Haunted: Hunstanton Hall, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk
Stewart | On 01, Jul 2017
The Haunting of Hunstanton Hall
The Le Strange family have had their ancestral home located in Old Hunstanton since the time of William the Conqueror.
In the mid-18th century, Dame Armine le Strange moved into Hunstanton Hall after her brother Sir Henry died.
One of Armine’s prize possessions was a gift from the Shah of Persia… it was a beautiful Persian rug!
Now it’s said that Armine’s son was a bit reckless with the family’s wealth.
So, on her deathbed Armine made her son promise to her that her prize possession would remain at Hunstanton Hall.
At what’s more, if the rug would ever leave the hall, she would return from the grave to haunt the house!
After the death of Armine, her son was good to his word as he placed the old rug in a wooden box and put it in the attic where no harm could come to it.
Well eighty years later and I think you can probably guess what happens next…
There was a new mistress at Hunstanton Hall called Emmeline le Strange.
One day, she came across the boxed up moth eaten old rug in the attic.
Not knowing of the cursed on the rug, she decided that it would be cut up and she would then distribute the pieces to the poor of the village.
When Emmeline returned at dusk to the hall after her good deed in the village, she saw a woman in grey at one of the first floor windows glaring down at her!
She also noticed that the lady looked similar to her husband and naturally assumed a relative had come to visit them.
Entering to the hall, Emmeline asked the servants who the lady was and whether she had been offered any refreshments.
She was surprised when the servants were adamant that there had been no visitors to the hall that day.
On the return of her husband, Emmeline told him about the rug and the lady in grey at the window…
He soon put two and two together remembering his ancestor Armine and the story of her cursed rug.
That night, the couple had a disturbed sleep due to sound of phantom footsteps pacing around outside their bedroom door.
The next day, it was decided that all the rug’s pieces were to be collected from the village sown back together.
Unfortunately, this did not appease the ghost of Armine.
You see, it’s said that she continued to haunt Hunstanton Hall until Emmeline died.
Today, the hall has been converted into posh apartments with some spooked residents reporting that they have witnessed a ghostly apparition of an angry lady dressed in grey!
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley