Phenomena Friday – The Brown Lady

This photo is probably the most famous ghost photos taken over the years. The apperition is believed to be the ghost of  Lady Dorothy Townshend. She was the wife of Charles Townshend, the 2nd Viscount of Raynham. They were residents of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England in the early 1700s. There were rumors of infidelity on her side. There were even more rumors about her death in 1726. Supposedly she was buried in 1726 but many suspected that her husband  locked away Lady Dorothy in a far section of the house until she later died.

According to records, King George IV, early in 1800 saw an image of a woman in a brown dress beside his bed.  A Captain Frederick Marryat and his friends also saw the brown lady gliding along an upstairs hallway. She was carrying a lantern.

The photo above was taken in September, 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira, two photographers who were assigned to photograph Raynham Hall for Country Life magazine.

The Brown Lady ghost was published in an issue of Country Life on the December 16, 1936. The ghost has been seen by others since.


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