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Haunted: Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norfolk

| On 01, Jul 2017

 


The Haunting of Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest houses in East Anglia.

It’s well known in this part of the world for its stunning Jacobean architecture and elegant Georgian interior.

Originally the hall was owned by the Felbrigg family but then was acquired by the wealthy Wyndham family in the 15th century.

The hall remained in the Wyndham family for many generations and some say that even today not all of them have left!

The James Paine designed Gothic library at Felbrigg is said to be haunted by the book loving William Windham III.

In the summer of 1809 William was at his London home in Pall Mall when he noticed that a house on Conduit Street was on fire.

This house was close to his friend Robert North’s house who he knew had a library of valuable books.

William with the help of others managed to save many valuable books and manuscripts from the fire but unfortunately during his rescue attempt he fell and badly bruised his hip.

Later the bruise turned into a tumour which needed to be operated on.

Sadly, William died as a result of the operation!

Today, it’s said that the ghost of William haunts his beloved library.

Witnesses visiting the Gothic library have seen his ghostly apparition sitting in a chair by a roaring fire engrossed in one of his favourite books.

Other times he’s seen standing by the table where his best-loved books are sometimes laid out.

If you wander around the grounds of Felbrigg Hall you’ll come across the ancient Great Woods.

The woods consist of oak, sweat chestnut, conifers and the ghost of Mad Windham!

Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of Mad Windham driving his phantom coach through the wood at breakneck speed.

Born in 1840, Mad Windham was by all accounts a bit of a character.

He loved to take passengers on his coach free of charge and as quickly as he could to Norwich just for the heck of it!

There’s a ghostly tale from Felbrigg Hall which was often told by the spooked maids of the hall.

Whenever they passed a certain door within Felbrigg their candles would mysteriously be blown out.

They would then hear a ghostly female voice beckoning them into the room.

Once entering the room they would always find it empty and eerily quiet!

 
Bibliography
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley