Brown Lady of Raynham

The ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole, wife of Lord Townsend. She had an adulterous affair with Lord Wharton and when her husband found out he punished her by locking her in her rooms in Raynham Hall, where she remained until her death in 1726. Others say she was entrapped by the Countess of Wharton. The first recorded sighting of her ghost was in 1835. The name comes from the brown brocade she is said to wear.



  • Rye, W., ed.(1877). The Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany. Vol. 2. Norwich: Samuel Miller and Co., p. 292.