Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall (pictured above) is an Elizabethan manor house built by Sir Henry Griffith in 1601 to designs attributed to Robert Smythson. There is an older Norman Manor House, originally built in 1173 on an adjacent site; both buildings are now Grade I listed buildings.


The house is renowned for it’s haunting by the ghost of 'Awd Nance'. In life, she was Ann Griffith, youngest daughter of the owner Sir Henry Griffith. She was regarded as an "enthusiastic supporter of the project" to build the Hall, which to some perhaps explains her strong connection to remain. Tragically, Anne was robbed and mortally wounded at Harpham. As she lay dying she made a request that she wanted her head to remain at the hall after death. This promise was not fulfilled, and there then followed such "frantic" haunting phenomena that her body was exhumed. Upon opening the coffin, a grim discovery was made - she was already decapitated and her head now a skull, but her body showed no signs of decomposition. The head was duly returned to maintain peace. However, since that time, any attempts at burying the head have led to a resumption of the haunting.

Burton Agnes Hall,

Burton Agnes,


East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB.


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For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by J A Brooks and Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.


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Driffield, also known as Great Driffield, is a market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Driffield lies in the Yorkshire Wolds, on the Driffield Navigation (canal), and near the source of the River Hull.

Pictured left is Burton Agnes Hall courtesy of RobertG. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.