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Haunted: Thornham Hall, Thornham Magna, Suffolk

| On 26, Jun 2017

 


The Hauntings of Thornham Hall

There’s a ghostly tale which began in the early part of the 19th century concerning a girl who once worked for Lord Henniker as a maid…

Apparently, she fell in love with the son of Lord Henniker and they decided to get married.

Lord Henniker got wind of the affair and he wasn’t too please.

You see, being just a domestic maid she wasn’t good daughter-in-law material!

He wanted to put a stop to any idea of married…

He knew that after finishing work at Thornham Hall, she would walk home through a large wood near the property.

It’s said that Lord Henniker instructed his game keeper to lay in wait for the poor girl in the nearby woods.

As she walked by, he was told to set his hunting dogs on her.

The dogs were let loose and they viciously attacked her leaving her for dead in the undergrowth!

The girl’s distraught parents found her lifeless body in the woods the next day.

Today, there’s a road which goes straight through the old wood where the girl was murdered…

Whilst walking along this road at night many terrified witnesses have heard the eerie sound of phantom hunting dogs barking.

They then often witness a misty shape come out of the woods and cross the road in front of them before vanishing into thin air.

This ghostly apparition has become known as the Pink Lady…

It’s said to be the spirit of the terrified young maid trying to escape from the hunting dogs!

There’s another ghostly tale associated with Thornham Hall…

The spooky sounds of a phantom coach and horses are often heard travelling along the hall’s gravel driveway.

It’s said that the ghostly coach and horses are never seen, just heard!

 
Bibliography
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press