found unconscious; it is said he died of fright within two months of this encounter. The bear was thought to have been a brown or black Grizzly.
A very frightenig incident happened in the Salt Tower - one of the most ancient and haunted areas of the Tower of London. Dogs will not enter this ancient building, and since one of the Yeoman Warders was nearly strangled by a unseen presence, no one will go in the area after dark.
In 1864, a soldier whose job was to guard the Queen’s House at the Tower saw a spirit so real, that after ignoring the soldier's three challenges, he charged at the intruder with his bayonet, only to go straight through the figure. Found unconscious at his post, he was court-martialled for neglecting his duty. Luckily, there were two witnesses who confirmed his story. The soldier was eventually pardoned.
Lady Jane Grey is another tragic story of a young life cut short at the Tower, due to the actions of others - the most despicable of whom was her own father. Lady Jane Grey’s ghost was last seen by two Guardsmen on February 12, 1957: the 403rd anniversary of her execution. She was described as a "white shape shaping itself on the battlements". Her husband, Guildford Dudley, has been seen in Beauchamp Tower, sobbing.
Other ghostly stories include the screams of Guy Fawkes echoing through the tower, as they did when he was tortured before being hung, drawn, and quartered.
The Tower has also reported several 'anonymous' ghosts. These Tower of London ghosts are simply referred to as the 'Gray Lady' and the 'White Lady', names which reflected the appearance of the apparition. The ghost of the 'Gray Lady' has been seen as a woman in mourning garments. A black void is where her face should be. A phantom squad of ghost soldiers has also been sighted marching in the grounds of the Tower.
The Wakefield Tower is haunted by Henry VI, whose weak and ineffectual reign ended here with his murder “in the hour before midnight” on 21st May 1471, as he knelt at prayer. Tradition says that the knife with which he was “stikk’d full of deadly holes” was wielded by the Duke of Gloucester (later the infamous Richard III). On the anniversary of his murder, Henry’s sad spectre is said to appear as the clock ticks towards midnight, pacing around the interior of the Wakefield Tower. Upon the last stroke of midnight, he dissolves gradually into the stone, resting peacefully for another year.
The huge White Tower is the oldest and most forbidding of all the Tower of London’s buildings, and its winding stone corridors are the spooky haunt of a “White Lady”, who once stood at a window waving to a group of children in the building opposite. It could be her “cheap perfume” that scents the air around the entrance to St John’s Chapel, which has caused many a guard to gag upon inhaling its choking aroma.
In the gallery where Henry VIII’s impressive suit of armour is displayed, several guards have spoken of a horrible, crushing sensation that suddenly descends on them as they enter and lifting the moment they stagger, shaking, from the room. A guard patrolling through here one stormy night got the sudden and unnerving sensation that someone had thrown a heavy cloak over him. Struggling to free himself, the garment was grabbed from behind, pulled tight around his throat by his phantom attacker. Managing to break free from its sinister grasp, he rushed back to the guardroom where the marks upon his neck showed - vivid evidence of his brush with the unseen assailant.
There is another scary incident when Mr. Arthur Crick chose to rest, as he made his nightly rounds. Sitting on a ledge, he slipped off his right shoe and was in the middle of massaging his foot, when a voice behind him whispered, “There’s only you and I here”. This elicited from Arthur the very earthly response “Just let me get this bloody shoe on and there’ll only be you”!
|Anne Boleyn's ghost has been seen leading a courtly procession in th Tower Green and was described as elegant by the guard who watched the event. Anne's ghost also scared a guard who then stabbed at her misty apparition. This event had witnesses. Anne's ghost also appears near the place of her execution. Some have also witnessed her headless body walking in the Tower. Some have even said that Anne's ghost sometimes carries her head.|
Part 3 (final)
|Here are some videos from Most Haunted Hever Castle Extra. There are a lot of behind the scenes information i thought some of you would be interested in!! (put here by Caligirl9x24)|
Caught on camera: The ghost of Henry VIII
| Grandmother Anne Lambert was stunned when she captured what looks like the ghost of Henry VIII on her mobile phone while staying at a Tudor manor house.|
The 54-year-old was spending the night at Samlesbury Hall, when she heard some ghostly noises.
The nail technician, from Clayton Brook, Lancs, was alone in a dark room when she sensed something and quickly pulled out her mobile phone and started taking photographs.
But it was only when she got home the following day and looked at the images that Anne realised she may have captured a ghostly figure resembling the Tudor monarch on camera.
*Read the entire story at Daily Mail Online*
Katherine Howard: Haunting the "Haunted" Gallery of Hampton Court
| Katherine Howard was accused of adultery and stripped of her title of Queen Consort in November, 1541. Afterwards, she was confined to her chambers at Hampton Court Palace under house arrest. As the story goes, Katherine was able to escape her rooms and crept down the Long Hall to find the King in order to beg for mercy. The guards found her before she reached him, and they dragged her, screaming, back to her room.|
Since 1918, when the Long Gallery has been open to visitors, it has been better known as "the Haunted Gallery" because the spirit of Katherine Howard is said to walk across the gallery in the direction of the Royal Pew, where Henry was at prayer the night she was looking for him. Then, appruptly, the figure stops, and rushes backwards screaching. Some visitors of the gallery today still report feeling cold, dizzy, or unwell in the gallery. In 2000, two female visitors fainted in the same area of the gallery one hour apart.
Jane Seymour: Hampton Court
Caption reads: Queen Jane Seymour's Ghost, as seen nightly near the stairway leading to apartments formely occupied by her.
Jane Seymour died of post natal complications 12 days after giving birth to her only child, Edward VI in 1537. Her spirit has been reported wandering around Hampton Court Palace, the place where she died. She has been seen in the Silver Stick gallery,the Clock Court and walking down a staircase. It has been observed that her spirit wears a white gown and carries a candle. It has been said that she is looking for the son she never got to know. Others say she is trying to find her son to protect him from her ruthless brothers. Sightings are most frequent on the anniversary of Edward's birth.
Catherine of Aragon: Kimbolton Castle
The ghost of Henry VIII's first wife has been seen wandering the halls and Queen's Chamber of Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire, where she spent the last years of her life. The queen, suffering years in obscurity and beset by various ailments, eventually died here in 1536. Her ghost has been observed, apparently unaware of the changes made to the level of the flooring since her time, walking with her legs and lower half descended from the ceiling on one floor and as a head and upper body slowly drifting on the next floor above.
Katherine Parr: Sudeley Castle and Snape Castle
The ghost of Henry VIII's last wife has been seen roaming Sudeley Castle, were she died due to complications from childbirth in 1548. Her ghost is described as a woman dressed in green, seeming to be searching for someone or something---perhaps her only daughter Mary, rumored to have died as a young child.
Katherine's ghost has also been reported at Snape Castle, where she has been seen wearing a blue dress and fills the rooms with an overwhelming sense of calm and peace when her apparition is near.
Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I: Windsor Castle
| Numerous ghosts have said to be seen at this castle which has been the home of the monarchy for over 1,000 years.|
These ghosts include Elizabeth I and her mother Anne Boleyn. Anne supposedly runs down a corridor screaming. Some of the people who have claimed to have seen Anne's ghost report that she is holding her head.
Lady Jane Grey: Temple Newsam
| One of ghosts at Temple Newsam has been linked to one of the more famous residents. |
The ghost known as 'The White Lady' is said to be the ghost of the nine day queen, Lady Jane Grey.
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|franny9||Mary Seymour, Katherine Parr's Daughter||4||Feb 12 2011, 4:59 PM EST by juliana-angela|
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Mary Seymour definitely did not die soon after birth. Following her mother's death she was put in the care of Katherine Willoughby, the Duchess of Suffolk, but she disappears from history in 1550. There are two different stories that she lived to marry and have children, but these have not been substantively proven. This short wikipedia article gets the facts straight, in so far as they are known:
|Imponthenet||Re Tudor Ghost Stories||17||Feb 5 2011, 4:09 PM EST by I'mTheCheesecakeHere|
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Having looked at the section of this site featuring Tudor Ghost Stories, and that alleged image of Henry VIII's ghost, I feel pretty irked that Henry should be allowed to haunt anybody. If there's any justice in the afterlife, it's his victims who should be haunting him! Any thoughts on this, folks?
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|1103NEast||The End of Henry (Ghosts welcome him to the hereafter)||5||Jun 6 2010, 3:01 PM EDT by coronation|
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I wish the Tudors would continue on! I suppose everyone has their own ideas about Henry VIII. With the end of the series approaching, I tried to imagine the last scene. In my mind, it should have a little ironic twist like this….
Henry VIII is on his death bed. He looks up to see the ghost of Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell, John Lambert and William Tyndale.
Henry VIII: I’m surprised to see you here.
Anne: Your Grace executed me as a witch despite my church work.
Henry VIII: Oh, yes. I confessed that to Cranmer earlier.
Cromwell: You have me executed because Norfolk suspected I was a secret Lutheran.
Tyndale: I don’t believe we have met; but you had me burned at the stake for printing the Bible in English.
Lambert: You had me thrown into the fires at Smithfield for communion.
Henry VIII: I had rather expected to be greeted by Cardinal Wolsey or Sir Thomas More when I reached the hereafter.
Cromwell: Your Grace, they had to be excused for another appoint in the Catholic side of heaven.
Henry VIII: Then, are the four of you here to punish me?
Anne: Punish you? Or no, we are not here to punish you.
Cromwell: To the contrary, we have been sent to welcome you and honor your Majesty.
Henry VIII: I have always been a good Catholic.
Cromwell: Life is funny like that. You start off as one person and end up another.
Henry VIII: But, you said you were here to honor me.
Anne: Oh, Henry, don’t you see? All of us are Protestants which you had executed; any yet, from hence forth, you will always be known as the first protestant king of England.
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