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Mosborough Hall was an ancient Manor House, the earliest parts of which date back to medieval times. It survives today as Mosborough Hall Hotel and still retains its stately charm behind a somewhat foreboding exterior appearance. Partly hidden by tall, stark trees, an air of mystery is enhanced by a high stone wall which hides the intimacies of the Hall from passers-by using the quiet Hallow Lane. There was a doorway through the wall, which was used by servants when they collected milk or eggs from the farm opposite. Many tales were told of strange noises and voices heard around this doorway, sufficient enough to raise a prickle on the back of the neck when walking past in the dim light of a fading evening. Part of the Hall's history can also be traced to royalty. Henry VIII, having tired of his pregnant mistress Mary Boleyn and desirous of marrying Anne Boleyn, arranged Mary's marriage to William Carey of Mosborough Hall, where his son Henry was born. Elizabeth I later conferred a Barents upon him when he became Baron Hunsden. The entrance side, seen here, was built in the 18th century, enclosing the two tudor wings.