Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
Felbrigg Hall is a 17th-century country house in North Norfolk, maintained by the National Trust. The house is noted for its Jacobean architecture and Georgian interior.
William Windham inherited the Hall in 1749. In 1809 a fire broke out in a friend’s London library. William couldn’t bear to see the books burn and risked his life rescuing precious volumes. He was badly injured in the flames and died a few weeks later. But his ghost is still seen in the library at Felbrigg catching up on his reading. Staff and volunteers report seeing William sitting at the library table or relaxing in a library chair.
If you visit, you will find a large photograph hanging on the wall in one of the rooms downstairs. It is a photograph taken showing a ghost on the landing just outside the Library. A young woman stands with her mouth open in shock, her book and candlestick dropped in fear at the sight of the spectre by the panelled door, a shadowy figure whose face is cloaked by fabric and who appears to be pointing towards the woman on the stairs. The women in the photograph are Gertrude and Marion Ketton, the shocked woman is thought to be Gertrude, the ‘ghost’ being her sister. It’s thought the picture was taken in the 1870s or 1880s and within years, both sisters were dead. Some believe they had been poisoned by the toxic wallpaper which covered the attic: arsenic was a key ingredient in the shade Paris Green, a Victorian pigment which was fashionable at the time and often used in inks and textile dyes.