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Norwich Streets -- T Augustine Steward House, Tombland. The building which dates back over 400 years was built in 1526 by Augustine Steward, a mercer, who was sheriff in 1526, mayor in 1546 and 1556 and a Burgess in Parliament in 1547. At the start of the 20th century the premises were occupied by antique dealer Charles Cubitt who in 1924 offered the building for sale. It was bought by the Norfolk Archeological Trust and, in 1960, to ensure that the cost of preservation could be met it was taken over by the Corporation and at the time this photograph was taken was occupied by the East Anglian Tourist Board Dated -- 28 October 1987 Photograph -- C5275
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
With Halloween upon us we turn our attention to things that go bump in the night and give the people of Norwich and Norfolk a fright.
The county has its fair share of ghostly goings on and today, we ask you to name your favourite spooky Norfolk story from the following chilling catalogue of terrifying tales.
The Lady in Grey
When the plague killed the occupants of this building, the Augustine Steward House in Norwich’s Tombland was boarded up for several weeks. Unfortunately a young girl in the house had survived; she staved to death, unable to escape. Her grey ghost haunts both the Augustine Steward House and the Tombland alleyway, her grey form drifting around, the legs fading away just below the knee.
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
She is a ghost which reportedly haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk. It became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when the image of the ‘Brown Lady’ was captured by photographers from Country Life magazine who were photographing the staircase in 1936, where it would become one of the most famous paranormal photographs of all time. The “Brown Lady” is so named because of the brown brocade dress it is claimed she wears.
Anne Boleyn’s ghost
Blickling Hall is believed to be haunted by a famous historical figure. The house is said to be visited by the spirit of Anne Boleyn, killed in 1536. An apparition is said to appear at the north Norfolk stately home on the anniversary of her death, 19 May. Anne, who was the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded just days before he married Jane Seymour. In a 2007 survey,
The National Trust said it was their most haunted house. Anne Boleyn’s ghost is said to draw up to the door of the Jacobean hall in a carriage pulled by headless horses and driven by a headless coachman. The sprawling property was built on the site of a former manor which was once home to Anne Boleyn, who was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Some people believe it was her birthplace, although there is no evidence to support this. Anne’s father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, is also said to haunt Blickling Hall, along with Sir John Falstolfe and Sir Henry Hobart.
The Happisburgh Torso
Also known as the Pump Hill Ghost, The Happsiburgh Torso was a legless sailor, his head attached to his body by a strip of flesh, who was seen disappearing into the well at Well Corner by a couple of farmers in 1765.
Reports say the well was drained, revealing two sacks - one containing a legless body with its head hanging off, while the other held a man’s legs, complete with boots.
Black Shuck, Old Shuck, Old Shock or simply Shuck is the name given to a ghostly black dog which is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. Accounts of the animal form part of the folklore of Norfolk, Suffolk, the Cambridgeshire fens and Essex.
According to folklore, the spectre haunts the landscapes of East Anglia, primarily coastline, graveyards, sideroads, crossroads, bodies of water and dark forests.