outdoor adventures

When bright flowers bloom

It was a beautiful, sunny spring day last Friday so I decided to visit one of my favourite places in Norfolk, Blickling Hall. Blickling Hall is a National Trust historic building, which is about 14 miles out of Norwich.


Blicking Hall was once in the possession of the Boleyn family, and home to Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and his wife, Elizabeth, between 1499 and 1505. It is presumed that their first two children Mary and George were born at Blickling Hall, along with several other Boleyn infants who did not live long. If the couple’s most famous child, Anne, was born before 1505 (as one school of historical thought contends) then she too was born at Blickling. Other historians maintain that Anne was born after 1505, probably in 1507, and by that time Sir Thomas had moved to Hever Castle in Kent. Nonetheless, a statue and portrait of Anne Boleyn reside in Blickling Hall claiming “Anna Bolena hic nata 1507” (Anne Boleyn born here 1507).

It is said that every year, on the anniversary of her execution, Anne Boleyn’s headless ghost arrives at Blickling Hall in a carriage drawn by a headless horseman. But she hasn’t lost her head completely in the afterlife — she carries it along with her during her hauntings, Wikipedia, 2009.

Thankfully I have never seen the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, only the beautiful spring flowers and fantastic scenery.

The grounds of the home are beautiful and with it being spring there were ducklings everywhere. If you ever get the chance to visit you really should. You can also hire bikes and there are a number of long walks around the estate and neighbouring conutryside.

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