Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
it too much to drink or was it something more malevolent one Christmas
season of 1835? Raynham Hall,
in Norfolk, England, offered one of its guests a glimpse of its now famous
Brown Lady one evening. As
Colonel Loftus returned to his room that night, he passed a figure of a
woman dressed in brown satin. Taking
a closer look, he noticed her face fairly glowed and the absence of
eyeballs. A small detail but
it left a lasting impression upon the colonel.
later, Captain Frederick Marryat stayed at Raynham Hall and was told the
stories of her appearance. That
night, he and two friends saw a woman carrying a lamp towards them down an
upstairs hallway, the light of the lamp reflected off her brown dress.
As she passed the men hiding in a doorway, she smiled at them,
revealing the sightless holes that bespoke her apparition.
Captain Marryat got a bit too enthusiastic and shot at the ghost at
point-blank range, causing the woman to disappear and the owners of
Raynham Hall to patch a hole in the wall and grumble about hotheads and
Brown Lady was not reported again until 1926, when seen by two boys.
In 1936, two photographers from the magazine Country Life
arrived to photograph the house. The main staircase was being photographed that day, one
picture had already been taken and the photographer was readying another
plate for use when the other photographer shouted that he could see
something descending the stairs. It
looked to be a woman in a veil and was coming quickly towards them,
Provand took the shot at the command of the photographer holding the
flash-gun and did not see the figure, when he looked up, she was gone.
When the photograph was developed, however, it showed a dim shadowy
figure on the stairs. No
features can be seen, especially her lack of eyes, but the outline is
experts were called in to examine the picture by Country Life , who
testified that they believed the picture to be authentic.
She has not been seen at Raynham Hall since 1936, perhaps she’s
waiting for the movie…