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Inside Britain's most haunted house where owner 'saw body walking with no head'

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It's 160 years since a new home built for a vicar became the UK’s most haunted house. The churchman and his family suffered a series of terrifying and unexplained events after moving into Borley Rectory in 1862.Now as David Tennant plays a vicar with a secret in BBC drama Inside Man, James Moore reveals the place’s mysterious history. READ MORE: Truss to 'plan goodbye drinks soon' as Johnson 'returns for sympathy', psychic predicts By the time Borley Rectory was being built in 1862 the place already had a mysterious past.Constructed for the Essex village’s new vicar Reverend Henry Dawson Ellis Bull, the gothic house replaced another rectory that had been destroyed by fire in 1841.The site was associated with the legend of an old monastery and a monk who had a relationship with a nun.It’s said she ended up bricked inside her convent’s walls after it was exposed.Once Bull and his family moved into their home things started getting more sinister.Strange rapping sounds and rushing water were heard in the house and a maid left after enduring regular unexplained footsteps outside her door at night.Bull’s daughter Ethel was slapped in the face by an unseen hand as she lay in bed, while she and his other children reported seeing the nun in the grounds.

Chillingly, both a gardener and handyman swore they’d seen a similar figure on different occasions. When Bull died in 1892 his son Harry took over.

On one occasion he reported his dog had found a pair of legs sticking out of bushes near the house. When he approached, they moved.

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