Ghostly Stories..

The Ghost of Anne Boleyn

By Esmeralda Dean

The ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn is one of the most famous ghosts around the world, but especially in the UK. Her ghost is special in a certain way, since she doesn’t appears only in a place, as usually the ghosts do, but she seems to haunt a number of different locations though out the UK.
Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII, his first wife being Catherine of Aragon. Like every man back then, Henry desired a boy, since he already had a girl, named Princess Mary, with Catherine. But the first child with Anne was also a girl, Elizabeth, who later becomes Queen Elizabeth I. Because of this, the relationship of the couple deteriorated in time, and Henry began to court a new queen.
Meanwhile, Anne became pregnant again, but the child was stillborn. Henry then decided to get rid of Anne and he arrested and locked her in the Tower of London. Her execution was scheduled on 18 May 1536 and she was buried under the chapel’s altar. This is one place where her ghost is spotted once in a while.
She was also seen at the window in the Dean’s Cloister at Windsor castle; in the grounds of Blickling Hall (built during the reign of King James I and was in the possession of the Boleyn family between 1499 and 1507), dressed all in white and seated in a ghostly carriage that is drawn by headless horses and spurred on by a headless coachman.
Anne is also headless, holding her head securely in her lap. It is also said that Sir Thomas Boleyn, who stated his belief of Anne’s guilt at her trial has not found peace and as a punishment, he has to drive his spectral coach and horses over the 12 bridges that lie between Blickling and Wroxham every single year.


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