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Madingley Hall


This Tudor mansion was built by John Hynde in 1543 and is said to have numerous secret passages. Many houses from this period have passages and secret priest holes especially if they were owned by Catholic families when England was ruled by Protestants.

The hall is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Ursula Hynde, who was the wife of John, the builder of the house. Her son, Sir Francis, was notorious in the area for pulling down religious edifices and using the proceeds and timber to rebuild parts of the hall. Lady Ursula was supposedly horrified by her son's lack of piousness and haunts the hall wringing her hands in grief. She is said to walk from the hall to the nearby church on Christmas Eve.

Phantom music and ghostly women have also been witnessed at the hall.

Directions: The hall lies just outside Cambridge off the A428.


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