The headless ghost of Anne Boleyn

This grand Norfolk residence is home to the ghost of Anne Boleyn

This grand Norfolk residence is home to one of history’s most famous phantoms: Anne Boleyn. Blickling Hall stands on the site of an older medieval manor, which is thought to have been her birthplace.

Anne Boleyn was famously beheaded on the orders of her husband Henry VIII when he became frustrated that she didn’t bear him a son and heir.

Headless ghost

Now her headless ghost is said to return every year on 19 May, the anniversary of her execution.
As night falls, Anne Boleyn’s ghost rides up to the house, in a coach drawn by a headless horseman, with her own head on her lap. The moment the coach arrives in front of the house it vanishes into thin air.

Tradition also has it that when news of Anne’s death reached Blickling Hall in 1536, four headless horses were seen dragging the body of a headless man across Norfolk.

Ghost of Sir Thomas

Anne Boleyn’s father, Sir Thomas, is also said to haunt hereabouts, having been cursed for taking no action to prevent two of his children being executed by Henry VIII. Each year his ghost has to attempt to cross 12 bridges before cockcrow. His frantic route takes him from Blickling to Aylsham, Burgh, Buxton, Coltishall, Meyton, Oxnead and Wroxham. 

The spirit of 'Falstaff'

Other less dramatic ghostly residents of Blicking Hall include the spirit of Sir John Falstofe, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Falstaff. And Sir Henry Hobart’s dying groans are said to be heard emanating from the West Turret Bedroom on the anniversary of his death.