Tudor links in the East of England

A group of cyclists outside the Tower on the Blickling Estate

Kings, queens, a ghost and a priest hole connect Blickling Estate and Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, to Tudor times.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

The present Blickling Hall is a Jacobean house that stands on the site of a former medieval manor. It's this manor that's thought to have been the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII.
The manor was bought by Anne’s great-grandfather Geoffrey Boleyn. Executed by Henry, Anne’s ghost is said to haunt Blickling on 19 May, the anniversary of her death.

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Oxburgh Hall was built during the Wars of the Roses by the Bedingfeld family.
This castle-like family home has an impressive gatehouse containing the King's and Queen's rooms, named to commemorate the visit of Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth in 1487.
The family later had a priest hole constructed in the garderobe (lavatory) leading from the King's Room.