Wednesday, 30 March 2011

BLICKLING HALL

Wednesday 30th March.

Blickling Hall was home to the Boleyn family and is rumored to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn.
Blickling Hall is located in the village of Blickling in Norfolk, England. The first manor house on the Blickling Estate was owned by King Harold during the eleventh century when he was the Earl of the East Saxons.
In 1850 Blickling Hall passed to the 11th Marquis of Lothian. In 1940 he left the hall and surrounding 4,500 acre estate to the National Trust in 1940. The estate has been in the care of the National Trust since. In 1960 the National Trust began restoring the property and it was opened to the public in 1962.

In October 2007 Blickling Hall was voted the most haunted house in Britain in a National Trust survey. It is said to be haunted by at least four ghosts. The most famous is Anne Boleyn whose headless ghost appears at the home on the anniversary of her execution, May 19. She arrives at Blickling in a carriage driven by a headless coachman and carried her head with her. Each year the ghost of her father, Sir Thomas, attempts to cross twelve bridges before the sun rises. In addition Sir John Fastolfe, who sold Blicking to the Boleyn family also haunts the hall. Finally, some workers have reported a “Grey Lady” who disappears through walls.


Blickling Hall is the venue for our exhibition from 3rd to 9th April.






Just a small corner of the wonderful gardens at Blickling.

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