The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is a ghost, which reportedly haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk. It became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when photographers from Country Life magazine claimed to have captured its image. The “Brown Lady” is so named because of the brown brocade dress it is claimed she wears. According to legend, the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686–1726), the sister of Robert Walpole, generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. The story says that when Townshend discovered that his wife had committed adultery with Lord Wharton he punished her by locking her in her rooms in the family home, Raynham Hall. According to Mary Wortley Montagu, Dorothy was in fact entrapped by the Countess of Wharton. She invited Dorothy over to stay for a few days knowing that her husband would never allow her to leave it, not even to see her children. She remained at Raynham Hall until her death in 1726 from smallpox. Read More | Edit
Evening dress, Worth, circa 1884. Striped dark and light brown silk brocade and velvet. Long bodice with portrait neckline trimmed in brown green satin; off-white lace cuffs. Skirt with brown green satin back panel that extends into a train. Trimmed with dark and light brown silk fringe and tassels
A kitchen you couldn’t get away with now – two-tone wood cabinet and drawer faces, brass button hardware, harvest gold appliances, busy pattern kitchen carpet, busier pattern wallpaper (roses and limes with teasel pods?), a kitchen window that is both small and unuseable in placement covered with yellow tulle and brown brocade, wall-mount paper towel holder, green metal coffee/sugar containers, black outlet covers in the middle of white wallpaper, and… dig them corduroys. I can picture the Scott brothers with sledges now.
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is known as the world’s most famous ghost photo. The two photographers saw the misty figure descending the staircase and managed to capture this amazing photograph. The full report appeared in Country Life Magazine.