I've previously written about Tudor ghosts in my 2011 Halloween post, but since writing it I've learned more about some spooky sightings and I thought that was worth its own post. Do check that one out as well - you might enjoy those stories, too!
Here are a few of my favorite Tudor hauntings and spooky sites - some of which you may have heard of, as well as some that you (hopefully) have not… I hope you enjoy!
Sudeley Castle: Many will know that Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, died at Sudeley Castle, most likely of childbed fever. According to castle legend, her spirit has never left! Visitors have reported seeing Catherine dressed in a flowing green Tudor gown, staring out of windows and wandering through the beautiful gardens.
Rycote Chapel: This chapel in Oxfordshire was built in the 15th century and is home to at least three ghosts. We have another "grey lady" who has been spotted both in and out of the chapel. In addition, there is a monk dressed in brown robes who can be seen underneath an oak tree within the grounds. And lastly, a 17th century milk maid reportedly roams the area around the chapel.
Queen's Staircase, Hampton Court Palace: Here's an interesting story from a lady in 2009 who visited Hampton Court and experienced quite a strange encounter at the Queen's Staircase. She reports that when she walked towards the staircase, she heard someone yell "Make way for the King!" though no one was around. She took a photo of the staircase, and later discovered the faint image of a ghostly Tudor woman on the stairs. It's certainly hard to tell who she caught in the image, but given the many haunted stories about Hampton Court, I'm not at all surprised!
Donington le Heath Manor House: This is a particularly fascinating story to me, and a very recent one! Just last year, amateur ghost hunters at this medieval manor house in Leicestershire, believe they made contact with Richard III's ghost through an audio recording. This location, said to be where the king spent his final night before riding off to the Battle of Bosworth, is where the investigators stood - next to the bed, asking "What is your name?" Several seconds later, a male voice mumbles a word they've interpreted as "Richard." The investigators then thank him for sharing his name with them. Although they're not officially claiming it is Richard III, it's a fun thought, isn't it? Check out the video with the recording below...
I've shared with you in this post some of the less famous Tudor ghost stories. I haven't included the famed ghosts of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, or Elizabeth I, and I haven't talked about the Tower of London. Please check out my post from 2011 for those stories, while appreciating these lesser-known spirits as well!
Lastly, if you have any stories of your own that you'd like to share, please do - both here in the comments and on the Facebook page!