This month I took advantage of one of my Christmas gifts, which was a weekend away with my husband at Mosborough Hall near Sheffield. Mosborough Hall is a beautiful old building which was formerly owned by William Carey, the husband of Mary Boleyn, whose sister Anne spent so much time fighting to marry Henry VIII only to have her head cut off. The building has recently been renovated and now has a modern extension which holds the bar, but several of its rooms still retain their old-fashioned charm – and, in the case of the John Lord Darcy suite, the ghost of the White Lady.
Guess which room we were staying in.
The story of the White Lady of Mosborough Hall goes back to the 1600s, when a governess had a dalliance with the married squire and found herself pregnant. Being financially strapped, the squire withdrew his promise to set her up with a house and money for the baby, and in desperation the girl threatened to tell his wife – at which point he slit her throat. Guests have reported seeing the figure of a woman in white as well as hearing the angry voices of their final argument which led to her death.
Well, how could I resist? After all, ghost or no ghost, the room was stunningly beautiful, and the surroundings were just perfect to serve as research for my current WIP. My husband doesn’t believe in ghosts, but I’d promised to give him a nudge if any White Ladies showed up at the end of the bed.
None did. Admittedly I didn't bother with the Yvette Fielding routine - the room was so full of creaks and bangs that I could have been having a conversation with the floorboards. Although we did capture the below photo…
…but I suspect that the nearest we got to a White Lady was in the cocktail bar.