Can a house be haunted by a skull of an occupant who lived there 300 years ago? Various owners of the Great Hall of Burton Agnes, Humberside, England, have found that it can!
Centuries ago the property was in the possession of Ann Griffith and her two sisters. The three sisters lavished vast amounts of money on the buildings and grounds. Anne, the youngest of the three was known to be particularly fond of her home and obsessed with the work that still needed to be done to bring it up to her high standards.
Sadly, one day after visiting friends the young woman was attacked, robbed and left for dead. She was found later barely alive and carried to her beloved home Burton Agnes Hall. Despite the best care she died a few days later of her terrible injuries. However, before she died she had made a rather grisly demand oN her sisters i.e. that her head be preserved in the walls of the house. She added that if they did not grant this her dying wish that she would do everything she could to break free from her grave and return to haunt them and the house.
Her sisters agreed to her odd request but after she died they considered it just too gruesome and so buried her complete body in the family vaults.
Within a few days they had reason to regret this decision as crashing noises began to be heard for which there was no humanly explanation. One night the whole house was awakened by doors slamming everywhere throughout the building. Night after groans echoed through the corridors and at last the sisters decided to agree to the request their younger sister had made. Anne's corpse was exhumed and oddly was found to be a perfect condition expect for the head which had been reduced to a skull!!
The skull was taken into the house and the disturbances ended immediately. Some years later however a servant threw Anne's skull into a passing cart as a prank, but the horse immediately stopped and stood sweating in terror. It was only when the owner of the cart returned the skull to the house, that the horse calmed and was able to carry on its journey.
Over the years, owners of the house have tried to bury the skull in the garden but such bad luck has followed that they have brought it back in.
The skull of Anne Griffith is now built in behind a carved screen in the Great Hall, and a portrait of her hangs on the staircase looking down on the house she loved so much she could not bear to leave it - even in death.
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