Rochford Hall was once owned by Sir Thomas Boleyn, also of BLICKLING HALL, Norfolk. According to a persistent tradition, it was the birthplace in 1507 of his daughter Anne. Charlotte Mason, writing in 1928, says, ‘There is a very large room … called Anne Boleyn’s Nursery, which she is still supposed to visit at night.’ Though some argue that, even if not born at Rochford, she may have spent some of her early years there, it was not in the present building which appears to date to the end of the reign of Henry VIII. However, it is natural that, given her fame and horrific death, she should be connected in local legend with any place associated with the Boleyns. She is perhaps England’s most ubiquitous ghost, traditionally said to haunt not only Rochford and Blickling, but also Hever Castle in Kent and THE TOWER of London.



Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
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