Monday, June 24, 2013
William Windham And His Love Of Books
Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk was the historic home of the Windham family. In 1749, avid reader William Windham the second inherited the estate, and began to fill the gothic library with hundreds of books. His love of books led to an unfortunate end when a fire broke out in a friend's house in London, as William died in his attempts to save his friend's collection. His ghost is now frequently seen sitting in the armchair on the far side of the fireplace - so frequently in fact that staff put out books for him to read. Spookily, when a box of 18th-century clothes was discovered in the attic in 1973, they matched almost exactly what the ghost is said to wear.