By Sarah Khan
While taking photographs of the magnificent staircase in 1936, a photographer accidentally captured the image of a ghost descending the stairs! This photo was published in COUNTRY LIFE magazine and has since become the most accurate proof of a haunting. The ghost in the photo is suspected to be that of Lady Dorothy Walpole, but is known as the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall because of a brown dress she is supposedly wearing.
Lady Dorothy Walpole was the second wife of Charles Townsend, whose family resided in Raynham Hall for many years. Charles was known for his wild temper and fits of anger. There are two conflicting stories regarding Dorothy's death. One states simply that she died peacefully and was buried, but another more sinister legend has it that the funeral was a rouse and that Charles had actually locked Dorothy up in one of the many rooms of Raynham Hall and she died there. The latter explains why she still resides there!
The Brown Lady was first seen in 1835 during a Christmas dinner party. This sighting was so firghtful and shocking that many staff actually quit that night! Soon after, the Brown Lady was spotted again by another guest visiting Raynham Hall and he said that he was drawn to her outdated clothing and her empty eye-sockets.
These sightings continued until 1936 when Captain Hubert C. Provand captured the infamous photograph of the Brown Lady descending the stairs and since then the sightings have decreased. Perhaps the Brown Lady is a shy ghost and embarassed by her fame? Or maybe she is being more wise about to whom she reveals herself!
Check back tomorrow for the Spookiest Place in the world!