Famous Haunted Places: Anne of Cleves House ~ Lewes, East Sussex, UK
by Christine B.
This 15th century medieval Tudor home was given to Queen Anne as part of her divorce settlement from King Henry the VIII in 1541. It is now a museum of sorts that has been furnished to reflect its original time period and contains a famous collection of Sussex pottery. It is also believed to be haunted by Queen Anne.
East Sussex is an extremely paranormally active area of England, with several other ancient landmarks claiming to have resident ghosts and/or spirit, including several castles. It would be a must see destination for any ghost hunter visiting England.
Although Queen Anne never resided at the house, it is infamous for its paranormal activity and is a destination on many Ghost Walk tours in the area. Among other things, visitors have reported feeling cold spots and felt as though they were being watched in one of the bedrooms on the second floor of the house.
The town of Lewes is said to have been built upon burial grounds, which would account for the paranormal activity that is present in many of the buildings there. As a matter of fact, the name “Lewes” was taken from the old English word, “hlaw,” which means “a place at the burial mounds” or town on a burial mound. The area also has a long history of trauma. The battle of Lewes was fought there where thousands of soldiers lost their lives. During the reign of Queen Mary, (1555) many Protestant residents were burnt to death in Lewes, as well.
The home had been owned and occupied by various people until the Sussex Archeological Society took it over in 1923. No one knows for sure who the spirit in residence is, but several people have seen it and have felt its presence. If you have visited this lovely home, I’d love to hear from you.