Borley, Essex, England

Borley Church

Borley Rectory

The village of Borley is infamous for the 'Borley Rectory Affair', involving the alleged haunting of the rectory. At one time, Borley rectory was regarded as the “most haunted house in England”, but since its demolition and subjection to further scrutiny, many suspect that the haunting was either exaggerated or completely fabricated.


The case is synonymous with the psychical researcher, Harry Price, who spent significant time devoted to studying the haunting.


The reported phenomena included the appearance of a nun, a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen, audible phenomena and words being found scrawled on walls.


Many books have been written about the case, and it usually features in any anthology on ghosts and hauntings. However, we would suggest reading books on the subject by Harry Price, Peter Underwood and the Society for Psychical Research.


For more information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe; Britain's Haunted Heritage by J A Brooks and Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Borley is a village and civil parish in Essex, England.

It is located on the River Stour, approximately 1.9 miles northwest of Sudbury, Suffolk and is 24 miles north-northeast from the county town of Chelmsford.

Pictured left is Borley Church courtesy of Oxyman. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.