Historic Barley Hall will play host to a gaggle of ghastly ghouls this October Half Term who all have a score to settle with Henry VIII.
York is already well known for its ghostly-credentials; being named in 2002 as one of the most haunted cities in the world, and this Halloween the city will live up to that name with two evenings of royal haunting at the medieval townhouse of Barley Hall.
Taking place on the 30th and 31st October, visitors, both young and young at heart, will be welcomed into the 14th century townhouse, which will be lit by candlelight, and into the presence of Henry VIII to join him for a bone-chilling night where all his mistakes come back to, quite literally, haunt him.
“Henry VIII certainly made some enemies during his 38 year reign, none more so than a few of his wives that he discarded, either by divorce, or more severely, by beheading, so it will come as no surprise that Anne Boleyn & Catherine Howard’s spirits would have no issue coming back to haunt their ex-husband!”
Commented Danielle Daglan, Head of Head of Festivals, Events & Hospitality at York Archaeological Trust, the owners of Barley Hall.
It’s not just the ghosts of queens that have been spotted; reports have also come in that one of Henry’s former servants, Sir Henry Norris, the Groom of the Stool, who was executed in 1536 for alleged treason against the King, has returned as well.
“The Groom of the Stool was a very important role in the Tudor court, as they had very intimate access to the monarch. They were privy to all his thoughts, able to give council and were a source of information for other courtiers. This was a coveted role at court and I’m sure that Sir Henry wasn’t best pleased to lose his job – and his head – for just doing his job for a paranoid King!”
Halloween at the Hall: The Horrible Haunting of Henry VIII takes place Friday 30th and Saturday 31st, 5pm to 8pm, tickets are £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children. For more information and to book visit www.barleyhall.co.uk or call 01904 615505.
Photo Caption: Henry VIII (Nathan Wade), centre flanked by the horrid ghosts of Catherine Howard (Jess Murray), right and Anne Boleyn (Helen Diggle), left in Barley Hall.
The International Ghost Research Foundation named York the most haunted city in Europe in 20012, with 504 hauntings within the confines of the city walls.